Growing up I kept hearing eggs are not good for you, they raise your cholesterol. Of course, eggs were still used everywhere – salads, flour and egg coatings (a la Juive that is), cakes, but that did not count. Omelettes and fried eggs were the evil ones.
Well, as with many other foods, egg demonisation is a case of misinformation or rather miseducation. Had we known of all the nutrition benefits, perhaps we’d have spent less time queuing for processed sausages…
ANYWAY, we know NOW and would love to share, here are a few reasons to include eggs in your diet:
- Eating eggs does not have an adverse effect on cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people. People with certain genetic disorders might need to avoid or limit consumption.
- Eggs help raise HDL levels (the “good”) cholesterol. People who have higher levels of HDL usually have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and various health problems!
- Eggs contain Choline, which is used to build cell membranes and has a role in producing signalling molecules in the brain. Most people are deficient.
- Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, powerful antioxidants that tend to build up in the retina of the eye.
- Eggs are an excellent source of quality protein.
Here is a great article on eggs from the Authority Nutrition with links to studies, and here is a short video by Dr John Berardi of Precision Nutrition, who is THE top expert in all things healthy, it’s more sports related but energy and strength are needed every day, right?
As mentioned above I’ve never been a huge fan of eggs, in fact, I’ve some aversion to egg yolks, unless they are mixed in/scrambled. BUT since starting weight training I crave eggs and have recently had my first ever RUNNY EGG! OK, the egg was conveniently positioned in the middle of the Lobo Bun (pic below) but the egg yolk went everywhere, covering the whole bun, and did not mind it one bit! The power of psychology 🙂 or of the weight lifting! 🙂 Funnily, I’ve heard about craving eggs from a friend, who recently started working with weights. Just goes to show our bodies KNOW when they need protein. Egg protein is easier to digest, that would explain cravings.
As with genetic diseases there’s a question whether eating eggs is safe for diabetics. Here’s an article from DIABETES.CO.UK, which is more than positive, best to consult your doctor, of course!