Eggs are one of my absolute favorite foods…at least the Cadbury variety! Truthfully, I’m not much of a real egg eater, but after reading about them recently, I am going to start incorporating them into our family’s diet more regularly. My kids actually love eggs, especially the scrambled kind in the morning. So adding more eggs shouldn’t be too hard. The following are nine reasons we should eat more eggs:
1. Eggs are a complete protein. Each egg contains about six grams of protein.
2. Eggs contain Vitamins A, E, K and B, and all eight amino acids. They are also one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of Vitamin D, meaning that one egg provides at least 10 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption, helping to form and maintain strong bones. You could practically skip the multi-vitamin and just eat an egg every day!
3. Eggs contain no carbs. If you are like me, you eat more than enough carbs…so finding something that doesn’t have any is a great thing.
4. Eggs are cheap! We even have some friends with chickens who sell eggs for an even better price than the grocery store. But you really can’t beat $2.50 for a dozen of anything these days.
5. Eggs have about 80 calories each. To me, that is just not that much, especially since they are very filling. Which brings me to #6…
6. Eggs are filling. Because of their high protein content, eggs stave off hunger. I like to eat salads, but sometimes I find that I’m hungry after I eat one. Adding hard-boiled eggs can make a good salad more satisfying.
7. Egg whites contain NO fat! I know the yolk does, but if you just eat the whites, you add no extra fat to your diet.
8. Eggs contain high amounts of choline and folic acid…both of which are great for women who are pregnant or nursing.
9. Egg WHITES contain NO cholesterol. Okay, so one whole large egg has about 213 mg of cholesterol — but all of that is found in the yolk. So if you need to limit cholesterol…just eat the whites! If you do eat a whole egg on a given day, limit your other sources of cholesterol for the rest of that day. Consider substituting servings of vegetables for servings of meat, or avoid high-fat dairy products for that day. Actually a small (very small) study was done measuring someone’s cholesterol levels after they consumed a steady amount eggs for two weeks, and the results were surprising.
In the 80’s , eggs began to be labeled as bad for you because of their fat content and their bad choleserol. Like many other things, however, the pendulum has swung back a little, and eggs are now percieved in a much more positive light. How I wish I could say all those great and positive things about the Cadbury Egg! For more on the nutritional value of eggs, “Ask Dr. Sears”…
Do you eat eggs regularly? What is your favorite way to eat them (besides Cadbury style)?