Eggs suffered a bad rap over the last decade when the fat-police were out in force. In the main, they were thought to raise cholesterol so were shunned in favour of low fat foods.
Eggs are actually an extremely healthy and versatile food. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack (hard boiled egg anyone?) and are a fabulous source of protein.
Eggs and cholesterol
The cause for concern here has been debunked, and multiple times in numerous studies. It is now known that dietary cholesterol (the kind that comes from eggs) has little impact on raising overall cholesterol levels in the body. One egg has around 186 mg of cholesterol, and the recommended dietary intake per day is around 300 mg, however this is found in the yolk only. Egg whites are 100% cholesterol free, so eat your heart out here.
Eggs and protein and nutrients
Eggs are an excellent source of vegetarian protein, but their nutritional profile doesn’t stop there. Eggs are also rich in Vitamin A, iron, phosphorous, zinc, as well as Vitamin B12.
Eggs and weight loss
Eggs are high in protein, yet very low in calories (around 60 – 80 per egg, depending on the size), which makes them a great food for weight loss assistance. Egg whites have 15 calories, no saturated fat and no cholesterol. Basically, you get a lot of bang for not much buck.
An egg white omelette (I have posted a recipe here) is one of the best ways to eat eggs and is a delicious, low calorie meal that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Don’t shun eggs – they are a healthy addition to the diet. Purchase organic, free-range eggs wherever possible, to ensure you are eating the highest quality eggs available and incorporate them into your meals.