|A Whole Egg|
In my last post, I talked about the differences between cage-free, free-range, and commercial eggs. Now, I want to talk about the eggs themselves. Are they super-foods, or arch villains?
|A "Hole" Egg|
The biggest problem nutritionists have with eggs is the cholesterol found in the yolks. Basically, cholesterol is made by your liver, and can be found in various foods, including eggs. (Read this Wikipedia article for a good explanation of what it is and how it works.) Genetic factors and lifestyle choices likely have more of an impact on your cholesterol level than eating an egg or two per day. We actually do need cholesterol for many vital functions in our bodies, including making Vitamin D and many important hormones. Does it make sense that something our bodies synthesize and use for everyday survival is such a bad guy?
So, if you're going to have an egg for breakfast, go ahead and eat that whole egg, not a "hole" egg. Eggs, especially the yolks, are chock-full of nutrients - proteins, healthy fats, Omega 3's, choline, Vitamins A, D,and E... shall I go on? Nature has provided such a perfect little package of goodness. Why throw half of it away?
A box without hinges, key, or lid
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit