Hope all my fellow Canadians had a great long weekend! I thought I would take today to talk a little bit about eggs! Delicious wholesome eggs!
Over the years you hear a lot about eggs. Eggs are good for you. Eggs are bad for you. Only eat egg whites, etc, etc. In my personal opinion I think you should eat the WHOLE egg (yolk and all), but I am going to let you know some facts so you can make your own decision on the matter.
Eggs are an excellent source of lean protein (7 grams/egg); almost half of that protein is contained in the yolk of the egg as well as most of the vitamins and minerals including the coveted Vitamin D for those of you looking for a little sunshine in your life – look to the yolk! You will also be happy to know that eggs contain the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Keep in mind – different strokes for different folks…not everyone will benefit from eating the WHOLE egg. One large egg has about 186 milligrams of cholesterol (ALL in the yolk). If you have a cholesterol problem you may not be so keen to eat the whole egg; but there is definitely room for the whole egg in a well rounded diet. Generally, high blood cholesterol that is associated with heart disease is due to saturated and trans fats, not cholesterol.
“Everything in moderation” is key here. If you are eating a lot of eggs, its nice to have a couple WHOLE eggs mixed with some egg whites to cut down on the fat content. It’s a trick I use when making scrambled eggs and my husband rarely notices a difference.
Lastly, you need to think about how you are cooking your eggs. If you are frying a lot of whole eggs in butter, you are obviously not having a healthy alternative. The best way to eat eggs is to fry them in a little olive oil on the stove-top or enjoy one of my favorites: the hard-boiled egg! So yummy and great as a little pick me up at 3:00pm instead of reaching for a sugary, high calorie snack. The best thing about hard boiled eggs is how easy they are. You can make them and throw them in the fridge for a day or two and reach for one whenever you are feeling peckish!
Go enjoy some delicious and nutritious eggs today!