Why I Love Eggs


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What’s not to love about them? They are an inexpensive source of protein, contain bone-strengthening vitamin D, and provide choline, a compound needed for healthy cells and nerves, especially during pregnancy.  They also contain phytochemicals that are good for you eyes.  The only nutrient blemish is that an egg is high in dietary cholesterol.

But this setback can be be forgotten.  Research suggests that consuming up to one egg daily will not significantly increase blood cholesterol levels or the risk of heart disease in healthy people.  Currently, Americans adults are consuming slightly less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol.  An egg contain a mere 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol, all of it in the yolk.

Eating more egg whites rather than the whole egg is also an option.  When using egg whites in place of whole eggs in a recipe, substitute two egg whites for one whole egg.  Since more than half of the protein in the egg is in the white part, an one egg and many egg whites  can give you a fluffy, protein-packed omelet.

Here are some egg tips and recipes from the American Egg Board:

Easy Hard Cooked Eggs

A Farmer’s Market Omelet

Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble

Muffin Frittatas

The Take-Home Message: When it comes to enjoying eggs, consuming up to an egg daily by healthy folks probably won’t be a problem.

Be well, Joan




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