The Slandered Egg

“If anyone does not have three minutes in his life to make an omelette, then life is not worth living.” – Raymond Blanc

QUESTION:

What do the following foods have in common: bananas, avocados, fruit, butter, coconut oil, red meat, meat, beans, peanuts, and eggs?

ANSWER:

They are all whole and healthy natural foods that have been villianized for some period of time. Of all of these the attack on eggs may be the most frustrating. There is actually a silly video on food going around that compares the health risk of eating an egg a day to smoking five cigarettes daily!

The truth is that eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet:

  • Eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids, and are rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, phosphorous, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2, and B5. They are also an excellent source of choline.

  • Eggs are particularly rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which protect our eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.

  • Eggs are an excellent source of protein. One egg has 6 -7 grams of  high quality protein.

  • Eggs have proven to aid in weight loss. In one study people who ate eggs for breakfast lost up to 65% more weight than people who ate a grain based breakfast.

So what about that cholesterol?

  • It has been shown in many studies that eggs and dietary cholesterol do not adversely affect cholesterol levels in the blood.

  • Eggs actually raise HDL (the good) cholesterol. They also change LDL cholesterol from small, dense LDL  to large LDL, which is benign.

  • A new meta-analysis published in 2013 looked at 17 prospective studies on egg consumption and health. They discovered that eggs had no association with heart disease or stroke. And this isn’t new information. Older studies came to the same conclusion.

I don’t really love eggs but I eat them every day because I feel good when I eat eggs. That, to me, is the best evidence that they are good for me.

By: Sherry Stirling Fernandez