Sunday, February 27, 2011

Why Eggs Rule!

 As I was looking through my kitchen, I wanted to find a food that not only had a high percentage of vitamins and minerals, but also could be useful in weight management and helping with satiety.   It was a quick search, as I just had to open my refrigerator and pull out a carton of organic eggs. 

I have been inspired to eat eggs as a protein source since I first saw the movie "Rocky" and watched Sylvester Stallone gulp down 5-6 raw eggs in one quick swoop.   (Surprisingly, as a young teenager,  I actually gulped down a good amount of raw eggs myself and did not get Salmonella or even a bellyache.) *Please Note- I do not recommend this as I was a typical head strong teenager with little common sense and raw eggs can cause Salmonella.

That being said, I still consume eggs every week.  I probably eat on average 8-12 eggs a week because they are easy to prepare, tasty and still a very good source of protein.  One large egg contains approximately 6 grams of protein with only 70 calories and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.  Eggs are a good source of selenium, Vitamin D, biotin and choline.

Choline deficiency is very common in the United States and choline has been found to be beneficial for liver health and the nervous system as well as helping to lower inflammation.  Eggs have also been found to be beneficial for eye health as they contain the flavonoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are both potent antioxidants for preventing macular degeneration and cataracts.

Finally, eggs are not a threat to cholesterol levels and are actually being found to be heart protective.   Study after study now confirms that eating 2-3 eggs a day does not raise cholesterol and that eggs are actually heart protective.  (I had my own cholesterol checked last year and it was a healthy 174 with my HDL cholesterol at high level of 60. )  So go out and eat some eggs.  My favorite ways to prepare eggs are boiling, deviled or making various omelets with vegetables.


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