Eggs are often quickly dismissed for having high cholesterol levels. Despite their bad reputation, eggs are actually a nearly perfect food from both a convenience and health standpoint. Notably, eggs contain a spectrum of nutrients and even help with maintaining healthy levels of the good kind of cholesterol: HDL.
Pair this with the fact that they are by far the most versatile food you can find in your pantry, and it begins to become clear why eggs are a veritable superfood. This egg-sposé of the incredible edible egg discusses the truly remarkable qualities that this food possesses.
In a single egg, you get about 10% of your suggested daily intake of vitamins A, B5, B6, B12, and B2, and around the same amount of folate, phosphorus, and selenium. Whether you are starting your day out with an egg or two, or you use them throughout your day in any of their endless applications, you are helping yourself get all of the nutrients you need without the need for supplements or special recipes.
Also, eggs pack in over 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of unsaturated fat (that’s the good kind) and only 77 calories per egg. This means that eggs can help fill you up with nutrients, curbing your appetite and preventing overeating.
Put simply, the myths you’ve heard about eggs being bad for people with concerns about their cholesterol are largely false. Yes, each egg contains 212 mg of cholesterol, but this is not a bad thing, necessarily. Instead of going directly into your blood, your body, which normally produces cholesterol through the liver, recognizes the new cholesterol and adjusts its own production accordingly. In most people, this means that eating eggs has no actual effect on cholesterol levels in the blood.
What’s more, eggs boost the good HDL cholesterol and regulate the levels of LDL cholesterol. This is because they bind the small LDL molecules into larger clusters that are easier for the body to process.
Besides in the thousands of breakfast and brunch recipes that call for eggs, they are also the centerpieces in countless more recipes for all courses from all around the world, from Eggs Benedict to Egg Drop Soup. When they aren’t taking center stage, though, eggs are the binders in meatballs, meatloaves, and meat patties of all kinds. They are the thickeners in sauces and dressings, the topping for your salad or the filling for your sandwich. Eggs can be used in all parts of almost any diet, so don’t be afraid to embrace and enjoy them!
CATEGORIES: Paleo Diet, Alternative Health, Cholesterol, Healthy Foods, Vegetarian