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THE INCREDIBLE EGG

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
February 19, 2014
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To egg or not to egg?

This question has been floating around since the 70s. Then in the 80s turned around with the catchy, “The incredible, edible, egg!” commercials. In the 90s it was back to egg-whites only. Now we teeter in between. So what’s the real story?

The truth is eggs are really good for you. Eat the whole egg, yolk and all, with reckless abandon. The natural combination of the yolk and the white is a complete, healthful protein package.  Egg whites are okay, but the yolk adds necessary fats for a balanced diet.

 

EGG-CELENT EGGS!

Protein is made of smaller components called amino acids, 12 of which are manufactured by the human body. Another nine, called “essential amino acids” must be obtained from food. A “complete protein” or whole protein is a one that contains all of the essential amino acids. This means that your body can utilize all of it immediately.

As for the whole cholesterol controversy, it’s bunk. For the last few decades, nutrition experts hypothesized that the high cholesterol content of eggs raised blood cholesterol levels – which can increase a person’s risk of heart disease. But the hypothesis was never turned into a truth.  In fact, several studies have shown that the consumption of eggs is not associated with higher cholesterol levels but is associated with higher nutrient intake, since eggs are jam packed with nutrients. To be frank, they are pretty much the perfect food.

In 2000, researchers set out to finally end the controversy and find the nutritional significance of eggs in the American diet. Most importantly, to estimate the degree of association between egg consumption and cholesterol levels. Their results were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition: “Eggs make important nutritional contributions to the American diet and their consumption is not associated with high cholesterol levels.” Specifically, the study showed that egg consumers had a “higher intake of important nutrients like vitamins B12, A, E, and C than non-egg eaters”, and that “people who reported eating four or more eggs per week actually had significantly lower average cholesterol levels than those who reported eating zero to one eggs per week.”

So dig in. Get eggstatic! Have an omlette, egg salad, make one over-easy, hard-boiled, poached…the options are as plentiful as your imagination and they’re all good for you, as long as you keep the other ingredients nutritious as well.

Looking for a great pre-workout snack? Down a hard boiled egg (note: chew). Its natural protein will keep you going far better than a protein bar ever could.

 

 

 

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