Remember the days when you could enjoy your eggs sunny side up or in a nice fluffy omelet
without worrying about your heart and nasty gobs of cholesterol clogging your arteries?
What happened to those days?
Let me tell you a little story?
It all starts back in the early 70's when leisure suits and wood paneling were in fashion? it's also
when the whole connection between cholesterol and heart health all began.
Sometime around 1972, the American Heart Association issued a reportthat stated that you
should limit the amount of eggs you eat so you canreduce cholesterol intake.
All of a sudden? practically overnight? the poor little egg got a bad rap and became labeled the
"forbidden food" of our time.
As a result, for years we were told by so-called "health experts" that we should eat no more than
three per week or any at all!
The egg became Public Enemy #1? especially those evil little yolks?they were the "brains" behind
the egg's artery invasion.
So then the egg white omelet was born.
Truth be told? the thought process behind the whole theory was sound?
These "experts" thought that because eggs have cholesterol in them(especially in those nasty
little yolks) so common sense says that they must raise cholesterol levels in our blood.
But studies now show that this theory is seriously flawed.
For example, the Framingham Heart Study found that egg consumption was unrelated to blood
cholesterol levels or heart conditions.[i].. and that includes the yolks.
In another 14-year study? 117,000 nurses and health professionals found that there was no
difference in the risk for coronary heart problems between those who ate less than one egg per
week and those who ate more than one egg per day..[ii]
So forget what you used to hear about our buddy the egg? because onceyou set aside the "Egg
Myth"? you'll see just how healthy and nutritious they really are.
Eggs are a great source of protein, providing 5.5 grams of protein per egg and only about 70
calories. They are also the most complete source of protein?that means they have all the nine
essential amino acids that your body needs? and aminoacids are the "building blocks" of muscle
and other tissues in the body! Eggs are also chock-full of vitamins, such as: A, B, C, D, E and K; as
well as minerals (iron, zinc, selenium), as well as antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
And just look what these little guys do?
Protects Eyesight: Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent
age-related eye problems.
Even better research shows that the lutein from eggs is more easily absorbable by your body than
lutein from other food sources.
Regulates the Brain and Nervous System: Egg yolks are the richest source of choline, a member
of the vitamin B family, you can get. It supports your brain and nervous system function by
maintaining the structure of brain cells, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter
acetylcholine that helps relay messages from the brain and through nerves to the muscles.
Promotes healthy pregnancy: Choline is also an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain
development. Two eggs provide about 250milligrams of choline, or about half of the
recommended daily in take for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Protects Heart Health: Since
choline is one of the B vitamins(including B-12), it works as a powerful antioxidant, converting
homocysteine?. a substance that can cause damage to your blood vessels?into harmless
molecules. What's more? eggs are a good source of omega-3s. And omega 3's live upto their
hype, as multiple studies show that omega-3s lower your riskof developing heart problems.
Promotes weight Loss: The high-quality protein in eggs helps keep you feeling fuller longer. In
fact, during research people reported feeling less hungry and reduced their caloric intake after
eating eggs. Builds muscle strength: Research shows that high-quality protein like=20eggs can
help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss?and other studies show
that choline found in eggs may even help prevent muscle damage. Strengthens Bones: Ordinarily
vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to sunlight. But eggs are one of the
few foods that offer vitamin D radiation free. Vitamin D's main job is to strengthen your bones by
raising calcium absorption. But it does a lot more than that... It also helps boost your immune
system, regulate your blood pressure,and regulate cell growth. So you see, those days of
enjoying eggs are not gone at all. So don't be afraid to crack open some incredible edibles! But
before you set down to your sunny side up smorgasbord, there are just a few things you need to
consider? Not all eggs are the same. You might want to try organic, free-range eggs. Yes? they
are a little more expensive?but these eggs that come from cage free chickens tend to produce
eggs that are higher in protein and vitamins. And with organic you can rest assured that harmful
hormones don't end up in your morning omelet. Two reasons that make the extra money worth
it! Here are also some tips for maintaining the freshness of your eggs.[iii] · Store them in the
refrigerator where they can stay up to=20 a month. · Don't wash them because it can remove the
protective coating on them. · Keep them in the original carton or a covered container so they
don't absorb the odors in your fridge or lose any of their moisture. · I know many people like to
store them on the fridge door, but that's not a good idea. Each time the door is opened and
closed the eggs are exposed to too much heat. Keep them on the shelve in a covered container. ·
Store them with their pointed edge facing downward to prevent the air chamber and the yolk
from shifting.