Are eggs on your Easter menu? I’m not talking about the seasonal chocolate ones but the eggs that we might scramble, boil or poach! There’s often a lot of confusion around eggs; with all the conflicting articles in the papers, it’s no wonder we don't know if they are good or bad for our health! So, I thought I would share a few facts with you to help you make up your own mind!
Eggs are full of life! They are packed with the raw materials needed for growth and development. These include iron, calcium, selenium, phosphorous, folate and all the fats soluble vitamins, A,D,E and K. They are so rich in protein that they contain all 18 amino acids including the 9 essential ones.
Amino acids make up proteins that are vital for growth and repair for every part of our body, from our hair, muscles, eyes and skin to all our organs.
Actually, it is the white that contains the protein but it is the yolk that holds the nutrients. This fantastic combo is low in calories and leaves you satiated for hours; it helps to maintain the blood sugar and insulin levels throughout the day. Perfect for diabetics and weight loss.
Yes, before you ask, there has been a lot of hype over the years connecting eggs to high cholesterol. There is indeed cholesterol in eggs but our bodies use it to make hormones, cell membranes and bile acids etc In fact, 25% of the cholesterol in our body is found in our brain, so cholesterol is vital for life. 100s of research studies today have now shown that dietary intake of cholesterol is not linked to high LDL (bad) cholesterol in our arteries. Quite the opposite, eating eggs is believed to increase HDL (good) cholesterol making it cardio protective.
It does not end there. Many more surprises are found in the lovely yellow yolk. It is full of antioxidants including lutein and glutathione, which protects us against aging and cell damage but the star ingredient is choline. This is important for brain and liver function, DNA signalling and many, many biochemical processes that are constantly taking place all over our body. It’s key in keeping us going!
So why not get cracking and enjoy the wonderful health benefits of fresh, organic eggs this Easter?!
Top tips – never eat an egg if the airtight shell is broken. It is best to store them with the point down and to check if they are fresh, drop them in a bowl of water and they should sink.