Health Benefits of Eggs
Makes Eggs 'Egg-ceptionally' Special
The health benefits of
eggs including the all-important cholesterol in eggs makes eggs a vital
part of a healthy, daily diet.
The wonderful and nutritious benefits of eggs have been sorely
misaligned in recent years due to the rising concern over blood
cholesterol levels. On the contrary, eggs and the health benefits that
they provide should be elevated to the lofty position of one of the top
However the health benefits of eggs are truly astounding.
of the University of Illinois, quite aptly describes eggs as
“functional foods.” She says eggs “can be defined as those provide
health benefits beyond basic nutrition... which have a potentially
beneficial effect on health when consumed... on a regular basis”.
The egg nutrition and the
resulting health benefits of eggs should come as no surprise since the
egg has all the nutrition to nourish a chick and prepare it to become a
fully functioning and reproducing adult bird. The current nutrition
craze is everything from artificial egg substitutes to an emphasis on
only egg whites in an effort to avoid such things as fat and
cholesterol. This comes from a world where misinformation is the norm
and accepted as fact.
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The rich, deep orange color of
the egg yolk signals a vast array of important nutrients including
several vitamins, minerals and important antioxidants. Compared to the
rich and nutrient dense yolk, egg whites (albumin) are almost devoid of
nutrition. Eating only the egg white and discarding the nutrient-dense
yolk will not give you the wonderful health benefits of the egg.
The health benefits of eggs,
especially of the yolks, are so vast that eating a few daily is just as
nutritious, if not more so, than taking a daily multivitamin. Eggs
yolks contain protein, macro and trace minerals, several of the B
vitamins, essential fatty acids, arachidonic acid (AA) and 20 mg of DHA
. For a more detailed analysis of the goodness of egg yolks, see Chirs
Masterjohn's excellent article
Incredible, Edible Egg Yolk".
in Eggs— Cracked Myths
One of the most common
arguments for avoiding eggs is the worry about high cholesterol. One of
the most common methods for lowering high cholesterol numbers was to
cut out high cholesterol foods. One of the first and most commonly
thought of as the worst culprit were eggs. The fact is, yes, eggs have
that all-important compound called cholesterol. Cholesterol is needed
by your body as a structural and protective substance. Cholesterol is
found in all of your major organs including your brain. You need
cholesterol so much that your body will actually produce it. When you
eat dietary cholesterol, such as eggs, your body does not have to
produce more and will actually slow down cholesterol-producing
have found that consistently eating up to three eggs daily has no
significant effect on the blood cholesterol level of the majority of
the population. In less than a third of the population, it was found
that the only change was weight gain due to low-density lipoprotein
(LDL) or “bad cholesterol.” But then again, the high-density
lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol,” did the same thing. This means
there was no change in the ratios between the two types of cholesterol
and therefore, no threat of heart disease.
Now that you know that you can
safely add eggs to your diet, consider starting your day the
old-fashioned way— with eggs! A
led by Dr. Bruce Griffin found that eating two eggs daily both reduced
weight and reduced LDL cholesterol levels. The theory behind the eating
of eggs, especially in the morning, is that the high protein content of
the egg satisfies the appetite better so that you are able to still
feel satisfied and eat less during the day. Eating eggs for breakfast
rather than your normal bagel or cereal will give you more satisfying
protein and will help tame blood sugar swings that lead to food
Pictured below is Egg Capsicum Salad. If you would
like the recipe simply click on the picture or right click it to
download it to your computer.
Good Egg or
All eggs, even all chicken eggs, are not created the
same. It's to your best health and well being that you choose the best
eggs for the best wellness.
You have most likely guessed it:
Buy organic free-range eggs. Eggs coming from chickens that are allowed
to roam freely and are fed natural feed— without added hormones or
antibiotics— produce eggs that are the highest in nutritional value.
Eggs from free-range chickens are
markedly different than nearly all of the eggs sold in supermarkets
which come from commercially raised chickens. Free-range eggs have
deep, orange-colored yolks which indicate higher nutrients including
antioxidants that are good you your eyesight. These eggs yolks are
bursting with nutrition and begging to be eaten to nourish your body in
so many ways. If these eggs are too expensive at your local
supermarket, buy them from a local farmer. You'll be getting all of the
health benefits of eggs at a lower price.
Yes, eating raw eggs is not
only safe, but can be a part of your raw food diet to give you a source
of easy-to-digest protein. As with most any food, the less exposure to
processing, the more excellent nutrition you're able to absorb. If
you're new to eating raw eggs, start slowly, eating a few drops daily
and gradually increase your raw egg eating until you're able to
tolerate a whole egg.
A wonderful Raw Eggnog
Treat is :
1 cup of raw milk
1 raw egg
1 tablespoon of raw cane sugar
¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg each
Blend ingredients together in a
blender and enjoy the health benefits of eggs in a delicious way.
Eggs and the Salmonella Scare
If you are concerned about the
salmonella scare and the link to eating raw eggs, there really is
nothing to worry about. Only about one
in 20,000 eggs contain salmonella.
To decrease your risk for you getting that one, buy organic free-range
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