Various “government studies” have left people confused and clueless on whether eggs are healthy, unhealthy or just a bit of alright. We aim to finally clear that up for you with some information on the multitude of benefits you can gain from eating various types of egg. Whether you scramble, poach, boil or fry your eggs, you can gain benefits from them. Frying your eggs in a heavy pan gives a more even cooking temperature which results in the production of more heart-healthy proteins. If you scramble or poach your eggs, you preserve a greater number of anti-oxidants (according to the University of Alberta). If you boil your eggs you are increasing the potential for protein consumption throughout the day as they are a high protein, moderately low-fat and highly nutritious snack (Egg boiling tip; start with a room temperature egg or the yolk will over cook waiting for the white to set).
Eggs – Types of Egg:
- Duck – Although they have a higher fat content than chicken eggs, duck eggs are high in heart-protective lipids and the proteins in the egg whites have been shown in studies to improve blood flow. Duck eggs are great in omelettes.
- Hen – Chicken eggs are very high in antioxidants (according to the Food Chemistry Journal). It is important to remember the difference between free-range hens and battery hens as the free-range hens have a wider food source from foraging and therefore lay more nutritious and better tasting eggs. Great poached or fried.
- Bantam – Bantam Chicken eggs have approximately a 50/50 white to yolk ratio and provide a hefty dose of the naturally occurring carotenoid Lutein which is essential for eye health (according to Tufts University).
- Quail – Although far smaller in size, Quail eggs delver a real punch of macronutrients. The yolks are high in Vitamins A & D which are great for cancer prevention and high-fertility. They make an excellent snack if boiled. Great for anybody who is bulking (up to 6 a day would be a great source of protein and other nutrition).
Eggs – Benefits of Eating Eggs:
- Two eggs provide 50% of your Recommended Daily Allowance of the nutrient Selenium (which plays a critical role in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection).
- Lower risk of Stroke (according to the online journal Neurology).
- Because they are high in the nutrient Choline (which is a lipotropic, promoting the liver to transport lipids and preventing it from storing excess fats and cholesterol that are potentially hazardous to the body).
- The Tryptophan in Eggs aids in the production of serotonin. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to heart attacks.
- The yolks are also full of heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
Eggs – In A Roundabout Way
As with all foods, the key is everything in moderation. Eating 7 eggs a day may cause you health problems but eggs two or three times a week can be beneficial. Eating eggs in moderation alongside a broad, varied and nutritious diet can be a positive thing. They are jam-packed with nutrients, high in protein, great for the health of your heart and an excellent protein-rich, low-fat snack!
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