Are eggs really that bad for us?
Studies have shown they are. But are they really??
Eggs are a complete protein. Meaning a whole protein that contains an adequate portion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary to meet dietary requirements for humans and animals.
Protein is a necessary concern for building:
- Cell Structure
Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein. They are bits and pieces once combined that create protein. The body readily absorbs already broken into amino acid form faster than if they come from complete proteins such as meats, fish, poultry, milk, and eggs. With these foods the body needs to break down the protein to get to the amino acid. The direct result to why the green movement came into play. Leafy greens are complete proteins. What is even better is the protein they supply are amino acids. The body says, “high five“….Now it doesn’t have to waste time breaking down protein molecules to get to what it’s after in the first place-the amino acids.
Eggs are fast and simple to make. No blender required. Simple food is easy to digest.
The problem is I don’t like eggs. This is where me as a child with a wrinkled up face says ….ick.. The taste is yucky, I don’t want to eat them.
I’m 56 and have worked a long time trying to like the taste of eggs.
As a child I remember having to eat a ‘4-minute‘ egg. A soft boiled egg cooked to what some people think is perfection. The white and the yolk are warmed and runny. To eat them you crack the shell and pour the contents onto a buttered piece of toast. Breakfast was served.
My gager button was flexed by the slime. The yolk I could tolerate since it was smothered in yummy creamy butter. And the toast, well that was the sponge that absorbed all the rest of what I couldn’t eat on its own.
And then fast forward to the age of healthy eating…..Hearing….”whattttt, you eat eggs!!” “Haven’t you heard…they are bad for you!!”
Eggs have gained the reputation as a ‘not so healthy‘ food causing all sorts of problems for the body mostly of which affect the heart not to mention your waistline.
Fast forward again to eggs as a healthy choice to eat. As long as you only consume the white part. They contain protein. Eggs are not healthy if you eat the fat part- the yolk. No fat, no problem.
In my opinion, eating cooked egg whites is like eating a sponge. Not to mention there is no taste. The taste is in the yolk. The yolk is considered the unhealthy part.
Disregarding all studies I continued my quest to find a way to like eggs.
For awhile my husband made omelets loaded with cheese and veggies. This method masked some of the textures and worked for a while, but I got tired of them.
Yes, it’s a fried egg. Don’t gasp…..fried yes, butter yes, whole egg yes!
Current studies show eggs are good for you.
Since the egg is two parts, let’s look at what healthy benefits they supply for us individually.
The yolk is the yellow middle part of the egg that is very nutrient rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K. Carotenoids and vitamins B5, B6, B12. All B vitamins are stress and tension relievers. Folate and choline (which helps you make acetylcholine, a very important chemical your nerves use for cognitive function and to control muscle function), Lecithin (fabulous for treating memory disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Lecithin is also used for treating gallbladder disease, liver disease, certain types of depression, high cholesterol, anxiety, and eczema.) And Omega-3 fatty acids. That heart disease scare factor from studies saying you SHOULDN’T eat eggs….Yeah, that one. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce triglycerides that are a direct link to lower heart disease.
The white contains 60% of the total protein. Protein is what vegetarians are after. The fat conscious people came up with doing away with the yolk. The whites contain more protein and very little fat. But it lacks in every other nutrient needed. Only supplying a small measure of B2 and B3. With no other essential nutrients.
The yolk and white need each other to supply essential nutrients.
Fried eggs are not all that bad. Here’s why.
Butter is a good fat. Fats are needed to escort minerals into the body. Without good fat, you miss out on many important vitamins the body needs.
I am conscious of where I get my fats and how much I use. I just don’t go whole hog eating any kind of fat.
I use less then one teaspoon of butter when I fry an egg.
I can mix the white part with the yellow and spread all of it out very thin which eliminates the texture thing for me.
I know this is a little off the subject, but the question of what kind of oil to use as a healthy fat gets asked all the time. A simple way to detect a good fat is to identify how solid it is with cooler temperatures. Even better, is how solid at room temperature. Coconut oil is considered an excellent oil (fat) because it stays firm in warm temps. And only breaks to liquid form when exposed to high heat.
More seemingly off the subject. My friend asked if I would help guide him on what he can do to help with his arthritis concerns that are just one of many of his health concerns. I said his wife was going to kill him.:) I think he was offended until I explained…….
She has a fat fear.
She buys all the groceries.
Much of what she purchases is all fat-free products.
Without him eating fats he is unable to absorb many nutrients his body badly needs to help him with his health concerns.
Holistic alternative therapies deal with arthritis concerns first by taking ALL white foods out of the diet.
Fat-free foods are loaded with sugars. Sugar is a white food.
When manufacturers take out fat, the food loses taste. Taste is put back in by adding sugars. You end up eating foods with many combinations of Fructose, Corn syrup, and many other varieties of sugars.
Sugar breaks down the body’s ability to stay healthy.
In order to get healthy my friend first needs to change his eating habits. Which will help restore his health in the process.
He needs to eat some fats. Eggs would be good for him. But he doesn’t eat them thinking they will affect his heart. In fact, sugar and no fats are creating more harm than an egg would.
The next time you consider eating an egg go for it. But include both parts. Get the benefits Mother Nature afforded us in the first place.
Do you eat eggs?
Are you afraid to eat eggs due to all the controversies like my friend?
What is your favorite way to eat eggs?