If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you know how I feel about eggs. I love ’em!
So let’s take a look at why.
As I’ve said before, I’m not sure any food takes more of a beating than eggs! Did you get that pun?
When the media goes crazy over cholesterol, eggs get cast alongside full-fat cheese and fatty meats and heart unhealthy villains.
Today, however, the tide has turned and eggs are on the culinary and nutritional wonder-food lists. I’m even noticing that more and more people are raising their own hens.
So why the change of heart?
Eggs are making a comeback because:
1. Eggs are nutrient dense and a good source of all-natural, high-quality protein. They provide 13 vitamins and minerals and are only 70 calories each. That’s a nutrient dense food!
2. Most of the fat in eggs is unsaturated.
Here are some answers to the questions about eggs I receive most often.
1. How many eggs can you eat in one day?
Evidence shows that consuming one egg per day is fine for most healthy people. Of course if you have cholesterol issues, see your health care provider about this.
2. How much cholesterol does one egg have?
The average amount of cholesterol in a grade A large egg is 185 milligrams. The better the feed given to the hens, the lower the cholesterol in their eggs!
3. What is the difference between AA and A grade eggs?
For our purposes what is important is that there is NO difference in nutritive value between the different grades of eggs.
4. When I make a recipe, what is the size egg I should use?
Most recipes are written for a standard large egg.
5. Is there any difference between eggs with different shell colors?
The breed of hen determines the color of the egg shell. There is no nutritional difference between eggs due to their color.
6. What is the difference between certified organic and regularly produced eggs?
Producers who market organic eggs must meet standards established in 2002 by the National Organic Standard Board. The organic eggs are hormone free and the feed the hens are given is free of most conventional pesticides and commercial fertilizers.
7. What’s Shelli’s favorite way to eat eggs?
Good question! Let’s just say, so many ways to enjoy eggs, so little time!