I don’t know about you, but I really do dislike eggs! In fact, I’ve disliked them since I was a kid. I will only eat them scrambled, deviled or in an omelet– and even that is pushing it. In the movie, “Julie & Julia,” (about the girl that takes Julia Child’s cookbook and cooks/bakes every recipe in the book in one year) Julie says that when she tried an egg for the first time, she thought they were wonderful; they had an amazing smooth texture, and she loved them. “Yum” she said. I almost gagged! That is NOT my experience with eggs.
But, here’s the rub about eggs—they are good for you. In fact, they are extremely good for you. They contain so many important amino acids and vitamins that whether you like them or not—you need to eat them. I force myself to have them at least 3-4x per week.
Here are half-dozen reasons why you need eggs—and I added a 7th for good measure:
Reason #1: Full of Protein: eggs have 6 grams of high quality protein. Eggs are called “brain food” because they sustain mental and physical energy!
Reason #2: Have 9 Essential Amino Acids: Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and eggs have all 9 essential amino acids—including leucine, histidine, valine, threonine, isoleucine, phenylalaine, tryptophan, methionine, and lysine. Every amino acid is important and helps the body in some way.
Reason #3: Rich in Choline: Eggs are rich in choline—one of the B vitamins that supports normal cell activity, liver function and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body.
Reason #4: High in cholesterol: A single egg contains 212 mg, which is over half of the recommended daily intake of 300 mg. However… it’s important to keep in mind that cholesterol in the diet doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood. And 70% of the people who eat eggs do not see a difference in their cholesterol—at all!
Reason #5: No Gluten: since most of the flours today are made from genetically modified wheat and contain 40x the amount of gluten—no wonder people are having gluten issues! So, if you are going gluten-free—you can still eat eggs without any worries!
Reason #6: Contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin–Antioxidants that Benefit the Eyes: eggs contain all of these nutrients/antioxidants and they all contribute to eye health. They also counteract some of the degenerative processes that can affect our eyes. But you need to eat the yolk—this is where most of these antioxidants are found!
Reason #7: Vitamin B12: it is difficult to get B12 if you are a vegetarian because some of the best sources of B12 are found in red meat. And forget about taking a B12 pill—the body can’t absorb them. The best way to get B12 is from a shot. However, if you are eating eggs—you are getting the elusive B12—and absorbing it! So, that is why you feel a shot of energy without the shot!
Bottom line: Eggs are a Perfect Food—so get eating them! I’ll be posting a great recipe for fall and it uses 6 eggs. It’s called: Apple Puff Pancake—watch for it!