I love the benefits of eggs. As a kid, I ate eggs almost every day. Two of them. Yokes and all. I was in my teens when the “eggs are bad for you!” campaign started.
I didn’t believe a word of it.
Back then, we didn’t have the internet. [Yes, I just dated myself but you gotta know.] I wasn’t a health researcher and not much was known about the benefits of eggs.
I was just a girl who loved them and still does. The way they taste, the versatility (every meal, people…they can be eaten at every meal), the cost, and the way I feel after I eat them.
For a very little while, I separated my own eggs and tossed the yokes but it was painful! Then those gross egg whites in milk cartons came out (all the flavor is in the yoke) and I tried.
I really did. I promise.
Ultimately, I decided it was the one food I really couldn’t give up despite all the hype about it raising cholesterol and messing up your cardiovascular system. Granted, I was young then so such things didn’t have the same impact they do on me today…but I still wouldn’t give up eggs.
Flash forward twenty years later. Twenty more years of eating almost one dozen eggs per week. Co-workers shook their heads at me. Family told me I was courting disaster.
My cholesterol stayed low. My blood pressure stayed low.
Then it happened. One of the biggest health lies of my lifetime was officially revoked. Doctors and scientists quietly murmured, “We might (just might) have been wrong. The benefits of eggs bears looking into.”
I went out and bought an 18-count of my favorite organic eggs and whipped up a crust-less quiche (recipe below) to celebrate. Every morning, I ate a slice of that delicious quiche to celebrate. I never gave up on you, eggs. I was always in your corner.
7 Honest-to-Goodness Awesome Benefits of Eggs
1. The perfect package. One of nature’s most complete proteins that has tons of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals in combinations you don’t find in any other food. If your body needs it to live, chances are, an egg can provide it.
2. Sustained energy. To keep you going, eggs are an excellent choice. They promote strong muscles, satisfy the appetite, and don’t throw off caloric consumption (if you track yours). Pure good stuff that won’t leave you flagging halfway through your workout.
3. Good for your heart. How the tables have turned! All this time, people suffered without eggs (or ate just the whites) when they actually regulate the size and density of cholesterol in your body in a positive way.
4. Talk about filling. One of the best benefits of eggs is that they are satisfying. That’s something I love about them. If I forget to stop for lunch, I can grab a boiled egg from the fridge for a quick and filling snack to hold me over. Some studies suggest egg consumption is linked to fewer calories eaten the rest of the day.
5. No cholesterol stress. Your liver makes 75% of the cholesterol you need. You make up the rest in your diet. If you eat more cholesterol, your liver cuts back production. In more than two-thirds of people on the planet, eggs have zero effect on cholesterol at all.
6. Protects soft tissues. Egg consumption has been linked to healthier growth and development for unborn babies, protection from age-related macular degeneration (vision), and a stronger immune system overall that means looking and feeling better inside and out.
7. Keeps your brain healthy. This one is my favorite and I swear, it’s like I’ve always known (even before I knew, you know?) this particular egg benefit. I always felt awake and alert after eating eggs for breakfast. If I had cereal or waffles, I didn’t feel as with it. The nutrients found in eggs keep your central nervous system, metabolism, cells, and your brain going strong.
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Back when eggs were villainized (it was a tragic time), I questioned the science but didn’t know how to question the science. Our access to information has come so far and I’m grateful. Sure, you should cull the good information from the bad – but didn’t we have to do that with books?
Not long ago, researchers around the world gave foods like eggs and coconut oil second looks, third looks, a thousand looks.
The term healthy fat hit the media and suddenly, things we were told for 30 years was retracted. How we thought about diet, our bodies, and the way they’re connected started to change.
It’s a good thing.
I can’t explain how happy it made me. You see, I’ve always been a healthy fat eater. Along with those beautiful beneficial eggs, I never cut out olive oil, coconut oil, butter, or avocados.
Choose organic when you can. The nutrients in cage-free eggs are substantially higher and there’s a much lower risk of salmonella.
Now I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes.
It’s more of a guide because you can remove or substitute any of the veggies with other ingredients. If you want meat or don’t, you can do that.
Honestly, I’ve probably made it 50 different ways over the years dependent on what I had on hand. It never disappoints.
My Favorite Crust-Less Quiche
- 12 eggs
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup chopped, sautéed kale
- 1 cup chopped, sautéed mushrooms
- ½ cup chopped, sautéed onions
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese or cream cheese cubed
- ½ cup chopped bacon
- Salt, pepper, or other spices to taste
- Grease casserole dish (11×13) thoroughly.
- Scramble eggs well and set aside.
- Layer all ingredients (except eggs) in bottom of dish. Spread evenly.
- Pour scrambled eggs over ingredients.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
The benefits of eggs are finally getting their due. As a bonus to all of this, organic (cage-free) eggs are only about 30 cents each. Only a few pennies more per container than mass-produced (caged) eggs, even the big box stores are carrying them now.
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