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Info 101: The Good, the Bad and the Hard-boiled: Or, are eggs really good for us?


Quail eggs vs. a chicken egg. Courtesy of Mnolf under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Eggs are one of those ingredients that people just can't quite agree on. With more than 11.1% your daily recommended value of protein and only 68 calories in every one, eggs pack a mean punch for those wishing to grow muscle. They're also a great source of choline, a nutrient that humans are unable to create in sufficient amounts and must therefore acquire through food.
 
World's Healthiest Foods mentions that, among other things, choline is a key player in the flexibility of cell membranes and that:
 
"Two fat-like molecules in the brain, phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin, account for an unusually high percentage of the brain's total mass, so choline is particularly important for brain function and health."
It is also an important ingredient in acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter.
 
The yolk proves tricky, though: what about all that cholesterol? WHFoods details the findings of scientists who have found that:
"people on a low-fat diet can eat one or two eggs a day without measurable changes in their blood cholesterol levels. [...] What investigators in this study found was that saturated fat in the diet, not dietary cholesterol, is what influences blood cholesterol levels the most."

That being said, more than 90% of Americans lack this important nutrient. Rather than scarfing down egg salad, which can hold an unhealthy amount of mayonnaise and fat, try these recipes on for size. Your neurons will thank you!

"Healthified" Italian Sausage Egg Bake

Vegetable Poached Eggs

EatingWell's Healthy Egg Recipes and Cooking Tips

Head to the Flying Biscuit Cafe on 4150 Northwest 16th Boulevard in Gainesville for some egg-cellent breakfast dishes, served up all day! (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist) Click here to check out their menu.

Comments

  • Ann 4 years ago

    I've replaced breakfast carbs with eggs, and notice some weight loss, and added energy!

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