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Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Real Deal About Eggs

Today, Mikey made me egg salad sandwiches. They were really good. Not bad for a 10 yr old future chef. He used organic, cage free, free range chicken eggs. And Yes, he made them with the egg whites and yolks- I know OMG, that will kill you right? High cholesterol and fat and bad deadly stuff right? You'll get high cholesterol, fat, heart disease and all sorts of doom and gloom. That's what the main streamers have been telling you for the last 30 years. But the facts are a bit different.

So lets look at the facts. First of all, eggs have been around since the dawn of the chicken which has been a few years now. And man has been eating eggs with yolks and all for a blue moon or two. Heart disease, heart attacks and all of the other metabolic syndrome ingredients didn't pop up in the US until the early 1900's. So why didn't everyone explode in a fireball from eating egg yolks before the 1900's? The most common causes of death changed in the last century. Infectious and parasitic disease, as well as lung problems, were the main causes of death in the early 1900s. By 2001, cancer, heart disease, and stroke were the dominant causes. So somehow I can't fathom that egg yolks had anything to do with this but that's another story.

Egg yolks are full of cholesterol. Like most cholesterol-rich foods, they are jam-packed full of important nutrients, especially the fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids.
In fact, the slew of nutrients in an egg yolk is so comprehensive that a few a day would offer better insurance than a multi-vitamin. Most importantly, the yolk contains most of the nutrients in an egg.

The Protein Benefit of Egg Whites: Egg White protein is the purest form of protein known to man in the entire world. Each 8-ounce cup gives you 26 grams of pure protein, only 2 grams of carbohydrates, NO fat and NO cholesterol. The protein found in eggs is of a higher quality than the protein found in meat and fish. They are 100% bio-available, which means NONE of it's amino acids are wasted. No artificial protein powder can make that claim. Other high protein sourced foods and supplements need to be broken down before the body absorbs the protein.

So whats the best answer - eat the whole damn egg -yolk and all for a protein and nutrient rich super food that is extremely good for you. Stop believing the lies and myths.

Check out these articles on the Egg Yolks and the Great Cholesterol Myth

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