Ok was that title corny enough? The incredible edible egg also came to mind…
Well I’m not going to delve deep into this but the point is. . EAT YOUR YOLKS!!! The poor egg has been vilified and “beaten” around enough(pun intended). But to cut to the chase, the egg is one of the best nutritional sources on the planet. I’m willing to bet that if you were on a deserted island you’d live longer eating only eggs, as opposed to only broccoli or spinach. But without vegetables, you wouldn’t really have an egg…so I digress…yet again.
In February of 2011 the USDA said, in a nutshell, that eggs aren’t quite as bad as everyone thought they were, and they actually have more vitamin D than previously thought. What, MORE of a vitamin that we generally don’t get enough of? No Way! The USDA found that eggs generally have about 64% MORE vitamin D than previously thought. Vitamin D has a long list of benefits. Namely of course, it is the big brother to calcium, and works hand in hand with strengthening bones. But it also is priceless in cell metabolism and immune function. It’s a fat soluble vitamin. Again, most of us don’t get enough vitamin D, then we cut fat intake on a whim because this is what we think is healthy. Then we go blindly try to burn as many calories as possible and wonder why we get sick or feel like two bags of dung or can’t do it for more than a few months. But again…I digress.
The egg was also found to have about 14 percent less cholesterol than previously thought. There are quite a few studies showing that dietary intake of cholesterol has minimal impact on your blood levels of cholesterol or triglycerides(more on that later). Now yes, there are always people that are more sensitive to ANY substance as opposed to others. But again, don’t be the typical hypochondriac! We all think we are that person. But we can’t all be the exception. The truth is, we generally don’t know how to eat. And it’s really bad because most of what people have learned is being sold to them by this or that industry, and you really have to get on your horse and ride out through a decent amount of research to actually get to the bottom of something. So don’t jump to conclusions if you have high cholesterol. Get some second or third opinions if you can afford it. Now…
I was reading some research from Doctor David Katz, Director of Yale’s Prevention Research Center, who is pretty well known and has done studies that were actually used by the USDA. I don’t think he’s biased, as he said he had fell into the hoax and had shewed away eggs for the past 20 years! Now he doesn’t based on some of his own research. And he points to this fact as well, which I’ve mentioned before. What you don’t eat effects what you DO eat! If you don’t eat eggs, what are you having, say, for breakfast? He mentions how many hospitals don’t want to give eggs for breakfast to it’s cardiac patients, but instead serve up stuff like waffles, white toast, bagels, cereal, etc. See the conundrum? Guilty of this? I guarantee you an egg and a lean meat and/or sprouted grain bread is way better for you than a waffle with syrup or that cereal. I don’t care if it does say “whole grain” on the box. Sorry don’t kill the messenger. Just ask yourself what are you eating and/or feeding your kids? Scared? Got a problem with your pipes? Well you’d be WAAAY better off looking to Fructose and sugar intake, and of course alcohol intake. I mean I love fruit loops and 99% of ANY cold cereal but, whole grain makes them better? You’re kidding me right? Most people don’t even know what whole grain means, and are just sold from the commercials and a talk show or two… More on that later.
Now of course, if you’re vegan or vegetarian,etc., then I’m sure you look at this post as something else or a waste of bandwidth. Sorry. I was vegetarian for a few years so I won’t scoff at it. It’s not a diet for people like me who like to eat.
Plus I found myself eating so much “fake” meat and processed products just to stay vegetarian that it would’ve been better of if I ate meat. But that’s my fault. Noone to blame.
Also as a reminder, about 20% of the protein of an egg is in the yolk. And just about all of the rest of the good stuff is in the yolk including nutrients that are needed to help you digest the protein from the white! Here is a small chart showing the older USDA data so the Vitamin D in this chart is quite higher. Most other information was unchanged according to the USDA, just cholesterol amount and vitamin d amount. Who knows that might change in the future as well.
I know plenty of guys who eat a dozen eggs a day and their blood profiles are in great shape. Dr. Katz is currently doing research to see if two eggs a day changes any health markers in individuals with heart disease, and he expects it to be minimal.
Eat your eggs, eat your yolks. Support your local farmers and producers as well. Usually they aren’t hammered with a gazilion chickens so they can take better care of them and you know what they’ve eaten, the environment,etc. Plus you get a neat variety of natural colors. My friend Berkely with Hurricane Creek Chicken Farm in Piedmont, SC got me a dozen light blue eggs. You can’t beat that for variety! Not to mention they taste better! If you’re in the upstate of SC give him a visit. We went to college together and I can tell ya he’s a great guy. His contact information is below.
Contact: Berkeley King
Hurricane Creek Chicken Farm
6601 Highway 81 N
(Rogers Outdoor Equipment)
Piedmont, SC 29673-7535
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