Eggs ~ A Bad Wrap! 

Eggs ~ A Bad Wrap! 

Fiction: Eggs are bad for your cholesterol

Fact: Egg whites are the perfect protein and the yokes are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants that can help lower the risk for heart disease, including vitamins B6,B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate. and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper.  More than half of the protein is found in the egg white and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than are found in the egg yoke. Eggs are regarded a 'complete' source of protein as they contain all eight essential amino acids; the ones we cannot synthesize in our bodies and must obtain from our diet.

For years eggs have been considered more of a health risk than a healthy food. Since they are high in cholesterol, it was recommended that people with high cholesterol levels avoid eggs. But it turns out the cholesterol content for which they have been vilified is much lower than it was 10 years ago. This reduction has been attributed to the changes in hen feed since the BSE crisis in the 1990s. British Researchshows that a medium egg contains about 100mg of cholesterol, a third of the 300mg recommended daily limit. Also it is saturated fat in the diet, not dietary cholesterol that influences blood cholesterol levels the most.

Choose eggs from free-range or organically raised chickens. Eggs should always be visually inspected before buying. It is best to check for cracks or liquid in the box to ensure there are no broken ones. Eggs are best stored in the refrigerator where they may remain for up to one month (check the best-before-date on the box).

Keep some hard-boiled eggs on hand for a quick afternoon pick-me-up, whip up a big veggie omelet for a quick dinner, or woo your brunch guest with a shirred egg dish! It really is the incredible, edible EGG!  Enjoy~ 

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