Featured Food: the Awesome Egg

I’ve covered eggs many of times, but last nights cooking centered around this little treasure, so I figured it was worth visiting once again (plus it’s something that I regularly consume). How often do I hear about people being bored with eggs, or they’re ‘tired’ of eggs. There are so many things that can be done with eggs (as you will see with tomorrow’s post on cooking classes’ recipes). They can be fried, boiled, poached, scrambled, boiled and so much more (it doesn’t hurt that they’re a relatively inexpensive source of not only protein-6 grams per egg and fat-4 grams per egg). These little gems are packed full of nutritional benefits. Obviously they are a tremendous source of protein, containing all essential amino acids; making them vital to muscle growth and maintenance. If we look further you’ll see they’re not just for brawn, but brains as well. Choline (due to eggs concentration of lecithin) can be found in them. It’s important for structure but for the brain, too. Choline is a component of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is required for:

  • memory
  • concentration
  • focus
  • muscle coordination
  • brain and memory development of fetus’s (do you hear that pregnant women?)

Studies have also shown that those with higher levels of choline have a corresponding lower level of inflammation (20%! Chronic inflammation=disease=early death). What is sad is that they estimate some 90% of Americans are deficient of choline! Eggs are  great for your eyes as well, with hard hitters like zeaxanthin and lutein, that help protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. Although spinach is considered a great source of lutein, egg yolks are more bioavailable source. Examine your yolks to determine optimum levels. The deeper the yellow/orange color the more lutein and zeaxanthin and the more eye protection. What about cholesterol and heart health? persistent egg eaters actually demonstrate improved blood lipid levels and have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease (oops I guess that diffuses that excuse not to eat them!). You don’t want to eat any old egg, though. Don’t reach for those filmy-light-colored yolky eggs. Step away and go for the pasture-raised. Like most things the factory farmed chicken just doesn’t measure up to it’s more natural counterpart. The greatness of pasture-raised (chickens aren’t considered grass-fed because they’ll eat anything, they’re especially fond of bugs):

  • can contain as much as 10 times the omega-3 concentration
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 7 times more beta carotene
  • more folic acid and vitamin B
  • 30 times more vitamin E
  • 3-6 times more vitamin D (eggs are one of the few dietary sources of this vital fat-soluble vitamin, that again most Americans don’t get enough of)

Still think that eggs are boring? I don’t see how anything so wonderful and beneficial could ever be boring, non-the-less tune in tomorrow for some recipes. For more on our egg-loving fat burner weight loss programs head over to our website at bodychange.net cause I’m off to enjoy some eggs in grass-fed butter (yum)!

 

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