Several decades ago we were misled into believing that eggs raised cholesterol levels and people were warned off consuming them.
Broad-range studies (meta-analyses) have revealed that eggs do not have a detrimental impact on cholesterol levels and are actually one of the most healthful foods you can eat.
All eggs are not created equal though:
- choose free-range organic where possible.
- avoid omega-3 eggs – the hens are fed poor quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized. These eggs are also more perishable.
- avoid eggs from caged (battery) hens – the hens lead a highly stressed short life which affects the quality of their eggs.
Benefits of fresh, free-range eggs:
a) one egg contains 6g high quality protein
b) they contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants in your lens and retina that help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts
c) they are a good source of choline – a member of the B vitamin family, essential for the nervous system, cardiovascular system and pre-natal brain development
d) they contain vitamin D – one of the few foods that does!
e) they contain sulphur – which promotes healthy hair and nails
Enjoy them poached, scrambled or in an omelette!