eggThe Egg…an incredible and often maligned food staple (mostly due to politically correct nutrition advice)! Eggs are more than incredible;  they are the perfect food all wrapped up in one single cell.  Yes..that’s right!  An egg is an individual cell containing the most complete and highest protein rating of any food (well…possibly grass-fed liver would be higher).  They contain all the amino acids, and two eggs contain more than twelve grams of protein, just over half in the white and the rest in the yolk.  In addition, eggs also contain many essential nutrients, including significant amounts of vitamins A, D, E, B1, B2, and B6 and folic acid.  Eggs also contain important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron.  Two other nutrients, choline and biotin, which are important for energy production and regulating stress, are contained in large amounts in eggs.  Most of these nutrients are found in the yolk of an egg.

The fat in egg yolks is also nearly a perfect balance, containing mostly monounsaturated fats and about 36% saturated fat.  And egg yolks contain both A and C fats.

Eggs have almost no carbohydrate (less than 1 gram), making them the perfect meal or snack for the millions who are carbohydrate intolerant.  Ounce per ounce, eggs are also your best food buy with hardly any waste.  And with so many ways of preparing the, eggs are delicious.

While most people love the taste of eggs, many are still concerned about eating them because of cholesterol.  But studies now show that adding more eggs to your diet can actually decrease your cardiovascular risk.  For most people, eggs can be part of a healthy food plan.  I actually eat several whole eggs a day.  I have them soft-boiled, as omelets, in quiche, lightly fried in a little butter or coconut oil and in smoothies.

Eggs, however, are only as healthy as the hens that lay them, since the nutritional makeup of eggs, especially the fat, depends upon what the chickens eat.  For this reason you should avoid run-of-the-mill grocery-store eggs that have been produced in chicken factories.  Unfortunately this includes most eggs on the market.  The healthiest eggs come from free-range hens purchased from a local farmer who lets the chickens eat healthy, wild food including all those scrumptious worms and insects.

Check out the recipe category of my blog to find some delicious and easy recipes for preparation!

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