With all the negative press on cholesterol, few of us realize that we have been slowly moving away from one of the most nutritious contributions to our diets: eggs.
Eggs are not bad.
(Did you know your brain is 25% cholesterol?)
- Chronic Inflammation
- Cognitive and Memory Loss
- Depleted CoQ10 Levels
- Fetal Malformations (in pregnant women)
- Immune depression
- Impaired Vitamin D creation
- Increased risk of Cancer
- Increased risk of Diabetes: Blood Glucose Elevations, Hyperglycemia, Insulin Resistance, Misdiagnosed Diabetes 2
- Increased risk of Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Liver dysfunction
- Muscle and Tendon Problems
- Pancreas dysfunction
- Sexual dysfunction
For a scientific discussion on exactly why cholesterol is needed and how it us used, read this Health Impact News Article. Even if you aren’t on Statins, it is easy to see from the list above how dependent many major body systems are on adequate cholesterol. Mother’s milk contains a lot of cholesterol because it is essential to neurological and physical growth. Even as adults, we still need cholesterol!
So what are the benefits of eggs specifically? According to Marillyn Beard, author of Just Making: Ice Cream, these are the nutritive benefits of consuming egg yolks:
- 100% RDV carotenoids,
- 100% RDV fatty acids,
- 100% RDV vitamins A, E, D, and K.
- 90% RDV calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate,
- 89% RDV panthothenic acid,
- 81% RDV folic acid,
- 45% RDV protein,
- 23% RDV potassium, choline, lecithin, phospholipids, arachidonic acid and DHA
- 50% — 80% of the copper, manganese, and selenium
She suggests (and I also recommend) throwing out the multivitamins and eating FREE-RANGE ORGANIC EGGS. How many egg yolks it takes depends on the egg: free-range organic eggs have a higher nutritive content so you can eat fewer of them. To calculate your needs, you can use the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference(change the number of eggs in the “Large” column).
We eat 4 Free-Range eggs a day for adults, 3/day for our teen and FXS child, and 2/day for our preschooler. Right now we hard-boil them to pack with lunches, but I think it’s worth soft-boiling them to get the most nutrition. Even with hard-boiled eggs, we are certainly not dragging our feet as we used to when we missed our daily vitamins. It is important to keep in mind that the vitamins in eggs are in a bio-digestible (easily absorbed) form rather than the chemical approximations that are used in pills.
According to Dr. Mercola, the best way to eat an egg is to have cooked whites and raw yolks. “Sunny side up” certainly is an appropriate description for a right way to cook your eggs for a bright future! (And you don’t have to worry about salmonella: free-range organic eggs are far less likely–down to five times less likely–to get the bacterial infection than commercial eggs.) Raw yolks are the best; foods like homemade mayonnaise and homemade custard ice cream are nutritious and healthy ways to consume them.
Where can you get free-range organic eggs? The best place is your local FARMER’S MARKET: do a Google search and make sure to find one closest to you. If you live in a city, it would be worth the trip to a more rural area (it makes for a nice family outing too!) to get the eggs. Some health food stores carry free-range eggs too. Cost? A dozen commercial eggs from the grocery store here costs $1.35. Free range eggs cost anywhere from $2/dozen (I know a new egg-seller) to $3/dozen (health food store) with the average being $2.50 at the Farmer’s Market. I buy 8 dozen eggs a week to cover our vitamin and baking needs. That’s a lot of eggs and big business at the Farmer’s Market 🙂 I also buy Raw Honey and local veggies there, but that discussion is for another post!
I hope I’ve encouraged you to eat more eggs in your diet. They are an inexpensive and effective way of instantly increasing the nutrition in your diet and helping you to function as God intended!
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