Eggs have long been a topic of discussion when it comes to nutrition and health. To display one man’s frustration with the topic, check out this short clip:
In all seriousness, eggs have gotten a bad rap for a long time, and I am so pleased to tell you that they are indeed an excellently healthy food, especially for those on a budget.
Before I continue to talk about eggs, I want to stress that not all eggs are laid equally. For those of you accustomed to buying the regular dozen eggs at a grocery store, you are missing out on truly delicious and nutritious eggs. Farm-raised eggs (preferably bought from a farm itself) have yolks that are almost orange in color, with much harder shells than grocery store eggs; their nutritional value is much greater than grocery store eggs as well. Buying farm-raised eggs, either from the farm or at a farmer’s market, is definitely more expensive. It can cost two or three times as much for a dozen farm-raised organic eggs as it does for the eggs at the grocery store. This difference, though, is completely worth the extra $2-$4/dozen of eggs. Your body and your taste buds will thank you.
Food Type: In it’s own category, really. Eggs are eggs. They aren’t dairy; they aren’t meat. They are awesome.
Calories per egg (large): 71
Best Served: On a plate. Enough said.
Why They are So Good for You:
Eggs are one of the cheapest high-quality proteins available. The typical large egg contains 6 grams of “complete” protein. Eggs contain all B vitamins, which help our bodies to function in so many ways. Some B vitamins help to regulate hormone levels, others help in cell production, while others aid in the production of hemoglobin. Choline, a member of the group of B vitamins, is found in the largest quantity per caloric intake in eggs; choline is crucial in the communication between the nervous system (brain) and the muscular system of your body.
Eggs are not just for the breakfast table. They are delicious hard-boiled, cooked over-easy, in an omelet or frittata, or scrambled with cheese. I will be pinning some delicious egg recipes on the Pinterest board this evening.
And I’ll probably be eating eggs for breakfast in the morning. Join me!