Eggs have been given a bad rap in recent history – there was a lot of hoopla about Cholesterol and how eggs are not allies in that fight. Unfortunately the myth has lingered and many people remain confused. The truth of the matter is that Eggs aren’t as bad as the public has been led to believe.

Eggs are, in my eyes, an incredible source of nutrients both convenient and natural. They come individually packaged and when prepared in one of many possible ways they are extremely portable.

Eggs are a source of Essential Fats. Depending on the fats that the laying chickens are fed the yolk will provide that for you – so opt of the Omega-3 varieties.

Further to this an egg is as healthy as the chicken that laid it – so opt for the more expensive eggs that are veggie fed, Free-Run and Organic, it’s worth it and it’s value becomes apparent upon the first egg you break. Better yet, find a local farmer and buy flats of inexpensive eggs direct from an authentic small-scale farm. 

Eggs are the best dietary source of Choline which is essential for the brain as it helps produce an important neurotransmitter; it is also a necessary ingredient in the metabolizing of fats as it supports the liver in this process.

The Cholesterol in eggs shouldn’t be feared. Cholesterol is a necessary element in the human body; it is used to build cell walls, produce our sex hormones and make up a large percentage of our brain matter. Cholesterol isn’t in fact the Bad Guy in clogged arteries and heart disease. Studies have shown that 2 eggs a day has no effect on Blood Fat levels and may in fact help to reduce it.

Eggs also provide high levels of Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are important in the maintenance of healthy eyes, reducing the risks of Macular Degeneration and Cataracts.

Each Egg contains 6 grams of complete protein.

Eggs prevent Blood Clots, Stroke and Heart Attacks.

Eggs are one of the only food sources known to provide Vitamin D. Perfect for the dreary west coast months when we’re grabbing it wherever we can!

And for those of you that feel the need to thin out the yolk with whites or worse simply throw away the yolk entirely (I used to be one) think again! The yolk is where all the good stuff is! The yolk contains 100% of the carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, E, D, and K. The white doesn’t contain 100% of any nutrient.

The yolk contains more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12, and 89% of the panthothenic acid. The white does not contain more than 90% of any nutrient, but contains over 80% of the magnesium, sodium, and niacin.

The yolk contains between 50% and 80% of the copper, manganese, and selenium, while the white contains between 50% and 80% of the potassium, riboflavin, and protein.

As you can see, most of the minerals and vitamins that n egg has to offer are in the yolk and to throw that away is to throw away multivitamin GOLD!

The incredible edible egg is a tiny little marvel of nature. It is a definite staple in my diet and its uses are almost infinite. Just remember to be sure you're getting the highest quality gold and buy the best quality you can afford (and really think about that one because a really expensive dozen runs you about 6.50$ - that works out to roughly 6 meals for one leaving you with just over a dollar per meal! Thrifty!)