77 calories packed with nutrition

March 5, 2009   3 Comments

Why suggest an egg? It is laden with cholesterol isn't it? Aren't you setting me up for a heart attack? Well, no, actually. The research on heart disease has shown that having a high cholesterol level does lead to heart disease. BUT, eating lots of cholesterol isn't actually linked to having a high cholesterol level. Strange, isn't it?

Hard Boiled Egg

So, I can eat as many as I want? Everything with moderation of course. And remember, when you go to a place like Denny's they are frying that egg in lots of fat. That is why it tastes so good.

Eggs are incredibly nutritious. I probably should not remind you of the fact that an egg will become a chicken. The yolk, if fertilized, has a small embryo attached. If it isn't fertilized, you are just eating what the baby chick would have eaten if it had been fertilized and hatched etc.

You get protein, lots of vitamins, fat and a whole slew of compounds that your body needs. So, eat eggs! Do not be afraid. But, try to keep it to 2 a day.

Make sure your eggs are free of cracks and check the sell by date. There are so many different types of eggs to purchase. Here is a short primer of your choices and what they mean.

  1. White vs. Brown - This color difference makes no difference nutritionally. The inside is the same whether the egg is brown or white.
  2. Cage Free - Animal rights activists believe that keeping chickens in cages is cruel. If you feel strongly about supporting cage free environments, buy these eggs.
  3. Organic - The chickens are fed only organic feed. This will mean less pesticide residue in the egg itself.
  4. Omega-3 Eggs - The chickens are fed flax seeds to get a greater amount of Omega-3 fatty acids in the egg itself. Keep in mind that there are many ways to increase your Omega-3 fatty acid levels other than these expensive eggs.

Finally, this explanation is for all of you who have never boiled an egg. You will be excited to see how easy it is! Just place eggs in sauce pan and add water until covered. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Put cover on pan and let sit for 10 minutes, drain eggs and cool.

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You do not say if you should take the pan off the heat during the 10 minutes. That is important.

I take the pan off the heat - great point! Thanks for your question.

Quicker method to cooking your eggs- Position the oven racks in the center of the oven. Place eggs on the racks. Place a baking sheet pan in the bottom of the oven (just in case an egg breaks). Set the oven to 325F, and bake for 30 minutes. When the eggs are done, fill a large bowl with ice water and move the eggs into the bowl. Peel the eggs as soon as they're cool enough to handle, then return them to the ice water to thoroughly chill. Works great every time!

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