In honour of the upcoming Easter festivities, this week’s product of the month is all about eggs. This versatile food can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner or even as a snack. Try it scrambled, fried, poached, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, in a salad or a sandwich, devilled eggs, egg muffins, eggs Benedict, quiche and…the list goes on! It is a great protein addition to any meal and also a good source of healthy omega 3 fats – particularly the free range variety. It’s probably the most cost-efficient item you will find in your local grocery store that provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals and health benefits.
Unfortunately, eggs have had a bad reputation in the past and can even still be sourced as a main contributor to high cholesterol. However, much research across the years have shown us otherwise. It’s time to crack open the truth about eggs…
The fact is that eggs actually help to increase our high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which is our good cholesterol. Our bodies need the healthy kind to protect cells and nerves and it is also required in the production of sex hormones and bile. HDL also acts like a knight in shining armour – it helps fight off the evil LDL by snatching away its cholesterol and carrying it off to the liver for recycling or disposal.
Eggs can increase our low-density lipoproteins (LDL) but supposedly only larger particles that cannot pass through artery walls to contribute to artery-clogging plaque. Therefore, studies are showing that there is no apparent link between eggs and heart disease.
With that said, if you are someone who suffers with high cholesterol you must still be conscious of how and what you are cooking your eggs in. Be mindful of the amount of butter or oil you are using or simply opt for the less added-fat options like a poached or boiled egg. As for any standards for daily egg intake, these have been thrown out the window. The increased evidence and research has shown that eggs are actually a good choice for a heart healthy diet and there are currently no limitations set on egg intake.
It is unfortunate that a healthy whole food has gotten a bad rap over the years. Although high cholesterol or heart disease can occur from a diverse range of factors, a more likely food culprit would be processed and refined foods, as well as fast foods. So, with all this in mind, go ahead and eat your eggs…and no, I am not suggesting the chocolate variety….