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Monday, April 1, 2013

Got Eggs?


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Often overlooked and maligned, the egg is a food that you should consider as daily breakfast fare. "The incredible, edible egg" slogan and jingle are just not getting the point across, yet. So, I am doing my part to explain the health benefits of eggs.

Eggs are nature's best wrapped source of protein, low in calories (70) and high in calcium, vitamin D and folate.  They are one of the most nutrient dense foods.  True there is cholesterol in the yolk, but eggs today have 14% less cholesterol than in 2002 and the amount, 185mg, is below the recommended daily allowance of  300mg (based on a 2000 calorie intake). Free range chickens have less cholesterol and more omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins than those that are cooped.

The American Egg Board states that "Eggs contain one of  the highest quality proteins of any food."

Studies show that eggs can be considered a dietary tool because they increase satiety over similar weight bagel breakfasts. The subjects who consumed eggs ate a smaller lunch and the decrease in energy (calorie) consumption lasted 24 hours.

Decorate eggs, deviled eggs, scrambled eggs. poached eggs, and egg salad, there are endless ways to an enjoy an egg.

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