Consider the humble egg; it’s fallen in and out of fashion a dozen times over the past few decades, and at varying times in history it’s been considered to be one of nature’s most perfect foods and also one of its unhealthiest.
Nowadays, nutritionists know a lot more about our health than they did just a few short decades ago. While the egg was considered to be a healthy eating no-no in the 1970s and 80s because of its high cholesterol content, we now know that there are different types of cholesterol both good and bad and that eggs are a wonderful source of the “good” cholesterol, HDL. If you still have eggs on your forbidden food list, here are five reasons why you should scramble those doubts.
- Nutritionists consider eggs to be a perfect protein. That’s because all of the protein found inside of an egg can be absorbed and used by the human body, which means you need fewer eggs for the same protein punch you get out of any other food source.
- Eggs give you a natural mood boost. The egg yolk is one of the best known sources of choline- a B-complex vitamin that’s associated with neurological function, and a choline-rich diet helps produce the happiness hormones, serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine.
- There’s virtually no difference between white and brown eggs. The shell color varies between eggs because of the breed of the chicken, nothing more, so you can feel free to use both colors together when baking or cooking.
- It takes about 90 days for an egg to go bad. Most of them are usually packed within seven days of being laid, although USDA regulations state that they must be packed within 30 days. The eggs are then given a sell by date of a month after that. However, the USDA states that you actually have another month after that date before eggs go bad.
- Egg production varies with a chicken’s age. According to a study published in Poultry Science, chickens younger than 28 weeks and older than 97 weeks are more likely to make eggs with low solid contents than middle-aged chickens.
Eggs are once again the darlings of the medical community, which is great news for those of us who just can’t imagine breakfast without an omelet to go with our fruit. So, the next time someone tells you that eggs are unhealthy, you can tell them to go suck an egg. Then eat up and enjoy the numerous health benefits of the humble egg.
If you have questions about good versus bad cholesterol or how you can boost your mood naturally by eating well, contact your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to explain just how important proper nutrition is for both your body and your mind.
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