For the first time in decades, the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans no longer recommend that we limit our intake of cholesterol to 300mg a day. (One egg yolk contains about 180mg of cholesterol.)
Instead, these experts tell us to limit saturated fat (eggs are low in this type of fat) and “eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible while consuming a healthy eating pattern”.
In other words, heart health appears to depend less on whether we eat eggs or not and more on the company they keep.
There’s a big difference, for example, between a breakfast of eggs, wholegrain toast, low fat yoghurt and fruit, and one that features eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy.
Eggs have long scored the highest of all protein foods in quality and digestibility.
Each egg contains all the essential amino acids to build every type of protein our bodies need.
One amino acid is leucine – a powerful stimulant for building muscle tissue.
And eggs are cheap (cheep cheep) compared to most other sources of protein.
Besides protein, eggs are packed with 13 essential nutrients (meaning they are absolutely needed for our bodies to function).
According to the Egg Nutrition Center, eggs are one of very few foods that contain vitamin D naturally.
And these compact nutrition powerhouses also provide choline, a nutrient involved with brain development during pregnancy, plus memory and mood functions as we get older.
And here’s a surprise: Don’t toss the yolks. That’s where most of the nutrients in eggs reside, including vitamin D, choline and antioxidant substances.
Also, more than 40% of the protein in eggs is found in the yolk.
By the way, the colour of the egg does not change the nutrition of this food. Different hens lay different-coloured eggs.
The colour of the yolk, however, depends on the amount of orange and yellow plant pigments in the hen’s diet. – The Monterey County Herald/Tribune News Service