Why we love eggs
We have been feeding ourselves on eggs for thousands of years and they have many nutritional highlights so is there any truth in the matter that we should be cutting them out of our diet? On The In-Sync Diet we feel that in the media they have unfairly received a bad press due to their cholesterol content. But there is no good evidence to suggest that egg consumption is detrimental to health and we don’t think so either.
Put very simply, eggs are literally packed with nutrients. They are an excellent source of Vitamin K, important in bone and heart health and a very good source of B vitamins including biotin, thiamine and B12 – necessary for energy and brain health. Eggs also provide you with selenium, an essential mineral for your metabolism and thyroid. And they provide vitamin D which supports your immune system. And what is more, eggs even contain omega 3 anti-inflammatory fatty acids. So they are jam packed with health-boosting nutrients that are so essential to health that we think they should be an important part of your diet.
And what they are exceptional at is providing an incredible source of low-cost, high quality proteins. Proteins are vital to repair muscle, provide immune support and help with weight loss. And despite the occasional study attempting to slur their reputation, several recent studies suggest that instead of contributing to heart disease they actually lower the risk.
This is because eggs are rich in several nutrients that promote heart and brain health. For example they are a rich source of betaine which can reduce levels of homocysteine, a by-product of our metabolism which has the potential to damage blood vessels. Elevated homocysteine has also been linked to other diseases such as osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s. They are also a great source of choline which is particularly important for your brain to function. It is also used to make acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter linked to muscle function.
We recommend that you choose eggs, whenever possible, from free-range of organically raised chickens that may not have received antibiotics been fed on processed grain laden with pesticides. Enjoy them scrambled with butter, fried gently with ghee or coconut oil or poached with water and apple cider vinegar.