Why You Should Eat Eggs
It’s 6am and you are getting ready for work. There is no way you want to get the cooking ware out and make something complex, so what? Grab that english muffin, Eggo, toast? Spike your blood sugar and then crash later on…
Why do that to yourself when there is an easy and healthy option that has gotten a bad rap. The answer is eggs. That’s right, a simple and powerful little food. Eggs don’t take very long to cook as long as you don’t get fancy and try for the perfect omelet, or fried egg (which I don’t recommend anyway because of the added fat). It takes about 6-8 minutes to boil an egg depending on how you like them. You can scramble them in about the same amount of time or less. The fastest way is to put them in a bowl and microwave them. I hear from a lot of my clients that they have no time to eat healthy in the morning. The egg provides the perfect opportunity to get your day off to a healthy start. I like to plan ahead and boil a whole dozen and eat them over the course of a few days. A large egg is about 70-90 calories of amazing nutrients that provides your body with the building blocks it needs to function at a high level.
People are scared of eggs because of diet marketing ploys that encourage you to eat egg whites or not eat eggs at all. I hear constantly, “egg white omelet,” or “ egg white breakfast sandwich.” It is true that there is no fat in egg whites but I ask you this: why do you not want to eat fat? The body needs fat and fat can help you lose weight. There is only about 5g of fat in an egg and only 1.5g of that fat is saturated fat. Yes, there is dietary cholesterol in eggs but natural cholesterol consumed in whole, unprocessed foods will not spike your blood cholesterol levels. In fact, your liver produces cholesterol because it is needed to build cell membranes, transport “bad” cholesterol out of the blood, and cholesterol is also a building block for glucocorticoids which aid in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Still not sold? Cholesterol is also used in your sex hormones: testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone and we all want those produced regularly and to their max potential.
Eggs also contain 6g of protein with all of the essential amino acids. Eggs are considered a complete protein. Sprinkle in Vitamins A, E, D and don’t forget about the anti-oxidant power of tryptophan and tyrosine and you have yourself one hell of a power food for your muscles and your heart health.
If you are in a hurry to get to work but don’t want to compromise your health then pop a couple eggs in the microwave, add some spices or organic sauce like salsa and you will not only save your morning from diet disaster, but you will actually give your health some much needed fire power for the rest of the day.