Let’s Talk Eggs

iStock_000033837950Small Do you eat ’em? Not so long ago, we were told to limit our intake. Too much cholesterol, they said! Not healthy, they said! But now, recent studies are showing that the cholesterol in eggs isn’t all bad.

Take a look at this article.  Interesting, huh? Clearly, you should eat eggs in moderation, just like you do any other food. Three for breakfast, three for lunch, and three for dinner might not be so good. But one or two a day? That may be okay.

I’ve always loved eggs. I regularly have an egg for breakfast, if not every day, then several times a week. Sometimes I fry it, with oil spray on the skillet. Other times I boil it midway between soft and hard. I don’t poach my eggs – too messy – but I recently had breakfast at a place that did fabulous poached eggs. There are also scrambled eggs, of course. I’ll do this on the weekend; my kids love eggs scrambled with cheese. Toss in whatever leftover veggies are in the fridge, and it’s a meal.

What’s so good about eggs? The best thing for me has less to do with healthy than with staying filled.  When I feel empty at ten in the morning and start reaching for food, it doesn’t bode well, diet-wise, for the rest of the day. One egg for breakfast holds me far longer than, say, cold cereal or a muffin.

What else? Well, one egg has a solid 6g of protein, a small 62 mg of sodium, and negligible sugar. All this for 78 calories? Not. Bad.

Another really good thing is that an egg can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. I recently had a totally delicious warm asparagus salad with a fried egg on top for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, and while not too many restaurants serve eggs for dinner, my personal kitchen does.

What about you? If you eat eggs, how do you like them? I keep a hard-boiled egg or two in my fridge to have on lettuce in a pinch for lunch. Any other ideas?

Scary, our being told so vociferously that eggs were bad for us. It makes you wonder whether five years from now, we’ll be told that some currently highly-recommended food, eaten long term, has a terrifying downside. I suppose that’s the value of ongoing research. Better late than never, eh?

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  1. Karen Boml on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

    The key to everything is MODERATION…..I was brought up eating butter then switched to margarine when studies said how unhealthy butter was……then switched back to butter…..brought up on whole milk then switched to 2%, then back to whole…….on and on and on….I love whole grain breads, but occasionally still buy Wonder Bread cuz that makes my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches taste even better, lol. As for eggs never switched to the egg whites or Egg Beaters…..Hubby and I HAVE to have our eggs…I love mine scrambled with cheese and spinach or kale…Eat eggs a few times a week…also love fried eggs with cheese on thin bagel…..can’t make potato salad w/o sliced cooked eggs and eat egg salad sandwich every week, WITH mayo and sliced olives….jiminy, I;m getting hungry now think I’ll go cook me up an egg!

    • Fran Currier on August 22, 2014 at 12:42 am

      One of my favorite sandwiches is scrambled egg and tomato sandwich with mayonnaise. DELICIOUS!!!

  2. Ann on August 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    My son and I started a diet about 2 years ago. Lots of protein, so we had eggs for breakfast just about every day. I love eggs scrambled if they are fluffy, or cheesy; but, I mostly made them with spinach, any leftover veggies or meats from the previous meals, and also threw in some black beans. Black eggs don’t look appealing, but they taste good and the protein prevents the need to snack before lunch. I also threw on different spices–oregano, thyme, etc, for Italian flavoring, taco spices, or anything else that appealed.

    • Debbie Lawlor on December 26, 2014 at 4:48 am

      Thank you for this article. To keep my weight in controL I have been on a goal of increased vegatables and less carb and sugar. The nice thing about eggs is they go great with vegatables, add extra protein, are cost effective, and they are portion control size. I do not have the time or motivation to count calories, and my diet life plan works. I am thrilled that I eggs ave not the health risk we thought. I also gave up all salty processed meats and i am so glad that the eggs can stay !

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