Easter is just around the corner with it’s usual glut of chocolates and candies. I know I am not a popular parent with my policy of a new spring t-shirt and a novel for Easter! But we can always rely on Grandma to bring it on the chocolate front. Over indulgence in candy is too easy a target at this time of year and as a holistic nutritionist, I wanted to tackle a more insiduous issue; the demonization of actual eggs as a healthy food.
Eggs have taken a bad rap from conventional diet advisers, due to their cholesterol content when actually they are full of nutrition for the body and have been shown in clinical trials to raise the level of good HDL fats in the blood.
We all know the white is full of protein but it is the yolk that is nutritional gold, if you pardon the pun, and the propaganda to throw out the egg yolks when cooking is completely wrongheaded.
The yolk contains B vitamins especially choline for brain health. It contains vitamin A in a bio-available form to support healthy tissues and eyes and vitamin E, an antioxidant that is helpful to our immune systems and skin. The yolk contains a good dose of vitamin D which here in Calgary we crave during the winter months and two very important antioxidants for eye health; lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help to prevent cataracts as we age.
In order to maximize the nutrition that your body is getting from the eggs that you buy, get down to your nearest farmers market or join an egg share scheme so that you can enjoy pasture raised eggs. Hens that are pasture raised have a happy healthy life and their eggs contain far less inflammatory omega 9 fatty acids than regular supermarket eggs, organic or not.
So do not shy away from eating eggs or ditch the dietary gold at their centre. Eggs are quick to prepare highly nutritious and everybody loves breakfast for supper every once in a while.
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