Eggs. Love 'em. Pretty much one of the most perfect foods you can eat. Easy to make, cheap, packed with protein and nutrients, portable, satisfying, and just plain delicious. And how sad that over the years they have suffered a horrible reputation for causing high cholesterol and heart attacks. Shame on wrongful blame!!! Causing people to fear eggs has brought more and more reasons for eating bagels, toast, cereals, muffins, and a whole host of other options much worse for you at breakfast time. This was certainly not helpful for anyone's health, in fact most likely added to heart disease and other issues. The research is plentiful, and quite clear in the fact that there is actually no reason to fear eggs whatsoever. I personally eat 2-3 eggs almost every morning, and I feel much better than I ever used to after eating all those supposed "low fat and low cholesterol" foods like bagels, etc, that just left me feeling bloated and with horrible brain fog half way through the day. Not to mention, my cholesterol profile is excellent.
And for anyone out there who is throwing away the yolks and just eating egg whites to be "healthier", STOP! The yolk actually holds almost all the vitamins and minerals in the egg, while the egg whites alone are basically just protein. Don't miss out on all that good stuff! Many people do not get enough choline in their diet (important for brain function, nerve function, muscle movement and maintaining a healthy metabolism), and egg yolks are one of the best sources of this macronutrient. Along with vitamins A, D, E, B6, B12 and many more nutrients, egg yolks also contain antioxidants like carotenoids, which give the yolks their yellow color. Eggs from free range chickens will have a lot more carotenoids than factory farm eggs because of their ability to forage outside, and this is why the yolks of free range eggs have such a richer, deeper color to them. We actually have our own backyard chickens that we let roam around our yard every day, and I will say honestly that you just can't beat the taste, freshness and quality of those eggs. Whenever possible, get farm fresh eggs, or maybe you want to get your own chickens! You won't be disappointed.
So next time you're wondering what to eat for breakfast, "egg" yourself on to the best way to start your day. Fry 'em, scramble 'em, make an omelette, sunny side up, over easy, poached, hard boiled... and the options never end, so you can't possibly get bored. Enjoy!
Terri Wentzell is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience. She is also a certified personal trainer, wellness coach, fitness nutrition coach, and sport yoga instructor.