Which came first, the chicken, the egg, or the bad publicity? Eggs are one of those foods that no one seems to be quite sure about. Are eggs good for you? Are they bad? Every few years, the media seems to run stories about eggs that raise questions in the minds of consumers. Some stories say that they cause heart disease, others say high cholesterol. What do I say? In the video below, I talk about whether or not eggs are good for you and if you should include them in your diet or not.
Here are some of the basics. The average egg is 77 calories, rich in vitamins A, B, and D,includes antioxidants and is high in choline. Plus, it has a lot of protein and includes good-quality fats. So sounds great, right? What’s the catch? Well, actually… there really isn’t one. For most people, eggs are fantastic.
As for the myths that eggs cause heart disease and high cholesterol, there is no real scientific evidence to support either of these claims. A number of organizations have successfully demonized eggs over the years, but the reality is that eggs support many positive health outcomes. For example, weight loss. The egg is such a high-quality meal that it can fill you up quickly so you won’t crave more food.
Although you can buy eggs in every grocery store, chances are that they won’t be very high quality. Their yolks are usually a light yellow and their whites are almost as thin as water. This is compared to organic eggs, which tend to have a dark yellow, almost orange, yolks and a very thick white. The difference between their flavor and nutrition is measurable. Always go for organic, pasture-raised eggs.
Now, I said that eggs are fantastic for MOST people. There are many with food sensitivities that should avoid eggs as they can cause an allergic or IgE reaction. An IgE reaction is similar to an allergy, though not quite as severe. It will rob you of energy, make you feel lethargic, and disrupt your digestive system. Start monitoring your egg consumption. If you have these symptoms soon after enjoying eggs, then it might be a food that you should avoid in the future.
But for the most part, eggs are an excellent addition to most people’s diets. Eggs are full of nutrients, taste delicious, and are one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. I wholeheartedly recommend them!
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[Video Transcription] Are Eggs Good For You?
In this video, we’re discussing if eggs are good for you? Hi, I’m Dr. Zyrowski from NuVisionExcel.com. If you’re new the channel it is such a pleasure to have you here. Be sure to subscribe, hit that little bell notification to join our notification community, and I’m going to help you excel your health and your life.
This is a very common question we get because organizations like the American Heart Association has really demonized eggs for many years, told people to stay away from them. So, what we’ll do in this video is we’re going to look at the nutrient profile that’s found in eggs and then we’ll talk about a couple of the details that you’ll need to know, then at the end of the video I’m going to give you one of the major details that you must know about eggs because it may apply to you.
So, let’s first start with the nutrient profile here. So, when you look at an egg what you’re going to find in there is, first of all, it has 77 calories, okay. This is very important for someone who is counting calories, maybe on the Ketogenic diet watching how their food breakdowns are, so 77 calories. It’s rich in vitamins A, B, and D. It’s also rich in antioxidants, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin which are very important for eye health. These antioxidants have been proven to reduce macular degeneration and also reduce the cataracts that people are getting as they age. So, high in antioxidants. It’s also high in choline. Choline is very important for neurological health, brain health, so it’s really great that it’s high in choline. It also has a high amount of protein and good quality fats in it. As a matter of fact, the protein in the egg is about six grams and in an amino acid profile, that’s considered to be one of the most perfect profiles for the human body. And of course, high in fats which is really great if you’re someone who is looking to support brain health and neurological health and all areas of your health. Anyway, when we look at this, what we see is that first of all the egg is going to support us in building muscles, it’s going to support in neurological health, it’s going to support in eye health, and it also has different vitamins in there. So, when we look at the egg in its entirety what we essentially see here is that it is very, very rich in nutrients and it is a high-quality food.
Let’s go ahead and talk about some of the other details that we must know. So first of all, weight loss. The reason that eggs support weight loss is because eggs are a high satiety food. The reason they’re a high satiety food is because they have fats, they have proteins, and they have carbohydrates, and when you look at the egg it’s a really well-rounded meal and it really nourishes the body. So, as you eat something that nourishes the body well, essentially you become full and you don’t crave other foods. So, anyway, it supports weight loss in that way and there’s many studies out there that show people who ate eggs in the morning versus other foods, they were able to lose weight.
The next topic that we need to discuss is, organic and pasture raised. So, when we look at eggs, there are low quality and high-quality eggs. Now, a high-quality egg, you’ll crack it in the pan, it will have a dark yellow yolk and it will also be much thicker. The low-quality eggs will have a very light-yellow yolk and when you crack it in the pan it will disperse in the pan, almost like water, and so, that’s one of the ways you can really tell the difference. Now, an organic, pasture raised egg is more expensive than others, so what I recommend if you don’t want to spend the extra money to buy organic and pasture raised then you just find a local farmer that you can get some eggs off of them because the changes are they are raising them well and that they are going to be good quality eggs. I personally have my own chickens, so I always know that they are good quality eggs. My kids love going out in the pen in the morning, grabbing the eggs, and it’s just a fun thing for them to do. So, if you can’t buy organic pasture raised eggs, at least find a farmer to get them from.
Now, the other thing that we need to discuss about eggs is that many people say that they cause heart disease. I’m not going to discuss this in a lot detail, I’m just going to say that there’s been no studies that correlate consuming eggs and heart disease. There is also no studies that correlate eating eggs and cholesterol going up.
Now, the last thing I’m going to mention here is, beware of this. And what I’m talking about is be aware of eggs. Now, what happens with eggs is, clinically we see eggs to be one of those foods that people are very sensitive to, and so let me break this down a little bit. So, there’s an IGE reaction and an IGE reaction is one of those reactions like a peanut allergy. You eat some peanuts, your throat closes up, and it’s a bad deal, you run to the hospital, right? Now, an IGE reaction is a food sensitivity. Now, this reaction is much more subtle. It will come in ways of robbing you of your energy, making you feel very lethargic, it will also come in the way of causing you to have bad diarrhea and stomach cramps, okay. So, many people are eating eggs and running to the bathroom and saying, ‘well I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and I don’t know why’. But, it happens to be maybe they ate the egg alone, but also eggs are found in many different foods and many different products. So, we really have to be aware of that, and so if you’re someone who eats eggs and you notice any type of sensitivity reactions just be aware that you probably need to just cut them out of your diet for a period of time and then you can introduce them back in slowly.
So, overall when we look at this whole topic of eggs, eggs are a very, very high-quality food to eat, especially if you’re following the Ketogenic diet, they’re very powerful. Make sure you’re incorporating some eggs into your diet unless you are sensitive.
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