One of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Foodies everywhere, rave about the egg — but as I’m sure you remember, this wasn’t always the case.
Humans have been eating eggs for thousands of years. They’re widely thought of as a good thing, but there are some conflicting opinions out there; many people believe eggs to be cholesterol-packed, and therefore a food to be avoided.
For over a decade, we were told to order only the egg white omelette, as this was far better for the ol’ ticker (aka: your heart). Egg yolks were deemed “bad,” due to high levels of cholesterol, and were therefore responsible for clogging our arteries, and making us fat.
Times have certainly changed; now it seems to be all about the yolk. Hail fats! Some foodies are even going as far as separating the whites, and simply enjoying the golden goodness all on it’s own. With all the high-fat diets out there, like Paleo + Ketogenic, fats are most definitely in the spot light.
It can be tough to decipher between all the mixed nutritional messages out there. In my humble opinion, I say, “eat the whole egg!” The whites, and the yolk; every bit of it is perfectly structured to provide you with just the right amount of both fat + protein.
Sometimes, we just can’t argue Mother Nature.
A single egg contains:
Vitamin A, D, E + K: fat-soluble vitamins for optimal cognitive function, enhanced digestion + dewy skin
Folate: for making DNA + improving anemia
Vitamin B12: think energy, energy, energy!
Phosphorus: found in every cell in your body, works with calcium to promote strong bones + teeth
Selenium: an essential trace mineral for cognitive function, a healthy immune system, and fertility for both men + women
Calcium + zinc: think immunity, immunity, immunity!
Shopping for Eggs
Stick with organic
Organic eggs typically have higher vitamin + mineral quality. More and more local farmers’ are feeding their birds organic feed, resulting in healthier chickens, therefore more nutrient-rich eggs.
Ask for pasture-raised
Go beyond organic by asking for pasture-raised. Don’t get sidetracked by the confusing array of labeling terms. You are likely to find phrases like “pasture-raised,” “pastured,” “free-range” and “cage-free” on egg packaging, but labeling laws allow products to display these terms even if the egg-laying chickens spend little or no time outdoors in a pasture setting. Talk to your grocer, or the local farmer at the market, and find out for yourself how the chickens were actually raised.
Consider local farms
Organic, pasture-raised eggs are often available from local farms with small flocks, who provide a natural lifestyle for their chickens. Eatwild.com is a great resource to help you find small, local farms in your area.
And since we’re talking happy birds, here’s a really adorable video of chickens playing the xylophone.
Lots of love,