An Eggucation You’d think that buying eggs would be easy. But with all the confusing terms and misleading information, navigating the egg aisle can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to making the smartest choice when it comes to eggs. BY REBECCA TREON
Cracking the Code: Eggs Are Healthy for You Eggs have been controversial in recent decades, with trends leaning toward avoiding consumption altogether or eating only the egg whites. “Eggs are part of a balanced diet,” says Janelle de Buzna, R.D.N., of Scottsdale, Ariz. “The vitamins and nutrients in eggs are important for your health, from gut health to brain function.”
SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT EGGS:
Ninety percent of U.S. adults, pregnant women and children are lacking in this essential nutrient, which supports cell structure and nervous system function. One large egg contains 147 mg. Daily recommended adequate intake is 425 mg for women, 450 mg for pregnant women and 550 mg for men.
ARE A COMPLETE PROTEIN Eggs contain an adequate proportion of each of the nine essential amino acids necessary in the human diet. Other complete proteins include red meat, poultry, fish, cheese, soy and quinoa.
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Studies show that cholesterol in eggs has almost no effect on your blood cholesterol levels, which are more influenced by any saturated and trans fats you consume. “HDL reduces inflammation and keeps everything moving in the bloodstream. LDL is important because it delivers important nutrients to each cell,” says de Buzna. “LDL often gets a bad rap, but the body still needs it in moderation. In eggs, the LDL is in the yolk—but so are the nutrients—egg whites house most of the protein.”
In several clinical trials with men and women consuming either eggs or a bagel for breakfast, participants reported less hunger, more satiety, lowered body mass index, weight loss and higher energy levels from eating eggs. DID YOU KNOW?.
If you can’t tell which eggs in the fridge are hard-boiled, try spinning them. Raw eggs wobble as the liquid inside shifts, but hard-boiled eggs will spin smoothly.