“Devil”-ed Eggs or Something More? July 11, 2011.

I was reading a popular nutrition book today that bashed eggs. Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin’s famous book Skinny Bitch says the following:

If you really believe that eating ‘just egg whites’ isn’t fattening, we’ve got a bridge we can sell ya. Eggs are high in saturated fat and are completely disgusting” (Page 62).

Perturbed – and perhaps very disheartened (I eat a two-egg omelet ceremoniously every morning) – I decided to check the facts. Was my tomato-basil-onion concoction really making my thighs, stomach and arms flabbier? Cassandra Forsythe-Pribanic, PhD, RD’s article “What They NEVER Told You About Eggs” made my heart skip a few beats:

Cassandra begins, “It’s finally time to crack the misconception that eggs are bad for our health, because they’re absolutely not. It’s unfortunate, but many people still think that you cannot eat more than one egg per day, or even more than 3 eggs per week because if you do, you’ll develop high blood cholesterol levels and fatty arteries. But, this could not be farther from the truth . . . “

“First and foremost, eggs are an inexpensive source of high quality protein that almost everyone can enjoy in various ways . .  .”

“Eggs are powerhouses of nutrition:

•    Eggs are among the few sources of naturally occurring vitamin D and K, which are known for cancer protection and longevity.

•    Eggs contain the highest source of dietary choline (125mg/egg), which is a nutrient necessary for proper nervous system development and structural integrity of cell membranes; particularly, choline is necessary for brain development in infants to impart lifelong enhancement of memory and attention.

•    They supply 6.3 grams of high quality protein, 5 grams of fat primarily consisting of an even balance of saturates and monounsaturates, with less polyunsaturates, and barely no carbohydrates at all; they’re the perfect low carbohydrate food.

•    Some designer eggs contain up to 200 mg of DHA, the essential omega-3 fatty acid needed by all humans for normal development and functioning, and prevention of depression and memory loss.

•    The whole egg contains 166 mcg of lutein and zeaxanthin, two super antioxidants that contribute to eye health and prevent common causes of age-related blindness; research shows that the bioavailability of these nutrients from eggs is higher than other foods with higher contents.”

These are just some of the facts that Cassandra offers in her pro-egg, pro-health article. Her fact-based research proves that my egg-breakfast is not just okay but encouraged. I can now sleep at night knowing my breakfast will propel my body towards health. Why, thank you, Cassandra.

Read Cassandra’s full article here.

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