“Say! I like green eggs & ham! I do! I like then, Sam-I-am! Green Eggs & Ham, Dr. Seuss
“If you could choose to master a single ingredient, no choice would teach you more about cooking than the egg. It is an end in itself; it’s a multipurpose ingredient; it’s an all-purpose garnish; it’s an invaluable tool.’ -Michael Ruhlman
“I love eggs so much! I feel like my day hasn’t started until I have had my eggs. I’m probably going to die from high cholesterol!” -Norah Jones
Every day, we are bombarded with marketing messages and half truths about many products or commodities. Companies like to highlight the best and unique qualities of their offerings to make people become customers. The marketplace is highly competitive and each company needs to stand out to consumers in some way. Sometimes, companies and the general public even demonize products to make others look good. For example, consider hygiene products. Some commercials marketing body washes, toothbrushes, or shavers put down older, yet still effective products in their category.
One food that carries a bad reputation is the egg. The egg has a rough and interesting history in nutrition. Sometimes, it is seen as a gold standard of lean protein. I’m sure you have heard the saying “the incredible, edible egg.” Sometimes, the public has demonized eggs for their cholesterol content in the yolk. They believed that the cholesterol in egg yolks raised blood cholesterol and lead to heart disease.
In fact, the bullied egg is just an egg. It cannot take on properties such as good or evil. It doesn’t think or do anything. It’s just an object until people act upon it in some way. In most cases, eggs can contribute to a healthy well rounded meal plan. Some reasons why eggs are great include:
- They provide a good source of lean protein; 7 grams per egg
- They do not cost a lot
- Each egg contains only 75 calories
- They are low in salt
- They are low in carbohydrates
- They are extremely low in saturated fat
- They are versatile and fit with many other foods
These benefits and nutrition facts are just the beginning. I’m sure you get the picture so I won’t drone on about it. The next question is, “How do I eat my eggs? Here’s a list to get you started:
- “sunny side up”
- in an omelet
- on whole grain toast
- over whole grain oatmeal.
Eggs can be a tasty and versatile addition to a healthy, well rounded meal plan. They are easy to cook and do not cost much. Be wary of the reputation(s) the public puts on certain foods. They are not always accurate. As Always, Easy, Move, and Improve!