Eggs have had a crazy time of it in nutrition circles. Go back to the 1920’s and the leading physical culturists were promoting them as one of the ultimate foodstuffs. This carried on for decades, with great bodybuilders and athletic coaches all agreeing that eggs are a staple food for muscle building. We even have those iconic montages from films like Rocky where the hero pounds down whole glasses of raw eggs.
Then came a dark time for eggs. The 1980’s saw a massive rise in the villainising of dietary fat and cholesterol, with recommendations on egg consumption being slashed, drastically. Many doctors and health professionals even today will recommend no more than three eggs per week which, let’s face it, is barely an omelette.
Since then, opinions have gone back and forth, with phrases like ‘good cholesterol’ and ‘bad cholesterol’ flying around to further confuse us poor consumers. Thankfully, we’ve reached a point where eggs are once more a beloved source of all kinds of goodness. In celebration, here are some reasons to eat more of them!
1. They are delicious
I needed to get this out of the way first. They just are. Yolks and all. I’ve been known to eat 40-50 eggs a week and still never get sick of them. Fried, scrambled, boiled, even curried, there are endless ways to cook and enjoy your eggs and they can make a meal out of literally any random stuff you have in your fridge.
2. Fat-soluble Vitamins
One of the areas in which the struggle against dietary fats falls down is the necessity of these vitamins, notable Vitamins A, E, D and K, all found in abundance in egg yolks.
3. Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids are used to synthesise things like hormones and connective tissue. These cannot be produced in the human body and must be consumed in food. Again, eggs pack a pretty decent dose of EFA’s, and you can even get Omega-3 enriched eggs for an added bonus.
If you’re a vegetarian, or simply looking to increase your protein intake, look no further. With 9 grams of protein per egg on average, they can provide a valuable boost. Around half is in the yolks though, so either eat the whole egg or double up on those whites!
5. Eggs Are Cheap
In this economy, it’s always worth considering this point! Even with all the nutrients that eggs contain, from the EFA’s, the vitamins, minerals, protein etc, they still remain an incredibly affordable food source. What’s more, they are incredibly satisfying, meaning that you’re likely to stay fuller for longer, resulting in less snacking on other, possibly more expensive food.
Cast of the shackles of past dietary fears and embrace the egg. I’m not saying you have to match my admittedly heavy consumption, but don’t be afraid to include eggs as a staple in your diet. Your wallet, muscles and hormones will all thank you!