The Whole Truth

wilted spinach with 2 poached eggs

How many of you are just polishing off egg whites like it’s your job?  I know that I’ve fallen into the trap, and I’m currently working my way out of it, why?  Because- without the yolk, you miss almost all the great benefits eggs can give you.

Here’s 10 Whole Truths about the Whole Egg:

  1. Eggs help with memory and brain function- Chlorine that forms an essential part of eggs, boost memory power and brain functioning.
  2. Eggs are good for your heart- Choline in eggs benefit the cardiovascular system by lowering levels of harmful homocysteine (preventing heart disease)
  3. Eggs help your eye and muscle function- The yolks are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are two antioxidants recently linked to warding off macular degeneration– basically helping you see things all the way till you’re 90 (give or take a few years)
  4. Eggs help with maintain weight- low on the GI index, these guys keep you full and energized a lot longer then any other protein (they are also a whole food- loaded with nutrients)
  5. Eggs help you lose weight- Louisiana State University system researchers found that obese people who ate a two-egg breakfast at least five times a week lost 65 percent more weight and had more energy than women who breakfasted on bagels (source)
  6. Eggs make your hair silky smooth and skin baby soft- the lutein in eggs helps improve skin elasticity, hydration, and lipid content, creating healthier cells (healthier you inside and out)
  7. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids, all in around 72 calories (for those counting)
  8. Eggs are like sunshine- they’re one of the only foods that contain Vitamin D naturally
  9. Eggs don’t break the bank- for just a couple of bucks- you can get at least 12 of these beauties-
  10. They’re one of the easiest whole foods to cook- poached, scrambled, boiled, fried- however you like ’em- they never take over 5 minutes to cook (unless you like the yolk crunchy.. joking)

The list of why eggs are good for you can go on and on- I won’t do that to you, but for a little egg cooking tutorial, head here (How Stuff Works) for a full tutorial.

My eggs above were poached in a saucepan- in 3 minutes.  To poach your eggs in a pot, make sure you have enough water to cover the whole egg by about an inch- add 1T of white vinegar (so the whites don’t sperate from the yolk)- let the water boil, then reduce the head so it’s just before boiling and drop the eggs in- set the timer for 3 minutes and you’re done! Too easy!

How do you like your eggs? I’m big into the poaching right now- poached eggs on toast.. drool!


8 thoughts on “The Whole Truth

  1. So glad you are eating whole eggs, be prepared to feel like a million bucks! Just finished reading The Kind Diet (terrible name but refers mostly to taking care of the earth), want me to send it your way? xo

  2. yay for eggs!!! and the WHOLE thing 🙂 i want to make poached eggs- they sound good


  3. I LOVE poached eggs. I also love egg salad sandwiches…my mom makes the best egg salad and mine is never as good as hers. (Isn’t that how it always goes? Food always tastes better when someone else makes it.)

  4. funny you should mention this! i always eat egg whites, esp in my oatmeal pancakes that i’ve been eating like every morning, but yesterday at whole foods i actually went back to the egg section and picked up a half carton of REAL eggs 🙂

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