Many people think that that eggs are “bad” for you, however the nutrients in this food bring an array of benefits to the body and help its consumers stay full for longer, maintain their energy & improve strength. The misconception that eggs are a poor food choice comes from the idea that they are too high in cholesterol. While eggs do have higher cholesterol levels than lean meats, it has been proven that healthy people can eat them, in moderation, with no impact on their risk of heart disease.
The Egg White:
Egg whites are approximately 17 calories each, and contain about half of the whole egg’s value of protein. Plus, they contain 54 milligrams of potassium. Egg whites have no saturated fat or cholesterol.
The Egg Yolk:
The yolk of an egg is the part that people concerned about cholesterol are worried about, however egg yolks have a high protein content and contains essential vitamins and healthy omega fatty acids. Benefits of the egg yolk may include:
- Increased immune function
- Improved bone density
- Increased skin and hair health
- Improved fat and protein metabolism
Overall, eggs are a beneficial food that should be considered for everyone seeking to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Their low cost, versatility and abundance make them a staple food for every household.
Egg White Frittata:
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (4-5 green onions)
- 2 jalapeños, chopped
- 4 cups spinach
- 3 cups liquid egg whites
- Preheat oven to 160ºC.
- Spray an oven-safe skillet with a little cooking spray Add green onions & jalapeños and sauté until green onions are softened. Add spinach and stir until wilted, about 3-4 minutes.
- Pour in egg whites, stirring to combine.
- Move to preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until eggs are set. Cool slightly before slicing into wedges and serving.