Eggs for Protein
Consuming an egg daily for breakfast is a healthy diet choice and especially if that egg is boiled or poached rather than fried. Poaching in water rather than frying in butter or oil reduces the fat content while maintaining the nutritional value of the meal. It's a low calorie energy rich way to start the day.Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein.
There is a lot of nutrition in an egg. Packing a powerful protein punch they are also loaded with an array of vitamins, minerals and other essential elements needed to get you through the day. Eggs are virtually a complete food in and of itself.
The reason this little oval shaped object is so nutritious is no accident of nature. The egg was specifically created by the mother of a developing baby to provide all the necessary nutrients to form and sustain her wee little one till it emerges from the shell.
Eat the entire egg or just the white? Much of the eggs nutrients are found within the yolk but the white of the egg does contain quantities of niacin and riboflavin in a larger proportion than can be found within the yolk.
Eggs are a good source of Riboflavin and Selenium. They also are a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Iodine, lutein, choline, phosphorus, manganese, iron, copper, zinc and calcium. Interestingly there is more sodium within the whites.
One large egg contains approximately seventy calories of which fifty-nine of those calories will be found within the yolk. But don't throw out your yolk. Keep in mind that the reason the calories are there is because that is also where the main bulk of nutrients will be found. Protein contains calories. It is a simple fact of nature.
What truly makes eggs unique is the quality of food protein they contain. The protein found within eggs is virtually perfect containing all 9 essential amino acids. Because of the exceptionally high quality of egg protein it is energy that is readily available for the body to use immediately.
One large egg will provide 6.25 grams of complete protein. This is approximately one half of a serving of protein as defined by diet food guidelines.
You have probably heard that eggs are high in cholesterol. Well this is indeed true as well. One Large egg contains approx 213 mg of cholesterol which fits in with our daily recommended cholesterol intake levels which allow for between 200 and 300 mg per day. What is interesting is that eggs are also rich in Selenium which is often used to treat high cholesterol.
A fried egg sandwich on toast is delicious but you can also take boiled eggs and quickly turn them into egg salad. Just take 6 eggs, mix in a quarter cup of diced onion, a quarter cup of finely diced celery, a half teaspoon of mustard, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salad dressing depending on your preferences.
Egg salad is a quick and easy recipe to prepare and tastes amazing on both plain bread or toasted. Go on and crack an egg or two.
Please purchase free run eggs whenever possible. Chickens were not always a domesticated animal. We have a tendency to forget that they were once a wild bird and as such were free range fowl. They consumed insects, roosted in trees, and enjoyed the pleasure of a dirt bath when the opportunity presented itself.
We have grown used to allowing chickens to be kept in small cages in an inhumane existence and this must stop. Please write your local and federal government officials to ask for a ban on battery style chicken production. Battery hens are generally subjected to cruel living conditions.
There are humane ways to raise our food stocks. These kinder methods of food production are not just a healthier alternative for the animals but also for us as well. The cruel treatment of egg laying hens is unacceptable and a practice that does not have to continue. There is a better way.
Please write your local and federal government to voice your concerns about this inhumane approach to poultry captivity. Ask for a ban on the use of battery cages in livestock production.
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