Eggcellent Eggs

I love eggs… but that’s not why Anthony calls me the Primal Chicken! 🙂

When it comes to food, some types are head and shoulders above most. Eggs are one of nature’s great superfoods.

Health professionals have maligned this natural wonder over the years, but there is a growing number starting to realise the benefits of eggs far outweigh the negatives.

These little beauties are jam packed with not only essential amino acids, but they also contain 13 vitamins and minerals. Some, like Iodine (needed for healthy thyroid function), Choline (healthy brain functions) and antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin (most excellent for your eyes) are hard to get in today’s world.

They contain so much protein that the World Health Organisation uses them as the standard for which they measure the quality of protein in other foods!

The fear of eggs has come from their saturated fat and high cholesterol content. Health professionals have been demonising these two nutrients since the ’70s and telling people they will be healthier without them, but there has been no overall improvement in health. In fact, the Japanese who eat the most eggs in the world, have the lowest unhealthy cholesterol levels (yes, there is healthy cholesterols)!

Cholesterol is produced by the body every single day and is required for cell walls, bile production, Vitamin D, brain and nerve functioning and hormonal production. It’s an essential structural component of all animal cell membranes.

Most people shouldn’t worry about eating eggs and their cholesterol. The cholesterol in eggs has almost no effect on our blood cholesterol levels, which are more influenced by the saturated and trans fat we eat.

Essential fatty acids are needed for proper hormonal production and cellular longevity. Saturated fat is necessary for our neurotransmitters to work, making it essential for cognitive health and performance – a fact to which the Primal Labrador can attest.

Free Range happy chickens produce excellent eggs that also contain high amounts of omega-3s, DHA and EPA reduce inflammation, improve our brain health, and protect against heart and neurodegenerative disease.

So there you have it, eggs are one of the best foods you can eat on a daily basis for great health.

But now to the critical part… what is the best way to eat them? 😉

Eggs would have to be one of the most versatile food items in the world, they can be eaten with almost anything, and prepared in a large variety of ways. Steak and eggs, scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, fried eggs, bacon and eggs – you name it.  Some people even drink them raw! They can make any meal delicious, and that’s why I adore them.

However, to get the most nutrition from them, you should be a little careful in how you prepare them.

You don’t want to damage the yolk. Too much heat will destroy the nutrients and makes the fat more inflammatory.

The best way to preserve the nutrition of eggs is to poach, steam or lightly fry them. This way the whites will cook, but the yolk will stay intact and be nicely gooey. That’s when you know they’re just right.  If you’d like a lovely sauce to try on your eggs, have a look at our Primal Flavours Low Carb Hollandaise Sauce.

Enjoy your eggs!

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