21 Jun This Dietitian’s Pantry Staple: Eggs
Eggs are nutritional powerhouses packed with heaps of good stuff like: protein, vitamin B12, monounsaturated fat, phosphorous, selenium, iodine, folate and vitamin A. All up, there are 11 different vitamins and minerals naturally found in eggs. They’re also naturally low in salt and sugar. And, because they are high in protein, they help to keep us fuller for longer, so they’re a great option for those looking to shed some weight.
Eggs are a staple in households across the world, and they certainly get this dietitian’s nod of approval. They’re so versatile, and you can have them at any time of the day. They can be boiled, scrambled, fried, poached, served on toast, in salads and sandwiches or in stir-fries, and they’re are a vital ingredient in baking. My personal favourite egg dish is shakshuka – check out my take on it.
As for their moderate cholesterol content, the National Heart Foundation recommends that everyone, who follows a healthy balanced diet low in saturated fat (the nasty stuff that affects blood cholesterol levels), can eat up to six eggs per week without increasing their risk of heart disease. This includes people with diabetes or heart disease. That is reason enough to get egg-static. Nevertheless, if you’re still concerned about your cholesterol levels, just team up your next serve of eggs with some heart-healthy avocado and smoked salmon. Yum!
Lastly, when it comes to the age-old debate concerning where to store your eggs – pantry or fridge, either option is acceptable. It’s really a matter of personal choice. Debate settled. And, despite any recent controversy, please buy free-range eggs. The hens will thank you.
Eggs deserve their place in households across the country. They’re a rich source of nutrition, and they taste great too. However you like them. be sure to include them in your diet. They are pretty unbeatable.