I found it only fitting to talk about this today considering my recent eggscapades involving eggs launching themselves around my kitchen like it was the 4th of July. Last night I found out what happens when you leave eggs boiling on the stove until the water evaporates.
My girlfriend and I heard some crazyness going on outside my room but just assumed it was my roommates and ignored it. We later on discovered that my kitchen had become a warzone and the casualties were many.
Somehow the eggs managed to explode and shoot across my kitchen with extreme velocity. They literally shattered on my ceiling (at least 5′ from the stove) leaving shrapnel that I am finding a day later.
Honestly? I’m not even mad, I just wish I was in the kitchen to witness all the eggcitement.
Note to self: don’t forget about hard boiled eggs.
I have srambled on about eggs in the past but I still feel like people are giving eggs and more specifically the yolk a bad rep. Many of my friends and clients are flabbergasted at the fact that I eat up to a dozen whole eggs a day and I haven’t turned into Jabba the Hut.
It’s actually very unfortunate that people still believe that eating a few eggs a day or even a few eggs a week will make you fat and send your cholesterol through the roof. Whats interesting is that many of them still go to town on things like fried food, fast food, and tons of processed food. On the other end of the spectrum there are the bodybuilder types who only eat egg whites and avoid any and all fat like the plague (this used to be me).
In actuality, this couldn’t be farther from the truth
The studies began in the 1960’s where doctors began linking bad cholesterol and clogged arteries to foods that themselves were rich in cholesterol. Take example: the egg.
What most scientists have found and what most people don’t realize is that cholesterol is an important part of every cell membrane in the body and we can’t live without it. You don’t say?
Our bodies produce cholesterol, HDL (good stuff) and LDL (bad stuff), in certain quantities. The HDL actually aids in the removal of the bad stuff from our artery walls. “Clean up, aisle 6!”
Multiple studies have shown that consumption of eggs in addition to a healthy diet actually leads to a reduction in LDL cholesterol and increases in HDL. I even read one study where a bodybuilder from NZ was consuming up to 18 whole eggs per day and was tested and his cholesterol was low. So low it was barely on the chart. Explain that.
On a typical day I consume 8-12 eggs which is highly dependent on my training period or training for that day. I haven’t had my cholesterol checked recently but I think it is safe to say that I got that shit in check. I eat an extraordinary diet rich in veggies, fruits, lean meats, nuts, and burritos.
Why do I eat so many eggs?
Comparitively it is one of the cheapest “healthy” proteins on the market per gram. Not to mention it has the highest bioavailability of any protein in nature. This means that it is the most effective source of protein in promoting muscle growth. It comes in second only to mother’s milk….I’m not even going to go there.
Eggs are high in vitamins D and K which are known for cancer prevention and longevity as well as lutein and xeaxanthin whicha are both powerful antioxidants. They also have high amounts of choline which is a nutrient necessary for proper nervous system development and structural integrity of cell membranes. Choline is also extremely necessary for brain development in infants and produce lifelong enhancements to memory and attention. P.S. choline helps lower cholesterol. Hmmmm….
Yes, the yolks contain fat. If you are worried about this then stop eating so much damn processed food and sugar. Just sayin’. Eggs actually contain a pretty even amount of saturated and monounsaturated fats (the good kind). Even better are natural-fed chickens whose eggs include DHA and Omega-3s. I could go into length about how fats are good for you but I will save that for another day.
Like I said, if you are concerned with your cholesterol levels and heart disease then avoid diets high in sugar, processed foods, artificial chemicals (flavors or sweeteners), preservatives, pesticides, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
If you partake in any or all of the above then you may want to reconsider what is “bad” for you.
Hint: It isn’t eggs.