Eggs are a staple of the American diet. In fact, eggs are no longer just eaten for breakfast but are making appearances on salads, in soups, and even on pizzas and burgers. Eggs are easy, cheap, versatile, and nutritious, making them an easy go-to for folks with busy schedules. However, eggs have recently been getting a bad wrap…but for what? Let’s debunk 5 of the most common egg myths…
Myth #1: Eating Eggs Raises Cholesterol
Do eggs contain cholesterol? Yes. However, research has shown that dietary cholesterol has a negligible effect on blood cholesterol levels. In fact, the most influential factor in high blood cholesterol levels is high amounts of saturated fats in the diet.
Myth #2 Brown and White Eggs Offer Nutritional Differences
When it comes to nutritional content, we are often told that brown is always better. Whether it’s bread, pasta, or whole wheat crackers, these brown products offer more nutritional value than their white counterparts. Is the same true for eggs? Research has shown that brown eggs offer no marginal difference in nutritional value over the more ordinary white eggs. In fact, the difference in color comes from nothing other than the chicken’s feathers. Brown eggs are certainly more costly than white eggs, but the better choice depends on your particular preferences.
Myth #3 Egg Yolks Should Not Be Eaten
Most folks have learned that egg whites are healthier than egg yolks. This idea comes from many different reasons including cholesterol content, protein content, and fat content. However, without the egg yolk, we would be missing out on the omega-3s and essential B-vitamins. While the egg yolk does contain the fat, this type of fat can have many benefits on the body including anti-inflammatory properties, heart-healthy effects, and healthy, glowing skin. You may not prefer to eat the yolk every time, but it should definitely not be feared.
Myth #4 Eating Eggs Everyday is Bad for You
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods, are easy to make, and are budget friendly. Eggs offer many important vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and can help regulate cholesterol levels. It is perfectly safe to eat an egg every day. As long as there is adequate consumption of fruits, vegetables, and other food groups, eggs can be a versatile part of your everyday diet.
Myth #5 Fertilized Eggs are Healthier
The discussion of whether fertilized eggs are healthier has long been up for debate. The most important thing to keep in mind when considering which eggs are the most nutritious is the freshness of the egg. Fresh eggs are the best options, because the longer they sit on the shelf, the longer the protein has to denature.