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Are Eggs Healthy For You

Updated on June 14, 2013

All About Eggs

One of my favorite memories of my grandmother is sitting in the nook eating toad-in-the-hole. She just buttered both sides of her fresh baked bread and cut a hole in the middle with a cookie cutter. She fried the bread in a pan and broke an egg into the center. I liked my yolks runny so I could dip up the yolk with the rest of the fried bread. Awesome.

Her farmhouse was one of the only houses I've been in that has a breakfast nook. It was always sunny and special. I am surprised I haven't seen a house since with a breakfast nook.

Here is a collection of egg facts and tips that should get you cracking more often. Enjoy!

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Are Eggs Good For You?

I eat eggs almost every day because eggs are nature perfect food. Health wise one large egg contains 70 calorie and less than 5 grams of fat. Besides that they are full of other nutrients like iron vitamins and essential minerals. Eggs are one of the best high quality proteins with up to 9 essential amino acids. All this makes sense as it is the everything a chick needs to get a good start in life.

If you are worried about cholesterol, don't be. Research suggests that moderate consumption of eggs by healthy individuals has no bearing on increasing your chances of getting heart disease.

I eat eggs every day because I like eggs. I eat them mostly as hard boiled eggs in my lunch. Eggs are awesome for breakfast as most people eat them then, but I eat them for lunch in salads, for supper in quiches or omelets, I even put a fried egg on my hamburger. That is awesome.

KRUPS F23070 Egg Cooker with Water Level Indicator, 7-Eggs capacity, White
KRUPS F23070 Egg Cooker with Water Level Indicator, 7-Eggs capacity, White

Can't boil an egg? Let this machine do it for you. Hard boiled soft boiled even poached for that Eggs Benedict. Easy and anything.

 
Kuchenprofi White Porcelain Egg Cup, 2-Inch by 2-3/4-Inch, Set of 6
Kuchenprofi White Porcelain Egg Cup, 2-Inch by 2-3/4-Inch, Set of 6

I like how they show this egg cup upside down. Or maybe it is just me... or my Mom. She used to give us two soft boiled eggs, one uncut under the egg cup and one cut open on top. She was special that way.

 
Norpro Egg Perfect Egg Timer
Norpro Egg Perfect Egg Timer

Here's a simple time you throw in the pot with your eggs and changes color depending on how you like your eggs.

 
Maxam KT17 17-Piece 9-Element Surgical-Stainless-Steel Waterless Cookware Set
Maxam KT17 17-Piece 9-Element Surgical-Stainless-Steel Waterless Cookware Set

Special cookware that allows you to cook healthier by not cooking in water. This keeps the vitamins locked int he food and not poured down the sink with the cooking water.

 

I haven't tried this with ordinary cookware but my special thick walled premium cookware allows me to boil eggs without water. I fold a sheet of wet paper towel on the bottom of the pot and put my eggs on the towel. Cover and heat for five minutes and turn the heat off and let sit for 5 more. Perfect hard boiled eggs ever time.

The dark ring around the yolk when you hard boil an egg is the natural reaction to the sulfur and iron in the egg when you slow boil and egg. Cooking my way - no ring.

Egg Facts - The Benefits of Eggs

  1. Organic Eggs vs Regular Eggs

    Organic eggs are eggs of chickens fed certified organic feed. There are no nutritional differences between organic eggs and regular eggs.

  2. The Color of The Yoke

    I originally thought the color of the yolks determined if the egg was fresh or not. It turns out it is the feed they are given. The light colored yokes are from hens fed wheat grains as their main feed. Hens fed corn and alfalfa are darker yellow. The color has little to suggest the nutritional value but its harder to please the eye.

  3. How to tell if eggs are fresh

    Fresh eggs sink in water, so when you are boiling them be aware of the floaters.

    When cracking an egg to fry it, a fresh egg has a yolk that sits high in the center, then older they get the more they spread out. The whites should be thick and stick close to the yolk. The older the egg the less defined the whites will be, so if you crack an egg and it spreads out the fill the pan, throw it out.

  4. Egg Storage

    Buy eggs in a cardboard carton not the foam type. Not only is it more environmentally friendly but the cardboard container protect the eggs from absorbing odors from the fridge. Store the eggs in the main body of the fridge and not the door. Eggs need that colder temp to stay fresh longer.

  5. Specialty Eggs

    There are many new variations of eggs found at the grocers these days. They may be nutritional variances or just the way the hens are housed. Omega-3 enhanced, vitamin-enhanced, organic, vegetarian, premium quality, free run or free range. Let you preferences be tempered with informative guidance and your conscience.

My New Favorite

I love eggs. Fried eggs on my burgers, toad-in-the-hole is egg in fried bread, but my new favorite is just a fried egg on a peanut butter sandwich (toasted or not) It's quick, simple and awesome.

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    • lisln profile image

      LorLinda 

      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      LOL I eat eggs almost everyday too just love them great lens!

    • Northerntrials profile imageAUTHOR

      Northerntrials 

      5 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thanks Steve. I appreciate it.

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      SteveKaye 

      5 years ago

      Well crafted lens. Great job.

    • JRsFavoriteFinds profile image

      JRsFavoriteFinds 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. Eggs have gotten a bad rap for a long time. All the bad press is wrong. They are a great food that we need.

    • Northerntrials profile imageAUTHOR

      Northerntrials 

      5 years ago

      @LesPalenik: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Eggs are perfect food in my opinion.

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      LesPalenik 

      5 years ago

      Interesting and useful post, and a great photo of eggs.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I usually like to eat eggs for dinner as well. It's easy and so versatile, not to mention tasty!

    • Northerntrials profile imageAUTHOR

      Northerntrials 

      5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Toad-in-the -hole is English I believe though I don't think it is the same thing as my Grandmother made. She was apt at putting her own spin on everything she did.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I had not heard the term toad-in-the-hole but hearing you describe your memory of this breakfast meal makes it sound like a delightful way to serve eggs. I generally try to eat an egg a day as well. It is a complete protein so I figure it will give me instant energy which is definitely something that lazy old me can use. Wonderful article.

    • Northerntrials profile imageAUTHOR

      Northerntrials 

      5 years ago

      @IMKZRNU2: I wish I had the space and the where-with-all to raise chickens. Being where we are , it's frowned upon. I suppose I could raise them in the back yard until I was forced to get rid of them. I wonder how long it would take if I gave my neighbors free eggs every month?

    • Northerntrials profile imageAUTHOR

      Northerntrials 

      5 years ago

      @vineliner57: It is important to have a shiny coat. Thanks for visiting. :)

    • Northerntrials profile imageAUTHOR

      Northerntrials 

      5 years ago

      @ixodoi: I have eggs for supper(breakfast) more often than not as I am a commuter and time at the end of the day is limited. Eggs are quick and easy to whip up into something interesting quickly.

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      dudokdudok 

      5 years ago

      I love eggs and eat them regularly, average 1 a day. One of the best foods nature gave us.

    • Northerntrials profile imageAUTHOR

      Northerntrials 

      5 years ago

      @dudokdudok: I agree. Nature has made a perfect food.

    • IMKZRNU2 profile image

      IMKZRNU2 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I eat eggs almost every day too. We raise chickens and they love to bless us with lots of eggs. Nice lens!

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      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I eat at least 2 eggs a day at breakfast. Fried, scrambled, in an omelette, it doesn't matter. I also like to keep a few boiled ones around to snack on. I have also notice that when I started eating more eggs my coat got shinier...:)

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      ixodoi 

      5 years ago

      Eggs are my favorite thing for breakfast (and dinner). And my son if willing to eat them all day long as a snack!

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      Klinetka 

      5 years ago

      I like eggs, but unfortunately when I do eat them I get skin problems

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