Everything You Need to Know About Eggs

Once a taboo no-no for your health, eggs are back on the table! Today we are answering all your questions about eggs.

If butter is back on the table are eggs?
Yes! In fact, research shows that dietary cholesterol has little effect on your actual cholesterol numbers. The overall research is so compelling that the American Heart Association removed their recommendation to limit dietary cholesterol.

Since eggs were one of the most abundant sources of dietary cholesterol, many people began to avoid them or avoid just the yolk. But the good news is, eggs are rich in nutrients such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin A, Vitamin B5, Choline, and Selenium. Plus, these little nutrient powerhouses also provide antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin which support eye health.

Do I still need to only eat the egg whites?
People used to avoid the yolk because it was rich in cholesterol. However, this is no longer a health concern. The majority of the nutrients of an egg are in its yolk, but the high-quality protein is in the white. So make sure to enjoy both!

Should I buy organic?
Organic means that the feed given to the chicken is organic and that the chicken will not be treated with antibiotics (at least not while it produces eggs for resale). However, this does not increase the nutrient quality of the egg.

Cage Free vs. Free Range vs. Pasture Centered
Cage Free means that the chickens are not in cages. However, they are typically still held in close quarters and often have to be subjected to procedures such as beak trimming to keep them from fighting.

Free Range is a misleading term; it means that at some point the chickens will get access to the outdoors but for no guaranteed amount of time.

Pasture Centered means that chickens have access to the outdoors and natural light, they can forage for bugs and, in general, participate in normal chicken behavior. The eggs of these chickens have been found to have higher nutrient content and are said to have a richer taste. However, the price is quite a bit higher as well.

How should I cook my eggs?
Any way you like! Boil them (soft or hard), fry them, scrambling them, add them to other dishes, the world is your eggshell. Want egg-squisite egg making skills? Take a look at these articles that’ll turn you into an egg making pro.

Keep in mind that pregnant women and those who are immune compromised should have pasteurized eggs and/or eggs that have been thoroughly cooked to reduce the risk of salmonella exposure.

Elizabeth Neal - May 7, 2018
Pat Resch, my grandmother used to raise ducks just for their eggs. They behave (in recipes) the same as a chicken egg. I think they have a richer taste. They are often much larger than a chicken egg, so you may need to adjust your recipe, when it calls for 3 or more eggs. I can make an omelet with just one duck egg. As far as the allergies, is your husband also allergic to chickens?
Suzy MacFarland - May 7, 2018
Don, I think your doc is wrong. Dietary cholesterol is barely on the radar for raising ones cholesterol. Cholesterol is hereditary according to my doc who has awards and certificates out the wazoo. I have diabetes and I often eat 3 to 4 eggs or more a day and have done so for years and my labs are great. My doc even has said that my tests show my diabetes is nearly in remission. I have had diabetes for 7 years and eggs are just one benefit for keeping my blood sugar low.
Pat Resch - May 7, 2018
My husband is highly allergic to chicken eggs. Had always heard that people with egg allergies can eat duck eggs. Just tried it and it's true. What is the difference between a chicken egg and a duck egg?
Judy Weiner - May 6, 2018
I have tried many methods. I live at 6500 feet above sea level. I finally searched for a method at high altitude and that works the best for me. Egg t
Yolks are perfect and egg is easy to peel.
Don Purina - May 6, 2018
Love them eggs and have 5 egg laying chickens in my backyard cooped up and let them free range twice a day to make them happy. I was eating 3 or 4 eggs a day for 6 months until my cholesterol score went from 100 to 160 says my doctor! That was eating too many eggs so I cut down to 3 eggs a week then we will see if this was the reason for high cholesterol.

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Nancy Galvin - May 6, 2018
My husband eats 2 hard boiled eggs every day for breakfast, and we also have hard boiled eggs in salads. Glad to hear they are good for us. Even if they weren’t not sure I would change the way we eat them
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