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.