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How to buy Eggs

posted Jan 14, 2012, 9:16 AM by Amanda Bontempo   [ updated Jan 16, 2012, 6:51 AM ]

I  eggs, I really do. Other than lending themselves to be easily cooked in over 101 delicious ways, they are nutritionally perfect. Really.  Eggs are low in calories but pack a high quality protein punch which will keep you feeling full longer. 

The idea that eggs promote heart disease is simply a pervasive myth. It is saturated fat, and not dietary cholesterol that's primarily to blame for artery clogging heart disease, so do not feel guilty about having a few per week. In fact, eggs are one of the very few foods to be naturally rich in vitamin D. They will also provide you with antiinflammatory molecule choline, which is  needed to keep a ton of body systems working properly. Choline is disproportionally important to keep your brain juices flowing and bonus, nails will be strong and hair will be blinding with its shine. But remember, these benefits are fond in the yolks so don't toss them thinking you're saving calories. One large egg has less than 100 tiny calories.

But be aware, not all eggs are created equal. Brown eggs are not more nutritious than white eggs. The color of eggshells are simply a genetic variation and provides no indication that one is better than the other. It's what's on the inside  that counts. 

Factory farmed eggs do not have a higher quantity of contaminants than organic but they should still be avoided. Certified Organic eggs may be a little better but they are still fed corn-and-soybean-laced-feed which tips the scales of omega 3 / omega 6 ratios to favor inflammation and disease. This is why many organic and seemingly healthy eggs have omega 3's added to them.  And marketing makes us think that this is a good thing to boot!  But now you will be a fastidious little bean while shopping.

Your very best option for egg purchases are Certified Humane.  This means that the chickens are truly allowed pick around for flies and grub (their fave) which improves the nutritional quality of all those good components, like protein quality, selenium, and vit. D to promote health.  The darker in color your egg yolk is, the more densley it is packed with nutritious goodies like folate, B12 & riboflavin. 

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