Are Two Eggs a Day Too Many?
Several decades ago here in the UK, there used to be a popular TV commercial for eggs with the slogan “Go to Work on an Egg“. This was back in the 1960s when eggs were considered to be a highly nutritious food – and before the decades-long misconception that egg yolks were a contributing factor to heart disease.
The thinking behind the slogan was that a substantial breakfast was essential for anyone to start the day so that they could go to their place of employment, to school or carry out the household chores with the right fuel to get the work done!
Perhaps that slogan could now be changed to “Go to Work on 2 Eggs” as we are now being told that there are several health benefits from eating 2 or 3 eggs every day!
You are not only being encouraged to have an egg every day but perhaps two or even three…
Here are 9 health benefits of eating eggs every day
- You decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Eggs contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which can decrease the levels of triglyceride in the blood.
- Eggs are rich in vitamin B9 – folic acid – and essential during pregancy for protecting the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system of the baby.
- Studies have shown that organic free range eggs are a good source of carotenoids, helping prevent skin cancer while slowing down the aging process.
- Breast Cancer research have found that the daily consumption of eggs reduces the risk of breast cancer – especially in teenage girls. High levels of vitamins, minerals and amino acids in eggs which help to increase the levels of estrogen in the body.
- Eggs are good news for your liver, hair and skin because of the presence of vitamin B12, protein and biotin (for radiant skin and hair) and lecithin for the process of detoxing (for liver).
- Healthy eyes and eyesight because of the astaxanthin, vitamin A and lutein found in eggs. Vitamin A is important for light and dark vision while the other two protect from free radicals while enhancing daytime and color vision.
- Help to lose weight. Proteins have a smaller glycemic index than carbohydrates.
- Help with a healthy metabolism while protecting the brain. Eggs are rich in choline which is a nutrient that we need for many different metabolic processes as well as the ones that involve fats. Choline transforms into acetylcholine which is the neurotransmitter we need to transmit stimuli in our brain as well as our nervous system.
- Eggs add to our vitamin D and calcium levels, helping with improved bone health.
Obviously you have to like eggs, not have an allergy to them nor have been dissuaded from eating them by your medical practitioner for medical reasons.
Points to remember when eating plenty of eggs
- Make sure to choose organic free range eggs as they come from chickens that literally roam freely on farms where they are able to get a varied diet. They can eat bugs, grubs, grasses and other plants which will give them a variety of nutrients. They are often kept with a rooster which means the eggs are fertilized. They can enjoy the sunshine, the fresh air and a dust bath whenever they feel the need to clean their plumage. An egg is considered organic if the chicken is only fed organic food, which means it will not have accumulated high levels of pesticides from the grains fed to typical chickens.
- The storage of eggs. Although there is absolutely no need to store eggs in the refrigerator outside of the USA, I think many people do because there is always that egg storage place in the door of the fridge which “invites” you to place them there when unpacking your shopping bags. But in much of Europe and the rest of the world, eggs are often stored right on the counter at room temperature just as I do. If you live in the USA, you probably do store eggs in the refrigerator. This is because most eggs from US supermarkets must be refrigerated due to their lack of a protective cuticle, the likelihood of contaminant exposure and the need for longer shelf life. This lack of a protective cuticle is because of egg-washing – a process unique to the US. Egg washing entails the eggs being scrubbed, rinsed, dried and then sprayed with a chlorine mist which can destroy the natural protective cuticle that the hen provides when laying the egg in the first place, acting as a shield against bacteria. That chlorine mist even contains antimicrobial properties, helping to strip an egg’s natural protection.
Where to buy your eggs?
If you live in an urban area, visiting the local health food stores is typically the quickest route to finding the high quality local egg sources. Farmers Markets are another great source. How much better to support your local Farmers Market or health store where you can choose locally produced, free range/ organic eggs and where you can be reasonably sure that the chickens have enjoyed a much happier, healthier life?