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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What Came First?

The incredible, edible..EGG. I know that most vegans (sorry sister Anna) see an egg as a raw bird embryo (which I'm sure sounds gross to just about everybody) but lets face it...eggs are delicious and (drum roll) healthy. And, as it is Easter season, eggs are everywhere - hanging in store windows, made of chocolate gathered on receptionist's desks, and lounging in beautiful grass-filled baskets.

Just a few, okay exactly 10, reasons why eggs are good for you:
1. Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneraton due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources.
2. In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.
3. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.
4. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.
5. They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.
6. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat.
7. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person's lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.
8. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
9. Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%.
10. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.
Last weekend Nick & I made a quick breakfast, this vegetarian play on Eggs Benedict, and although it is not a groundbreaking recipe I thought it was worth sharing.
2 English Muffins, toasted
4 Eggs (preferably organic), poached *beautiful & informational directions via Smitten Kitchen
1 tomato, thickly sliced & sprinkled with salt
1 avocado, sliced & sprinkled with salt
pinch of red pepper flakes

Spread avocado on toasted muffins, top with tomato, top with egg, sprinkle red pepper.

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