Are Eggs Healthy And How Many Should You Be Eating? - Femanin

Are Eggs Healthy Or Should We Be Steering Clear?

Are eggs healthy? Seen as though so many us eat eggs on the daily, we’re looking at the medical advice surrounding them so you don’t have to.

Recommendations on what to eat, how much and how often change as many times as our opinions on Maura from Love Island. So we’ve decided to take some common food myths about good ol’ eggs and find out the actual truth behind our egg consumption.

Scrambled, fried, poached or boiled, however you have your eggs, they’re pretty much a staple of any decent breakfast. The only issue? One minute we’re supposed eat two eggs per day. The next, we’re not supposed to go near them with a 10-foot pole.

What’s a gal who loves brunch supposed to do?

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How Many Eggs Is Safe To Eat?

According to the NHS website, there is actually no recommended amount of eggs we’re supposed to eat.

But before you start munching down limitless plates of Eggs Benedict, there ARE THINGS TO AVOID to eat them healthily.

How To Cook Them Healthily

Although there are no recommendations on the amount of eggs to eat, it is advised to cook them without salt or fat.

That means poached eggs should be boiled with no salt and scrambled should be without butter and with low-fat milk.

Frying eggs can also increase their fat content by about FIFTY per cent.

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Are Eggs Bad For Your Cholesterol Levels?

Cholesterol is bad for us as high cholesterol levels increases our risk of heart disease. Our bodies actually produce all the cholesterol we need on our own but it is also found in eggs, beef, prawns and cheese.

Eggs do contain some cholesterol BUT the amount of saturated fat we eat actually has more of an effect on our cholesterol levels than the cholesterol in eggs.

So you don’t need to worry about eggs increasing your cholesterol levels! As the BBC explains:

“Cholesterol is transported around our body by lipoprotein molecules in the blood. Every person has a different combination of various types of lipoproteins, and our individual make-up plays a role in determining our risk of developing heart disease.”

Why Are Eggs Good For You?

Maybe it’s time swap our bacon butties for this superfood.

  • They are packed with VITAMIN D, CHOLINE, CALCIUM and IRON which all help healthy bones, memory and healthy teeth.
  • They actually contain the best quality PROTEIN – 2 eggs have 28% of an adult woman’s recommended daily intake of protein.
  • A medium egg contains less calories than a banana

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Can Raw Eggs Give You Food Poisoning?

You might not have realised but raw eggs are actually evident in a lot of foods we’ll have in our kitchens such as salad dressings, ice cream, tiramisu, meringue and mousses .

Luckily, food safety controls have improved so much over the following years that worrying about raw eggs is a thing of the past.

Children, pregnant women and elderly people can safely eat raw eggs as long as they are:

  • Hen’s eggs (eg. not duck or quail eggs)
  • British Lion stamped
  • NOT from outside the UK

How Long Before Eggs Go Out Of Date?

Eggs have a shelf life of 28 days.

If you can’t remember how long you’ve had your eggs – because let’s face it, who on earth can  – then here’s a handy trick to test if they’re safe.

Pop it in a bowl of water and the following will happen

  • It will FLOAT which means it is a BAD EGG
  • It will SINK which means it is a GOOD EGG.

How to tell if eggs are off?

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The Difference Between Egg Whites And Yolks

There are some key nutritional differences between yolks and and egg whites which means differences in health benefits.

Egg whites are low in calories and fat. Although the egg whites make up most of an egg, they actually only contain about a quarter of its calories! Therefore, for people on low calorie diets, just eating the egg whites can aid with weight loss.

Egg whites are also high in protein; containing more than half of egg’s overall protein. The white of one single large egg contains nearly four grams of protein.

On the other hand, egg yolks are rich in vitamins and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin K.

Egg yolks are high in fat – just under 10% of the daily recommended value! However, this is mostly healthy fat: Omega-3 fatty acids which cannot be made my our bodies.

Yolks are also high in cholesterol, notorious for having one of the highest levels of any food. However, recent studies have shown that eating a lot of eggs doesn’t necessarily lead to high cholesterol levels.

Are Eggs Healthy: How To Separate Eggs

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If you’re cooking certain recipes – or looking to lose weight – then you’ll need to separate your eggs. Yet this is no easy feat.

  1. Crack the egg the side of a bowl.
  2. Break the egg over a bowl and tip the yolk from shell to shell so that the white falls into the bowl.
  3. Once all the egg white has dripped off, tip the egg yolk into a separate bowl.

Top Tip: If you get any bits of shell in your bowl, use the half egg shell to tip it out.

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