Are Eggs Healthy Or Should We Be Steering Clear?!
We’ve Investigated 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 them.
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 one egg a 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?
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.
Are Eggs Bad For Your Cholesterol Levels?
Cholesterol is bad for us as high cholesterol levels increases our risk of heart disease.
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! Just eat less eggs.
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
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.
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