We live in exciting* times. Somewhere around the beginning of the 20th century, Western society commenced its emergence from the ovo-dark ages of evil yolks and sad egg white omelettes. And all I can say is thank f**k.
* denotes narrowly avoided egg pun.
I eat quite a lot of eggs. You could say I’m egg dependent.
Since I started eating less red meat, eggs have really come swinging into my life as the protein hero.Garlic stir-fried greens with coconut oil fried eggs, poached eggs on spelt toast with lashings and lashings of high-quality butter.
The Sunday night fritatta that lasts all week. Those little boiled eggs from the fridge that resolve those last minute breakfast emergencies.
So lets talk about what an exceptional* food they are. Nutritionally, let’s think of it this way- Not to be too graphic, but one egg contains all of the nutrients required to create a new life: folate, selenium, phosphorus, Vitamins A and E, Omega 3 and B vitamins, including choline (brain food, cell membrane building – not many of us get enough of this one).
Eggs are high in cholesterol, but are not shown to increase blood cholesterol in most people. Eggs contain HDL (good cholesterol – the Glinda of cholesterols – which can help defend against heart disease and stroke).
The quality of your eggs has been shown to have a notable impact on their nutritional content. Which makes sense, right? After all- It was the hen’s diet and environment which created the building blocks for the cells that made your eggs.
Stress, dodgy non-grass-and-worms feed, antibiotics and a lack of free movement are all contributors to poorer quality eggs.If you’ve ever felt confused about the real difference between conventional, free-range, omega-3-enriched, cage-free and organic, very cool lifestyle site ‘Wake The Wolves’ has this great guide to what each classification represents nutritionally.
The primary takeaway I got from their post? Good eggs = good nutrition.
My veg guy delivers 6 eggs to me each week from their local egg man. They are brown, irregularly shaped, marigold-yolked beauties that I know came from hens who ran around in a field pecking at worms and squinting at the sun. They cost me £2.25. That’s just over 37p per egg. Not such a huge price to pay for a nutritional protein powerhouse, don’t you think?
Pretty damn excellent* really.