With Easter just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about one of my favorite pantry staples: eggs! Over the years eggs have gotten a bad wrap because of their cholesterol content. But studies indicate that cholesterol found in egg yolks and other animal products does not actually increase your blood cholesterol levels, saturated fat does. Dietary recommendations have slowly changed to reflect these findings and the preliminary report for the 2015 dietary guidelines relaeased last month reported that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” Previous 2010 dietary guidelines recommended limiting yolks to one a day, but this looks to be changing in the upcoming 2015 guidelines. Also, when you cut out the yolk, you are also cutting out 1/3 of the protein and most of the vitamins and minerals.
So next time you think about just eating the egg whites, think twice! If you are trying to cut down your daily calorie and fat intake, cut the amount of yolk in half (for example 1 egg plus a second egg white). That way you are getting some of the nutrients without all of the calories.
Here are 10 easy and unique ways to enjoy eggs this easter and everyday, if you wish!