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Golden Treasure Within

"A box without hinges, key, or lid,

Yet golden treasure inside is hid."

-The Hobbit

Eggs are one of the most versatile, inexpensive and healthy foods available in the market. But there are some concerns and perhaps misconceptions about eggs that might cause some to hesitate to add eggs to their diet.

So let's cut through some of the myths of eggs. I am not an expert in nutrition. But thanks to the Internet and all the books on nutrition, even someone like me can gather information and make an educated decision for my health.

The myths surrounding eggs, as far as my own experience goes, is that they are high in cholesterol, fat, and will cause heart disease if eaten too often. Other people complain that cooking eggs takes too long in the morning, so that's just not a viable option for them. You can see that the concerns about eggs ranges from health risks to time management. Here is what I have found to be true about eggs. Some of this information is from health journals and websites, but much of it is from my own experience.

Eggs are higher in cholesterol (1 large eggs has 212 mg, which is more than half of the RDA of 300mg) but this cholesterol typically doesn't raise levels in our body. 70% of adults do not suffer a negative effect from an egg's cholesterol. Eggs can raise the good cholesterol. I found this information at, if you would like to read more for yourself.

But here are the benefits that I have found from eating eggs (referring to the entire egg, not just egg whites):

  1. Eggs are not expensive, very versatile, rich in iron, folate, and vitamins

  2. They are quick and easy to cook up in a pan with a small amount of olive oil and vegetables. (The longer cooking times happen when eggs are baked. An egg casserole, quiche, or baked eggs can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes.)

  3. Eggs at breakfast with vegetables are filling, and I don't feel the need to eat a large snack, if any snack at all. This helps in weight management. Less in, less to take off.

  4. Eggs are an excellent source of Protein (6 grams) and healthy fats (5 grams) and only 77 calories.

  5. On the days I am feeling extra hungry, I can make an egg scramble with 2 whole eggs and 2 eggs whites. That is only 264 Calories in eggs and 24 grams of Protein. Not to mention the benefits of all the vegetables I add.

  6. As a Type 1 Diabetic, eggs have become a versatile ingredient which cuts down on Carbohydrates and adds proteins and fats -- both which are key practices to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. For example, I can make "French Toast" without the bread, just making an egg white omelet with thinly sliced apples and cinnamon.

In muffin cups, add a little breakfast sausage or bacon and eggs. Bake until done. Great for snacking!

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