There’s no denying that eggs are tasty. However, when several decades ago eggs were accused of provoking heart disease, many people started to avoid them in their diet. Are eggs really bad for your health?
Medical point of view
When it comes to nutritional value, eggs are in league of their own. A large hardboiled egg that weighs some two ounces contains as many as 13% of the recommended daily intake of protein and lots of selenium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins. Eggs are low in calories and can be easily digested by most people. What’s more, they help you feel full for a long time.
The main drawback to eggs is their high cholesterol content. Eating a large egg means that you consume some two-thirds of the recommended daily cholesterol limit. As there is a direct connection between high blood cholesterol and heart disease, starting from the 1980s doctors have often been recommending that their patients avoid eggs.
Modern studies, however, do not prove that eating eggs is likely to endanger your health. It was shown that consumption of up to one egg a day does not increase heart disease risk. The actual consumption of cholesterol does not necessarily lead to its higher blood level: in fact, saturated fat poses significantly greater threats to health.
However, it is essential that you never consume raw eggs and cook them thoroughly (thus, you should prefer hard-boiled eggs to soft-boiled and eggs over hard to eggs over easy). As raw eggs can easily become contaminated by pathogenic bacteria, always store washed eggs in refrigerator and eat them promptly after cooking.
Culinary point of view
There are numerous fast and easy ways to cook eggs. First of all, you can hard-boil them. Start by dropping the eggs into boiling water; make sure that your eggs are well below the water surface. Leave them for some 10 minutes. Place the eggs in ice water to make peeling easier.
Scrambled eggs are everybody’s favorite food. Crack your eggs, then whisk them. Add some milk and continue whisking. Melt butter or heat oil in a skillet and pour the eggs into the frying pan. Stir the eggs as they cook to desired consistency.
To cook eggs over hard you need to heat oil (or melt butter) in a skillet and crack your eggs into the skillet so that the yolk looks like a bright sun. Wait four or five minutes and flip the eggs when their edges get brown. Wait another two or three minutes until the yolk is completely cooked.
Although many people confuse ‘regular’ scrambled eggs with an omelet, there several differences between them. First, you can cook an omelet using only egg whites (this means no fats and no cholesterol). Second, to cook an omelet you should whisk your eggs (or whites) with pepper, salt and seasonings. You also need to sauté fillings like peppers or chopped onions and pour the eggs over them. Omelet is usually served folded over in half over the fillings, while frittata – another popular egg dish – is normally left open-faced.