Health
‘A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg’
02 May, 2013
The most common egg is the hen’s egg, though duck, goose and other fowl eggs are available for consumption in some areas too. The color of the yolk depends on the hen’s diet. Wheat-fed hens will have darker yolks than hens fed by other grasses.
- Eggs are great for the eyes: an egg a day may prevent Macular Degeneration (number one cause of blindness in those over the age 55) and people who eat eggs every day lower risk
of developing cataracts.
- Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin-D. We need vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth.
- One egg contains six grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids.
- Egg may prevent breast cancer.
- Eggs help to grow hair and nails.
- Eggs are good source of low-cost high quality protein.
- One egg is equal to 68 calories.
- Eggs are sources of selenium, iodine, vitamin B2, B5, B12, phosphorus and molybdenum.
- Eating eggs may help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by preventing blood clots .
The Department of Health now says, we can eat as many eggs as we like as long as the form part of a healthy, balanced diet. There is no upper limit unless you have inherited high cholesterol.
Benefits of eating egg yolk:
- More vitamins – the yolk is full of vitamins A, D, E. Vitamin D is especially important as I have already mentioned.
- Increase of testosterone levels. Saturated fat and cholesterol increase testosterone production. Both are heavily present in the egg yolk.
- Twice the protein: eating whole eggs doubles the protein intake you would get eating egg whites.
The professional cooks say that cooking a perfect egg means boiling it six minutes. We know four simplest ways to cook eggs: frying, scrambling, boiling and baking, but at the time of the French Revolution, the clever French already knew 685 different ways of preparing eggs. Did you know that as a hen grows older she produces larger eggs? I would now love to alert children: if you have decided to fry an egg, and suddenly it broke when you take it from refrigerator, sprinkle it heavily with salt for easy clean up and your soiled track will not stay there!
On top of all that, I would like to ask my wonderful readers the perennially unanswered question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? If you have no answer, don’t you worry! What counts here most is not which came first but what kind of an egg diet is the foremost one.
Happy Easter to all of you! Christ is risen! And He is risen indeed!
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