You know by now that the whole “eggs are bad for you because of cholesterol” thing is a myth, right? Except for extreme cases, an egg a day is perfectly healthy and it brings with it omega 3 fat, high protein and brain-protecting choline. These are all critical nutrients for a growing brain and body and then they become just as critical for your aging one.
These days, though, you can spread your wings and try more than the run-of-the mill hen variety. Check these other options out:
- Farmers markets are springing up with eggs from pheasant, guinea fowl, partridge and duck. These birds will often chase and eat bugs, scratch in the gardens, spread their wings out in the sunshine or fly up and perch in a tree which provides them a broader variety of nutrients.
- Quail eggs are tiny, pretty additions to any dish and they are said to be more concentrated in nutrients. Maybe they’re an expensive choice for an omelet recipe, but chefs suggest their use as a garnish.
- Duck eggs are more widely available in specialty shops and higher end grocers. They are a richer and larger version of the chicken egg. The yolks are buttery and contain more Omega 3 than others.
- Omega 3 enriched eggs are actually better for you. Chickens can convert the oils in flax into the all important brain nutrient DHA better than humans. So, if you ate the flax, it may or may not make it to your brain but if the chicken does and you eat the egg, it has a better chance.
Adding whole eggs to kids’ diets is simple, even if they don’t enjoy the usual sunny side up egg. Double up in pancakes and reduce the milk, try them every which way; boiled, soft or hard, scrambled, omelet, quiche or frittatas are very versatile.
About the Author:
Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com