the great egg debate

What’s Crackin’?

The debate over eggs, that’s what.

This high strung debate has been going on for decades! For one study saying they’re good for you, there’s another study saying they’re bad.

There’s so much noise around this subject so let’s look at some pros, cons, and fun facts.

Egg Pros:

  • Rich in choline*
  • Naturally contain vitamin D
  • Possess a variety of vitamins and minerals

*Too much choline can give breath, urine, sweat, saliva, and vaginal secretions an odor resembling rotten fish.

Egg Cons:

  • 0g fiber
  • Rich in cholesterol*
  • May increase your risk of cardiovascular disease

*Eggs are the number one source of cholesterol in the American diet (I have this study to cite)

Fun Facts:

  • It takes 26-34 hours for an egg to be fully formed
  • A hen’s reproductive system is sensitive to light, which is why they usually don’t lay eggs in the dark
  • You CAN eat fertilized chicken eggs (I was curious about this one bc I cracked open several fertilized eggs in my days on the farm)
  • Eggs can’t be labeled “healthy” or “nutritious” or “good for you” because of their saturated fat and cholesterol levels
  • In the US, 9 billion baby chickens (males and females) are raised and killed for food each year (50 billion worldwide)

Egg alternatives and substitutes:

For Baking:

  • applesauce
  • sweet potato
  • flax meal or chia seed egg
  • black beans,
  • mashed banana

Takeaway:

  • Eggs are NOT a necessary component to a healthy diet
  • There are many plant-based alternatives to eggs
  • All nutrients found in eggs can be found in other foods (and the sun)
  • If you insist on buying eggs, please support a local farmer rather than the egg industry/grocery store

What are your thoughts on eggs or the egg industry?

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