People have been advised by professionals in the medical field to avoid eggs for decades because of the high cholesterol content. Nutritional studies have shown that eggs also provide an excellent source of protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, beneficial fatty acids and other important nutrition compounds.
Cholesterol is an important compound crucial for cell membrane structure, and production of steroid hormones and bile acid required for healthy digestion. A wellness group with the University of California reported findings that suggest only 15% to 25% of the population may have sensitivity to cholesterol intake.
This has the full array of amino acids and is considered the most perfect protein on the planet.  Amino acids are important for healthy immune system and metabolism and lean body tissue development. One entire large egg contains 6 grams of high quality protein and is a good source of protein for vegetarians who eat egg products (1). These essential fatty acids contribute to brain function, cardiovascular health, and immune support. The egg white contains biotin inhibitor…so eating straight egg whites can lead to biotin deficiencies. Bioactive compounds are the most active ingredients with the most profound effect on human functionality. Carotenoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that play a role in the central nervous system and are responsible for eye and vision wellness. Partly due to diets lacking in a colorful array of vegetables, lack of this key nutrient is linked to macular degeneration and cataract formation leading to vision loss.  A study published by the Journal of Alzheimers Disease released in 2014 that the lack of carotenoid intake is linked to cognitive function observed by Alzheimer’s patients (23).
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two types of carotenoids and are an essential dietary component because the body’s tissue does not create these compounds on its own.
The choline content alone in egg yolks is one reason why pregnant women supplement their diet with eggs. Eggs are one of the best foods to consume for brain, hormonal and immune health.  Unfortunately, many individuals do struggle with immune sensitivities to eggs.  Be sure you are tolerating them well and they will be a nutritional powerhouse for you! Here are a few nutrients that support your hormones and help you to burn fat and build healthy lean body tissue.
Also responsible for the vitamin and mineral transportation, riboflavin and iron are two other nutrients found in trace amounts in both egg white and egg yolk. Professional boxers who train for optimal fitness may have reason to drink raw egg in protein shakes. Depending on its origin, eggs provide a nutritive source of three types of fatty acids: ?-Linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid EPA. Nutritionist and the medical community alike agree that EPA and DHA are linearly correlated to cardiac function and a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is recommended worldwide. Strive for efficiency and the highest profit margin for egg distributors has adversely affected the quality of eggs. Scientific literature analyzes the various strategies for egg production that may be associated with nutritive content and include both environmental factors and a laying hen’s diet. A 2014 study performed by the National Institute of Animal Sciences in Korea analyzed egg quality variations in three different housing environments: aviary, barn and conventionally cage raised chickens (19). Low standards on the welfare of hens have caused rising concern from animal welfare advocate groups and include scrutiny from animal welfare laws regulating cage-based housing system requirements. Access to pasture is a key factor that can eliminate the need for methionine supplementation (14). Still up for debate in the United States is the need for supplementing hens with the trace element, selenium (Se).
Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like compounds derived from legumes such as soy and are referred to as endocrine disrupters. Isoflavones, lignans and coumestans are the three primary categories of phytoestrogens.  These chemical compounds mimic different hormone activity dependent on when it is metabolized in the human body (10). A team of researchers published a study first of its kind in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in 2008 analyzing the phytoestrogen content of eggs among other animal food products and vegetarian substitutes (10). According to their data, eggs contained above average phytoestrogen content in comparison to the different types of food groups from animal origin. As suspected, soy-based food products had higher phytoestrogen content upwards of 500 times more than its opposing counterpart. A 2014 study observed health advantages when hens are fed a low-fiber sunflower meal diet as the primary source of protein (7). Poultry Science published another experiment with conclusions that support the substitution of a soy based diet for a non-soy protein source. The Cornucopia Institute is a non-profit organization designed to inspire marketplace activism by empowering consumers with knowledge (12).
Ranging from a “5-egg” to a “1-egg” rating, the producer’s score is dependent on the quality of hen laying housing conditions, compliance in meeting USDA expectations and organic standards, as well as the organization’s transparency in releasing information surrounding their egg production practices.
The Cornucopia Institute released a report titled “Scrambled Eggs” in 2010 bringing to light the differences from egg production in factory farms versus organic agriculture (13). Eggs produced from pastured, organic eggs consuming a soy-free diet have the greatest nutrition.
Human health is enhanced by these factors which provide protection from chronic and infectious disease related to antimicrobial activity, anticancer, antioxidant, nutrient bioavailability, etc. If not consuming organic, benefits are still reaped from eating pasture raised eggs free of antibiotics and GMO based soy products.
When shopping the marketplace, purchasing eggs with higher standards in farming practices is a step towards a more nutritive egg.
Eggs are one of the richest sources of bioactive nutrients that enhance hormone function, reduce inflammation, improve fat-burning and enhance brain function.
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We also learned that once we stabilize our blood sugar levels by making sound food choices, we will be able to maximize fat burning and prevent disease in our body.


Today we are going to take a look at the Glycemic Index as a helpful tool in making healthier food choices. The Glycemic Index or (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrate foods based on how quickly they raise our sugar levels (blood glucose levels).
Choosing low to medium (GI) carbohydrate foods  – the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels is the “key” to long-term health by reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes. You can switch to eating a lower GI diet by simply swapping out high GI carbs for low GI carbs.
Find out some great ideas for swapping out high GI foods for low GI foods at the Harvard Health Publication along with some other helpful tips and  information. If you haven’t already done so I warmly invite you to read my articles on creating a balanced meal plan, the green light nutritional program and high energy foods and their healing properties for making healthier food choices. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to read my article on this very subject! I agree that the GI is a great tool for making healthier food choices based on our individual body requirements. I agree with you that the Glycemic Index is another wonderful tool in helping people make better food choices since all carbohydrates are not considered equal in how they affect our sugar levels.
When a person reads over the all the different foods on the GI and all their different ratings it really is an eye opener. The GI is a great tool for making better food selections but I still pay attention to my own body wisdom beyond all else to lead the way!
I bet most people have no idea how many dis-eases they can regulate with diet and therefore stop taking meds. My Father got off of cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood sugar regulating meds ALL with diet and he is in his early 80’s. Like most shifts, the changes begin almost immediately and then continue to good health, in body, in mind, in Spirit, in your life and relationships and everything. We can either overdose on the steady diet of unhealthy food that will cause illness or we can enjoy a healthy prescription of foods that contain all the nutrients our bodies need to heal itself. Virtually ALL foods have drug-like effects that can either improve our health or damage it.
I am so grateful that your father was able to get off all his meds by simply changing his diet for the better. And believe me, my Father or myself, neither one deprive ourselves of anything or follow any rigid strict diet. I’ve always said, do those things now that you plan on continuing for the rest of your life. Your methods align with my ideas of taking small steps and getting better and better and better and better until being BETTER is just a habit! If we would all just work on getting better and better and better until being BETTER is a “habit” then we would all be BETTER!! Years ago, when I was told I had maybe 6 months to live and there was absolutely NOTHING they could do about it, I decided right then I was going to live a great life until I died.
I was already the type of person to jump into things but if I had any hesitations left in me, this got rid of them. Well, I got better and better until 10 years later, I finally at the strong insistence of my family went to a M.D.
I’m not advising that people go off their meds either but when a person incorporates, moderate exercise, healthy eating and a positive mind-set – MIRACLES Happen!!! The need for the provision of healthy school meals cannot be stressed enough considering that by eating a healthy breakfast, break and midday lunch this will ensure better levels of concentration and behaviour.
Whilst it is important to provide nutritious meals we know that they must also appeal to our pupils. This summer Soup Cafe introduced the "Avocado Boat" on our "Spring into Summer" seasonal menu. Only recently cholesterol poses a problem despite arguments that it has been available in the human diet for millions of years. Does the medical field really believe the numerous benefits do not outweigh the risk of cholesterol consumption?
Clinical trials have not provided evidence that egg intake by healthy individuals raises the risk of coronary heart disease.
Americans consume an estimated 278 mg of dietary cholesterol daily of which 24.6% of intake can be traced to egg origin.
Aside from those that may have sensitivity such as type 2 diabetics, the majority of the population is minimally impacted by cholesterol in food. Egg protein is particularly good for individuals with gout because it does not contain purine (22). Biotin helps to metabolize fats and carbohydrates into energy and promotes healthy hair, nails and skin.
One study released in 2005 provided that eggs contain 18 vitamins and minerals, some of which are commonly deficient in the western diet. Carotenoids are required for vitamin A production, assist in neural retina function and provide protective macular pigment (responsible for field of vision in the center of the eye).
Specifically, aside from being found in the yolk of eggs, lutein and zeaxanthin are naturally occurring in dark leafy greens. Lecithin provides cellular support and aids in the secretion of bile which prevents the buildup of stones in the bladder.
Phosvitin is a protein that traps and removes iron ions, or in other words behaves as an antioxidant in detoxifying the body of metals.
The fictional character of Rocky Balboa appeared to foster his muscle mass increase by consuming multiple raw eggs with a dreaded guzzle. These compounds provide the necessary building blocks for protein synthesis, especially in skeletal muscles, and make eggs a good source of total nutrition.


Fatty acids are essential in human development from conception through all of life’s stages. Instead of wondering whether brown or white shelled eggs are better for health, which by the way is an irrelevant factor, concern yourself with the farming practices in how the eggs are produced. Researchers found a significantly higher shell thickness in aviary eggs and a higher quantity of dirty eggs from those obtained by caged chickens.
Methionine deficiency causes improper toe growth, bare spots, improper feathering and feather pecking.
Of course, providing sufficient requirements to meet the needs of pasture raised hens receiving approved organic diets is costly and employs a larger human element to hand collect eggs. Eggs are a nutritious source of this antioxidant but further scientific data is needed in order to determine the total cause and effect for concentration of selenium in laying hens. Given the history of other seemingly healthy supplements having a negative impact on human health, Se-enriched eggs should also be questioned. In the United States, most soy is genetically modified which raises concern for even greater health risks. Unfortunately, the cheap and conventional food production industry relies heavily on genetically modified soy based nutrition for its laying hens.
The team found that isoflavones are most highly concentrated in the egg yolk and originate from hens housed in barns, not cages (15). Only milk products were recorded to have a slightly higher phytoestrogen content and with cheese ranking the highest. Research concluded that the high phytoestrogen content is primarily derived from soy based food additives and poses human health concern. Results indicated that this approach reduces total cholesterol concentration by increasing the beneficial HDL cholesterol and reducing harmful LDL cholesterol levels. The reduction of circulating cholesterol concentrations and increased beta-carotene were positively influenced from replacing soybean meal with a low-fiber alfalfa meal (8). The Institute provides a list of egg producers including their market locations and ratings.
Despite the obvious benefits for the welfare of the hens argued by animal rights activists, the report summarized the dietary nutritional superiority in organic, pastured eggs.
These eggs have at least double the vitamin E content,  twice as much omega-3 fatty acids, 33% less cholesterol, 25% less saturated fat and 66% increased vitamin A (13).
Individuals notice an improvement in the taste of quality eggs and benefit from purchasing local eggs from trusted sources at farmer’s markets. Unless you have an immune sensitivity to them (lab test) or feel tired, have to clear your throat, feel inflamed, etc. Exploring the Factors That Affect Blood Cholesterol and Heart Disease Risk: Is Dietary Cholesterol as Bad for You as History Leads Us to Believe?
Impact of commercial housing systems and nutrient and energy intake on laying hen performance and egg quality parameters. Effect of feeding low-fiber fraction of air-classified sunflower (Helianthus annus L.) meal on laying hen productive performance and egg yolk cholesterol.
Phytoestrogen Content of Foods of Animal Origin: Dairy Products, Eggs, Meat, Fish and Seafood. Comparison of Aviary, Barn and Conventional Cage Raising of Chickens on Laying Performance and Egg Quality. It is important to follow this Glycemic Index.Thanks for posting such an informative blog post.
Our focus should not just be on avoiding the “bad” foods but nourishing our body temple with the “good” foods. Joseph’s Grammar School we are committed to ensuring that our pupils are provided with nutritious and appealing meals and snacks.
More importantly  by providing wholesome meals you will be less likely to snack on unhealthy food choices which can result  in you feeling tired and sluggish and contribute to weight gain. Among metabolism promoting factors, choline is of essential importance in brain development. Leucine also inhibits muscle atrophy and may allow for a longer sustained period of muscle mass. Consumers are spoon fed unsupported health claims but the food industry and the lack of consumer knowledge only feeds manufactures higher profits.
The apprehension of consumers to purchase soy based products is validated by an increasing amount of evidence.
Researchers from the organization release their criteria, points earned, and comments for the specific distributors in effort to provide consumer awareness. Eric Sideman serves on the Maine Organics Farmers and Growers Association suggest dietary methionine to be sourced from alfalfa, sunflower, or fish meal as well as whole wheat or oats.
I eat quite a lot of potatoes, because I can’t eat wheat so tend to use them as a substitute.
Natural sources of methionine are derived from foraging or eating bugs and worms in the natural outdoors.
Lipid profile in eggs of Araucana hens compared with Lohmann Selected Leghorn and ISA Brown hens given diets with different fat sources.
We keep only a limited supply of avocados on hand and replenish our avocado supply every morning to ensure freshness.



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