Thinking about my favourite dish – full English breakfast, and trying to imagine it without eggs, pretty much ruins the entire dish. I probably speak for many other people, and not just foodies. I’ve long since been made wise to the negative effects eating eggs can have though, so I do try to limit my egg-intake accordingly.
However, I noticed that many other hearty breakfast alternatives and balanced meal recipes contain eggs as an ingredient. I’ve since learned all about using something like overripe bananas as a replacement binding agent in pancakes to reduce the amount of eggs I consume, along with my family, because most of the disadvantages of eating eggs can be avoided by limiting the consumption of the eggs themselves.
Otherwise there are way more pros than cons to eating eggs, or rather pros which carry a lot more weight and impact than the cons.
Pros of eating eggs
Eggs are such a staple for many of us. Often when we crack one open, we don’t think about just how many nutrients are inside! So however it is you prepare it, each egg you eat nourishes you with 13 essential nutrients. The only one missing is vitamin C! That’s why a glass of OJ often accompanies an egg-based breakfast dish. Also, an egg only has about 80 calories, while it cannot be overlooked that it is mostly eaten for its protein content.
When I actually think about it, I use eggs in tons of dishes that I cook each day. However, I never really think about what they add (or take away!) nutritionally.
A great source of energy
Just like cow’s milk, eggs are designed by Mother Nature to make for a very efficient nutrient-rich, energy bomb in a shell. There’s a lot of debate around whether or not humans should be consuming dairy and eggs, but seeing as I don’t personally have any adverse reactions, I enjoy their benefits.
For a quick burst of all this energy, to be burned off immediately after getting up from the breakfast table, scrambled or fried eggs do the trick. I remember being taught in high school that two hard-boiled eggs are ideal for sustainable energy all morning.
Fighting and preventing disease
By incorporating eggs into your diet, you are equipping your body with nutrients that are effective in preventing diseases. Eggs contain folic acid, among the many other nutrients like vitamin B12. These are associated with strengthening the immune system. So by eating eggs you can help to prevent illnesses.
Cons of eating eggs
High in cholesterol
Any food that’s relatively high in cholesterol is thought to be bad for the health of your heart. The jury still seems to be out on this though. If eggs do contain the high levels of cholesterol they’re associated with, they automatically pose a heart disease threat. Moderation is the key to anything. With eggs, if you don’t consume them in moderation, you might develop some allergies or intolerances. Sometimes going beyond eggs (peanut butter, wheat, etc.).
I like substituting eggs with fish whenever I can. This at least makes for a great replacement source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Eggs are also quite high in sodium for their volume, which can never be good for you.
A teaser, go-to food
You would think that since eggs are so rich in nutrients, they’d be safe enough and even great to eat as a diet staple. That’s a little bit of a trap though, because you simply can’t go crazy with your egg consumption. It’s very easy to go beyond the recommended daily allowance, since this is such as convenient go-to food.
The age old advice applies – everything in moderation. Eggs have plenty of benefits that you can take advantage of. However, I don’t recommend you eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!