Are Eggs An Egg-cellent Choice...
The humble egg is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s packed with high quality protein, as well as 11 powerful vitamins and minerals. It is one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol, however, and this fact makes some wonder if this cholesterol makes all this nutritional goodness come undone…
In the past, researchers, doctors, and dietitians alike have urged caution in the consumption of dietary cholesterol. The thinking goes a little like this: high blood cholesterol levels are connected to heart disease, therefore reducing intake of cholesterol from our diet should reduce blood cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. Containing approximately 200mg of cholesterol per egg, this is where eggs began to take a beating as people began turning away from eggs in an effort to improve their health
There's just one problem... it turns out dietary cholesterol has very limited impact on blood cholesterol levels. You see, nutrition is a science, and as a science, it requires evidence. It just so happens that in the years since the 'avoid cholesterol' advice, the evidence has led us in a different direction and we now know that saturated fats found naturally in animal fat, as well as added to processed foods, turn out to be much more detrimental to blood cholesterol levels
Unfortunately, the 'eggs contain cholesterol and are bad for our hearts' myth has prevailed in the public mind and the damage is proving hard to undo. As the cholesterol in eggs is found in the yolk, this has led to the popularity of consuming only the egg-white. Surely this is the perfect solution? You'll get the benefit of all the great protein in the white and none of the cholesterol in the yolk. Sure, except all those great nutrients and healthy fats are also found in the yolk so you'll be missing out on those too.
At The Academy, we truly believe that eggs are the ultimate breakfast food. The protein and healthy fats combo are a sure-fire hunger busting mix. On top of this, we strongly encourage our athletes to consume a quality source of protein at all meals to support muscle recovery and growth, and of all protein sources eggs are the highest quality. No, really, eggs are typically used as the standard for comparing the quality of other proteins!
The Heart Foundation has provided a recommendation of 6 eggs per week, and we have no issues with a daily egg habit. Instead, it’s best to focus on the foods consumed alongside eggs. The typical 'fry-up' with high saturated fat sides of bacon, sausages and hash browns isn't a winning combination and is best saved for special occasions. On the other hand, creating a balanced (& delicious!) breakfast by making use of sides such as wholemeal bread, avocado, baked beans and veggies like spinach, tomato and mushroom sets up for a perfect start to the day.
If there's one nutrition question that refuses to die, it’s about the connection between eggs and heart health. At The Academy, we love the nutritional punch eggs pack and are proud to support a daily egg habit. Eggs, yolk and all, truly are an egg-cellent breakfast food ;)