No television, no electronic games, so, many of my childhood pleasures came from nature and everyday life. Watching my dad milk our goat Daisy was one of them. My favorite pass time as a child was watching a hen lay an egg. Fascinating to me as a little girl to watch that egg slowly appear! I would gently take the still warm egg and slowly and carefully walk, so that I would not trip and fall, and carry it into the house. I would then place it in the bowl with the other eggs. Our eggs were never refrigerated.
Eggs were a staple for breakfast, hard boiled, soft boiled, fried, sunny side up (that was my brother’s favourite) scramble, omelette, casserole. This was served with ham and bacon, toast and good old New Zealand table butter. As a child I never had pancakes. I thought they were only served on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) until I came to America and was introduced to IHop.
Making every meal from scratch my mom used eggs every day. To bake, make custards, as a batter for frying and wherever the use of egg was appropriate.
I was fed eggs and always believed they were good for me but never knew how good. Did you know that one large egg contains the following nutrients?
Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA.
Folate: 5% of the RDA.
Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA.
Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA.
Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA.
Selenium: 22% of the RDA.
Eggs also contain Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc.
A chicken develops from an egg because the egg contains all of the nutrients to make that possible.
Egg yolks are also a rich source of lutein and zeaxanthin, a class of carotenoids which provide protection from macular degeneration
Eggs also contain L’Trypothan and L’Tyrosine. Two amino acids that help protect the heart.
L-tryptophan Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which is not made by the body and must be supplied by diet.
Tryptophan is used by the body to make niacin a B vitamin that is important for digestion, skin and nerves and Serotonin a brain chemical that plays a large role in mood and can help to create a feeling of well-being and relaxation. The body needs tryptophan to produce Serotonin, a hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycles
Tyrosine is a non essential amino acid and is used by the body to synthesize protein.
Eggs are Bad
You are probably wondering if this is true why people say that eggs are bad for you and cause high cholesterol. Yes, there is high cholesterol content in eggs but this does not mean that if you eat the eggs that you would get elevated cholesterol.
The International Journal of Cardiology published research which showed that healthy adults who ate eggs every day did not have increase risk of endothelial dysfunction ( increased cardiac risk) nor did it increase cholesterol levels.
Eggs are high in quality fats, an excellent source of protein and contain the essential amino acids in the correct ratios so our bodies can synthesize the protein in them.
I eat organic eggs because they are not fed GMO corn with high levels of pesticide which can accumulate in the chicken and the egg.
The USA Department of Agriculture nutrient data for commercial eggs and free range hens, raised on a pasture, were tested in 2007 and Mother Earth news reported that the free range eggs typically had:
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 1/4 lesssaturated fats
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 7 times more Beta Carotene
Like my Mummy’s eggs, if you purchase fresh organic eggs and will eat them in a short space of time they do not need to be refrigerated.
You gain the most nutritional value from your egg when they are raw. Otherwise you may lightly cook them by soft boiling, poaching or like my brother sunny side up. Enjoy