The humble egg recently received a much-deserved shove into the spotlight via Michael Ruhlman’s new book, “Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient.”
Ruhlman took a deep dive into the advantages of knowing the almighty egg and its versatility when it comes to making dishes stand out or excel far beyond your the average expectations – think Chawanmushi, and Eggs on Artichoke Hearts With Creamy Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette.
We got so fired up, we wanted to take a crack at a tribute, too! (first pun…sorry)
9 Benefits of the Egg
1. Eggs are a great, natural source of vitamin D.
What’s your vitamin D level? It’s actually an important vitamin in which one billion worldwide are deficient in. According to the latest USDA nutrition data, eggs now contain 41 IU of vitamin D, which is an increase of 64 percent from 2002. The recommended daily allowance (age 1- 70) is 600 IU daily. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to depression, diabetes, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), even psoriasis and asthma.How much vitamin D do *you* need? You can find out your levels with a test that measures 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (a WellnessFX Baseline package covers this). A level of 20 nanograms/milliliter to 50 ng/mL is considered adequate for healthy people. Below 12 ng/mL indicates vitamin D deficiency. Be aware that there is such a thing as too much vitamin D, and everyone needs a different amount.
2. Eggs can help manage aches and pains.
The vitamin D we just discussed above plays an important role in calcium absorption, helping to form and maintain strong bones.
3. Eggs help your muscles.
According to incredibleegg.org, research indicates that high-quality protein, such as the one found in eggs, “may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and aging adults.”
4. Eggs are quick protein/snacks.
A single large egg packs 6 grams of protein – perfect for satiating yourself and staying ahead of your hunger on days where you don’t have time to sit to enjoy your meal. A pot of hard boiled eggs made ahead of time and kept in the fridge = easy to unwrap in the morning, or toss into a work bag, or include in a small cooler for snacks to last you into the workday and beyond.
5. Eggs are cheap.
Divide the price of your eggs by the count in the carton – you are looking at paying mere cents for a healthy, protein-rich source.
6. Eggs can aid in weight loss efforts.
According to incredibleegg.org, the high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel fuller longer and stay energized, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight.Also interesting: A study conducted by Lift resulted in a successful four-week trial of the the 4-Hour Body diet with several thousand participants. 84% of people who stuck to the program lost weight and the average weight loss was 8.6 pounds. Among the habits that correlated strongly with weight loss: Eating a lot of eggs.
7. Eggs taste good.
Yes, this is subjective, but we have yet to meet an omelet we didn’t like…so…we don’t fight it. We love fresh herbs to season things up – dill, italian parsley, or chives, anyone?
8. Eggs provide versatility.
Part of enjoying food (and man, do we enjoy food) is experiencing different textures and flavors. Soft-boiled, deviled, scrambled, in a frittata, or over easy – as Ruhlman points out, you have a lot of options.
9. Eggs make other things awesome.
Bind together turkey meatballs, thicken a soup, top off a BLTA salad, baked on top of chopped and sauteed veggies – the possibilities are endless if you’re creative and resourceful.
We pulled some eggstra (last pun, not sorry) recipes for you to help keep things fresh
- MyHealthyDish’s Turkey Scotch Eggs, Sweet Potato Home Fries with a Poached Egg, Turkey Spinach Egg muffins, and extremely simple Turkey Bacon Egg Cups.
- The Greatist’s Brussels Sprout and Egg Scramble, Roasted Asparagus with Poached Eggs, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata.
- The World According to Eggface’s Bacon and Egg Salad (we loved what it’s served on)
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