Eggs + Cholesterol: The Great Debate
I hear it over and over again from clients - I can't eat eggs because I have high cholesterol.
Well, poor eggs have gotten a bad rap and the two actually have nothing to do with each other. Your body needs cholesterol to function -- and believe it or not -- you make more on your own than in the food you eat.
One large egg contains 185 milligrams of cholesterol, which is 62% of the daily recommended amount. So yes, eggs have cholesterol, however, we do not increase our cholesterol by eating cholesterol. Shocker, right?! We increase cholesterol by eating processed flours, sugars, and fats. Just another reason why a clean eating lifestyle is the way to go!
Not to mention that eggs are a nutritional powerhouse -- loaded with protein, vitamin D, and choline. Just make sure you opt for the pasture-raised, free-range variety (you want those bright yellow yolks and chickens that feed on grass + bugs).
So how do you like your eggs? My favorite ways are scrambled with a side of avocado for breakfast, hard boiled with salt and pepper as an afternoon snack, or as a frittata using up leftover veggies for dinner.
P.S. Want the perfect soft-boiled egg recipe? Erin Parekh has the method here!