Welcome back to the second edition of Thinking Tuesday! Make sure you check out week 1 here.
Today I want to start with a little chat about eggs.
Yes, the incredible, edible egg. Remember those commercials? Eggs are a on-again-off-again health food. Eat eggs! They are a healthy, inexpensive source of protein. Eat the yolks and the white.
Cholesterol. That's what you're thinking. Eggs are notorious cholesterol villians.
We have all heard bad things cholesterol in an egg yolk. True, an egg yolk analytically speaking has 215mg of cholesterol. HOWEVER, biologically speaking your body will not absorb those 215mg of cholesterol and implant them in your arteries.
So you can eat eggs and enjoy their amazing benefits without fear of cholesterol ... UNLESS .... UNLESS .... you eat your eggs scrambled.
Yeah- this is where it gets hairy.
The cholesterol is in the yolk. Right? Well when you boil, poach, fry, or have an egg over easy what happens to the yolk? It stays intact. You don't break it.
What happens to the yolk when you scramble an egg?
You break the yolk. There's the problem.
When you break the yolk, that allows the cholesterol to be exposed to more air and heat than the other cooking methods. That air and heat cause the cholesterol in the scrambled eggs to oxidize way before you eat them.
Cholesterol that has already been oxidized, prior to digestion, has a higher risk of contributing to atherosclerosis.
According to my professor, if you scramble eggs at home and eat them relatively soon after, there is less risk. The most harmful scrambled eggs come from those that have been scrambled and frozen or freeze-dried. Or if they were made in a hotel/cafeteria setting and sat out further oxidizing.
Not to be an egg Debbie Downer, but this article blew my mind. I guess I will be learning how to make "dippy eggs" ASAP.
|It's dippy du jour now!|
I had some more "thinking" facts to share with you...but...that was a lot to handle. How about a Thinking Thursday mid-week fact session? I don't want to turn into a boring, facto blog!
|Mom, all this science is for the birds. Wait- I love birds. Are there birds?|
Love and yolks,
Carissa & Kyle