There are so many techniques to cook eggs: you can mix them, mingle them, hard boil them, and more. There are also many myths about eggs’ advantage and the negative effects they can cause.
16. People who have high cholesterol shouldn’t eat eggs.
For a long period of time, people with high cholesterol had been advised to prohibit certain items that could definitely increase it. Eggs are also in the list of prohibited foods. Yes, yolks contain more fat and cholesterol than the whites do. But not all fats are bad and so-called good cholesterol doesn’t always increase the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.
15. You shouldn’t eat yolks if you want to lose weight.
Some people don’t eat yolks because they’re scared of getting fat because of this. In fact, yolks contain extra protein and other useful elements such as vitamin D that add to calcium absorption. They also contain choline that ensures good liver function.
These substances, as well as lutein which is useful for our eyes, are absent in egg whites. The American Heart Association claims that 1 egg a day can easily be a part of a healthy diet. Experiments prove that eating 1 egg for breakfast (instead of a pastry) decreases the amount of food you eat and thus, the number of calories you take.
14. Raw eggs are healthier than boiled ones.
Some people eat raw eggs to grow muscles, improve their voice, or reduce stomach acid. The risk of getting salmonellosis is really low: only 1 egg out of 30,000 is usually infected. But a raw egg’s value is rather overrated. Raw egg whites aren’t digested as well as cooked ones and biotin (vitamin B7) absorption can become blocked.
Thermal processing reduces a certain amount of useful substances such as potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, and B5. It’s not recommended to eat raw eggs, but if you need them as an ingredient, choose those that were treated to destroy salmonella.
13. There are only white or brown eggs
Chicken eggs can be different, but we usually only see brown and white ones. The color of the shell depends on the breed: Leghorn chickens have white eggs and Rhode Island chickens have brown eggs. Some breeds (like the Araucana, Ameraucana, and others) have blue or green eggs.
The color depends on the pigment: protoporphyrin makes the shell brown and biliverdin makes it blue and green. The chickens’ diet also matters: if a hen doesn’t get enough amino acids, the shell will be dull. But it doesn’t affect the quality of the egg.