Eggs tend to be a controversial food, especially in terms of nutritional thought. Most people like to eat eggs but they limit their egg intake because they are a source of cholesterol, which can put one at risk for heart disease. However, a study found that the daily consumption of two eggs over a period of four weeks did not increase cholesterol levels, nor did it cause harm to the arteries or their functioning in the circulatory system. The cholesterol content found in eggs is misunderstood, as it is actually an essential substance which our bodies naturally synthesize. The consumption of good cholesterol will balance and reduce the bad cholesterol. Therefore, you can enjoy eating eggs.
Nutritional Content in Eggs
When it comes to nutritional content, eggs are a rich source of protein as well as antioxidants that boost overall health. Eggs also contain choline which aids the regulation of the nervous and cardiovascular system. In addition, eggs are an excellent source of sulfur which helps to build strong hair and nails. Eggs also one of the few natural foods which contain vitamin D, a vitamin which most people are deficient in.
They boast almost every recognized vitamin, excepting vitamin C, and is an especially good source of vitamins B12 and B2 as well as fat soluble vitamin A. It carries an impressive wealth of useful minerals too such as iodine, phosphorus, iron, zinc and selenium, aiding thyroid function, the ability to heal wounds and fend off infection, red blood cell production and bone health. It is rich in omega 3 fatty acids while being relatively low in saturated fats.
Ayurveda and Eggs
Ayurveda believes that food is not classified as either good or bad, but it is judged in relation to one’s body type. The Ayurvedic diet recommends eggs as one of the best foods for Vatas, who tend to be naturally thin and require more protein foods to ground themselves. Pitta and Kapha types can also consume eggs, but they do not require them as much as Vata types. The protein content found in eggs is a better form of protein than that in meat. Fish and chicken are a less oily form of protein, which makes them better suited for Pittas and Kaphas whose constitution already comprises of oil and moisture.
Ayurveda’s perspective is based on balance; instead of forbidding a particular kind of food, think in terms of favoring another type of food. Ayurveda also favors natural, unprocessed foods, which makes eggs a good source of protein and nutrition than a protein bar. According to Ayurveda, eggs should not be consumed along with meat, fish or dairy foods.
Ayurvedic recipes suggest that one’s breakfast should be light, simple and grain-based. However, one can easily make delicious breakfast egg recipes that are in accordance with Ayurvedic principles.
Masala Omelette: Add a simple sprinkle of warm spices that will perk up your day. Try adding a pinch of ground cinnamon, a large pinch of ground ginger, one small pinch of turmeric, sea salt and black pepper to taste. Warm these spices in a dollop of butter, ghee or coconut oil before adding one or two beaten eggs. Serve with chapattis, rye or plain bread.
Spinach and Eggs: Warm a frying pan with some olive oil and a knob of butter until it begins to foam. Add a sliced onion and a handful of spinach leaves, along with a pinch of nutmeg. Cook the spinach and crack in two eggs. Cook until the whites are solid and yolks are runny. If you don’t have spinach, other leaves such as wild rocket, chard and nettles will do just as well.
Mushroom Omelette: Take some mushrooms and add butter, fresh thyme, sea salt and black pepper. Fry until the mushrooms release liquid; soak it up again and allow it to color slightly. Add two beaten eggs and allow them to bubble; garnish with coarse black pepper and serve with chapatis or toasted bread.