Eggs are a food that everyone has in their fridge. They are packed with protein and they are relatively inexpensive. Eggs are also quite a versatile food. You can scramble, boil, poach, fry, or even make an omelette.
One egg contains roughly 6g of protein and all the essential amino acids for healthy bodily function. Eggs also contain 5g of healthy fats as well as 13 vitamins and minerals. All of this results in a total of 70 calories.
Now with all these benefits there are obviously going to be doubters and several myths that come about. Let’s take a closer look at these egg related myths.
The most common myth is in regards to the yolk. For a long time people were told to avoid egg yolks because of the fat and cholesterol content. Eating the yolk could result in high blood pressure and heart disease.
This opinion has since changed and studies show that eating one egg yolk a day has had no effect on cholesterol levels. Our liver actually produces cholesterol and slows this production when we consume foods like egg yolks. This allows for the body to balance healthy cholesterol levels.
We’ve probably all seen a bodybuilder or even an actor slug down some raw eggs. However it’s heavily debated whether or not you could contract salmonella from doing so.
Folks that consume raw eggs usually do so for convenience sake. It’s also worth noting that raw eggs are used in dishes like mayonnaise, mousse, protein bars, custard, and ice-cream.
Eating raw eggs usually comes down to personal preference. Most people can’t drink them regardless of whether it’s safe or not.
Brown Eggs > White Eggs
Our parents used to tell us that brown eggs were packed with nutrients in comparison to regular white eggs. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this is another myth that needs to go away.
The color of the egg has nothing to do with its nutritional value. Egg color depends on the breed of the hen.
Eggs That Float in Water are Unsafe to Eat
People say that eggs that float aren’t safe to eat, while eggs that submerge are safe. The truth is that the eggs that float are older than the one that settles to the bottom.
Buoyancy is the reason for why an egg floats. Eggs have an air cell inside the shell. This pocket enlarges as time goes by making it buoyant, thus, having the ability to float in water.
Lastly, to know if an egg is consumable or not, you have to crack it open and check the smell and color. If it emits a foul odor paired with a color that isn’t normal then it’s time to discard them.
There you have it. These are some of the most popular egg myths out there. Is there another popular egg myth that we failed to address? Let us know in the comments below!