Wellfie Wednesday Guest Blog Post: Egg-cellent or Egg-stra Dangerous!

Wellfie Wednesday Guest Blog Post: Egg-cellent or Egg-stra Dangerous?

Hello all, F Scott Feil, PT, DPT here and I am so thankful and excited to be writing a guest blog post for the Wellfie Wednesday Crew. I use their blog as the basis for my Wednesday blog posts on PTEducator.com because they generally always have a good tip on there. So without further ado my blog post is entitled: Wellfie Wednesday Guest Blog Post: Egg-cellent or Egg-stra Dangerous?

Wellfie Wednesday Guest Blog Post: Egg-cellent or Egg-stra Dangerous?
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One of the difficulties I found when trying to get healthy was all of the conflicting information out in the world. The internet has become a great resource for those trying to live a healthy lifestyle, but you have to do your research. One week butter is good for you, the next week it is bad for you. One week avocados are the devil, the next week they are a savior. At the end of the day, you have to do your own research and figure out why a particular food source may have benefits or risks, and make your own well informed decision as to whether or not you are going to consume said food item.

So Are Eggs Good For You or Bad For You?

One of my initial quandry’s led me to the question of whether or not eggs were good for you or bad for you. It turns out that eggs are a nutrient-dense food. They are a high-quality protein source, meaning all nine essential amino acids that can’t be made by humans can be found in eggs. The protein in eggs can be helpful in building and preserving muscle mass which is important for weight control.
Eggs are also a good source of vitamin D and the nutrient choline, which has been shown to help protect against infantile birth defects. Eggs also contain vitamin A, vitamin B12, riboflavin (B2) and the antioxidant selenium, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to have links to healthy eyesight.
Most the calories, vitamins and minerals in an egg are are located in the yolk. But what about the cholesterol in eggs? It is true that eggs are high in dietary cholesterol. That is also mainly found in the yolk. However eggs are low in saturated fat, which turns out to be the bigger culprit when it comes to raising blood cholesterol levels.

ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:

The thing regarding eggs that will likely affect your health most is how the eggs are prepared. Also it depends which other foods you combine with them. I used to eat 3 eggs scrambled, on a hero, bacon, sausage, ham, salt, pepper, ketchup (approximately 1100 calories). One large poached egg has 71 calories and 2 grams of saturated fat. An omelet made with spinach and one yolk is also a more lean choice. So feel free to enjoy eggs, but be mindful of how you prepare them. And as always, balance eggs with other healthy fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

F Scott Feil is the founder and owner of PTEducator.com, a website aimed at increasing the public’s health literacy through a daily blog. He is also the co-host of The Healthcare Education Transformation Podcast and The Fantasy Doctors NBA Podcast.

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