How To Prepare Your Eggs (Why You Are Probably Eating Them The Worst Way Possible)
Go to any breakfast restaurant and 9 times out of 10 you’ll see someone ordering scrambled eggs. “How would you like your eggs?” “Scrambled!”. I’m here to tell you that scrambled eggs are the WORST way to eat eggs, I’ll explain in more detail below.
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One thing a lot of people like to do is eat the egg whites only, especially people who are trying to “lose weight”. When you eat the whites only you can actually create a biotin deficiency. Most people who do this usually don’t consume the yolk because they think that it will raise their cholesterol, give them heart disease and kill them; this is inaccurate (you’ll learn below).
So how does this biotin deficiency happen? There’s a substance called avidin in egg whites which strongly binds on to the biotin, which is also known as vitamin b7 or vitamin h. It turns out that when this process happens your body cannot absorb it, which is how you create a deficiency.
Some of the symptoms of a biotin deficiency are hair thinning, brittle nails, hair loss, lack of appetite, it affects growth, and also dermatitis. Now doesn’t all of that sound just lovely?
Scramble Your Good Health Away
When you eat scrambled eggs you are setting yourself up for some health problems. The process of cooking scrambled eggs oxidizes the cholesterol in the yolk, also the iron that is in the yolk further oxidizes the cholesterol. You want to avoid this because our blood vessels don’t have receptors for cholesterol but they do have receptors for oxidized cholesterol. What does this mean? This means that you could eat as many raw eggs as you’d like and it would not affect your cholesterol in any way, but it’s when you introduce it to heat is when you start getting problems with your cholesterol and potentially heart disease.
When you heat eggs up, or any foods for that matter, it affects their nutritional value. In eggs there are two highly perishable nutrients called lutein and zeaxanthin that are destroyed when you cook the eggs. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that play a crucial role in eye health, antioxidants in general play a huge rule in our overall health, two of it’s bigger roles are the prevention of cancer and heart disease.
So definitely don’t scramble your eggs especially if you already have cholesterol issues as this can and probably will make matters worse.
What Is The Best Way To Eat Eggs?
You are not going to like the answer but you’ve probably already guessed it; the best way to consume eggs are raw. The whole thing, the whites, the yolk, uncooked. I know, I know that sounds disgusting.
A lot of people are convinced that the cholesterol in our diet will affect the cholesterol in our bodies but this is not the case at all.
I personally think eating raw eggs are disgusting, so I just crack 3-4 open everyday and throw them in my Shakeology shake. Honestly, I don’t even taste the eggs and I’m getting all of the benefits. Just make sure to drop the eggs at the last second and don’t blend them more than 3 seconds to preserve it’s nutritional value.
If raw eggs are simply not an option for you because it will make you puke, then I suggest you cook your eggs with low heat sunny side up; this isn’t as beneficial as raw eggs but at the same time this isn’t as bad as scrambled or overheated eggs.