Do You Eat Eggs? Posted on July 15th, 2011
If you’re an egg-eater I bet you thought that brown eggs were healthier than white? Well guess what – the only difference is the price!
Consider nutrition science, flip-flopping over the humble egg: villainized as an artery-clogging cholesterol bomb in the 1980s, now a centerpiece of the healthy breakfast (or dinner) plate while activists focus on the well-being of the chickens. But there is a difference between free rage eggs and eggs from caged hens. The difference is in the taste and the manner in which the chicken was raised. You want to eat eggs from happy chickens! Eggs also contain important nutrients such as; protein for cell building and balanced blood sugars; Choline for brain function and Lutein and Zeaxanthin for eye health. At only 70 calories per egg, who knew the lowly egg could be such a benefit?
Michael Pollan author of “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” became famous telling us that to eat healthy is to eat simply—just like our grandmothers did. Problem is, Grandma didn’t live in the Information Age, the age of the 25,000-product supermarket, Dietary Guidelines, and all those superfood health claims. It should be simple. But it really isn’t—not with this much daily nutrition info overload to contend with.
Pollan is right. The basic rules of healthy eating are very simple – eat simply. But diet is also in the details. In the crazy modern food world, you want to keep your eye on the big picture, but pay attention to the small print, too.
Salmonella Egg Recall Posted on September 7th, 2010
The old adage, one rotten egg can destroy a whole barrel holds true with this massive egg recall. My mother used to keep eggs on the back porch. In Europe, they keep eggs in a wire basket in the kitchen – remember Julia Child and her egg basket on TV. These are different days. These are times where a spinach salad in a restaurant or a raw egg can harbor deadly e-coli bacteria. Again, know your source. Don’t buy cheap food. This egg producer at the center of the e-coli scare is obviously negligent about cleanliness, sterile procedures with feed and cages. They are probably too big to notice – too involved in the bottom line to take a look at their operation. My advice: Look for organic and locally grown. Eggs are fine but cook them well and find a local egg producer you can trust. My step-daughter raises chickens and has fresh eggs every day from her backyard in Portland Oregon. That’s local and fresh.