Easter eggs and the importance of, well, the usual eggs.
Easter is a season to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus. For the Christians, it is a very important season. It represents a cornerstone in their faith and symbolizes the belief in the afterlife. So where do Easter eggs fit into the whole festivities you may wonder.
There is a rich cultural background in the use of eggs during the celebration of Easter; from myths about eggs representing life, to tales of bunnies hiding eggs in the fields for overexcited little kids to find(did you know that Easter eggs came from bunnies, and not chickens?). In all, various cultures and traditions agree to the significance of eggs and uses it as a symbol to life, vitality, and intelligence (a little something for the eggheads to gloat about).
Despite the excitement about eggs and Easter, there are some misconceptions about eggs and its role in the diet
5 Myths and facts about eggs:
Myth: there is no difference in the taste of chicken eggs
Fact: there are, broadly, two kinds of eggs in the market: organic eggs and the conventional eggs. Organic eggs are egg produce from hens which are free to roam about and fed on organic feeds. Conventional eggs are your standard supermarket eggs, the hens are often times raised in overstuffed cages or hen houses and are treated with antibiotics and hormones which might lead to resistance in antibiotic treatment for humans when such produce are consumed over time. The nutritional values between this two types of eggs are different, so also is the taste.
Myth: Eggs causes high blood cholesterol levels
Facts: eggs are low in saturated fats and are contain only a small amount of cholesterol compared to other animal products. They also provide an excellent source of protein and should constitute an important part of your diet.
Myth: raw eggs offer extra protein and mineral, and should be given to someone who is sick
Fact: eggs are rich in proteins and minerals alright, but when served raw they could lead to serious case of salmonella poisoning which could be fatally dangerous to the seriously ill. Eggs should never be served raw.
Myth: fried eggs are tastier and more nutritional than boiled eggs
Fact: Granted that there are preferences to the manner of how one might want his/her egg served, but the nutritional values of any method are not as huge as widely professed.
Myth: you need a rooster to get eggs
Facts: The capability of hens to lay eggs are not dependent on the presence of a rooster, as they will lay eggs anyway, but don’t expect chicks.
5 Health benefits of eggs.
There are many health benefits from eating eggs; according to research, a 44g of hardboiled egg contains the following nutrients:
- Energy: 62.5 calories
- Proteins: 5.5 grams (g)
- Total fat: 4.2g
- Sodium: 189 milligrams (mg)
- Calcium: 24.6 mg
- Iron: 0.8 mg
- Magnesium: 5.3 mg
- Phosphorous: 86.7 mg
- Potassium:60.3 mg
- Zinc: 0.6 mg
- Cholesterol: 162 mg
- Selenium: 13.4 micrograms (µg)
- Lutein and zeaxanthin: 220 µg
- Folate: 15.4 µg
They are also rich in vitamin A, B, E, and K, and provide the following benefits when included in your diet.
They lower triglyceride levels thus preventing heart disease:
Studies have shown that pastured eggs or eggs produced from hens fed on organic feeds and/or feeds containing omega-3 fatty acids helps in lowing triglyceride levels, a known risk factor for heart disease.
Helps in weight loss
Eggs score high in the satiety index; this is a measures of the ability of food to cause feelings of fullness and hence prevent later cravings for calories.
Helps the immune system:
With its constitute vitamins, like A and B-12, eggs are key in promoting a healthy immune system.
Important in building strong muscles:
Eggs serves as natural supplements to athletes; they contain good amounts of proteins that are essential in building and repairing muscles.
They are good for the eyes
Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, two important antioxidants that are useful in promoting eye health and in preventing degenerative effects from aging. Eggs are also good sources of vitamin A, a deficiency of which has become the world commonest cause of blindness.
Eggs are nutritional, cheap, and a worthy ambassador for the season. Include some of it in your diet today.