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Eggs are the new superfood – Eggcellent!

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I wrote a post this week over at Village Voices on eggs that I wanted to share with you Moodie Foodies. Why? Well, for one thing I love eggs – scrambled, poached, boiled, stuffed, fried in the middle of a piece of toast, Eastered (is that a word?), Fabergéd (there I go again making up my own words). You get my drift….. But I’ve also come across some new research that benefits your health and that’s always gotta be a good thing.

Up until recently eggs have had a rap sheet as long as your arm with offences including raising cholesterol levels, blocking arteries, contributing to heart disease and containing too much bad fat. Hardened criminals indeed! But recent research suggests that eggs may just be the new Super Food. I know, I know it’s awfully eggciting for those of us who just love an egg or two.

A study in the UK (and endorsed by Australian nutritionists) has found that eggs are lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than previously thought. Couple that with the fact that they have also been found to contain vital vitamins and minerals and you may just need to race out and buy a carton of these amazing little caped crusaders.

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Eggs have always been a fantastic source of protein but did you know they are also:

  • Full of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is difficult to find in food (other sources are mushrooms, salmon and tuna) and deficiencies have been linked to depression and poor bone health. We normally rely on getting our fill of Vitamin D from the sun, but 1 egg gives us 20% of our recommended daily intake, so eating a 2 egg omelette or scramble and we’re almost half way there!
  • Reputed to help our eyes. Eggs may help prevent macular degeneration and even cataracts. Eat up and your eyes will thank you.
  • Packed with good fat. There is 5 grams of total fat in 1 egg, only 1.5 grams of which is saturated fat. The rest is unsaturated which is great for just about everything in your body.
  • Contain Selenium. Selenium helps protect your immune system – we could all do with a little extra body armour, right?

It just goes to show that what we always thought may not be relevant now, particularly when it comes to food. The way we grow our food today is so much better than 20, 30, 40 years ago. We farm better, we harvest more efficiently and we certainly know more about just about everything to do with the food chain.

So give the humble egg another go and not just for breakfast – branch out, live a little and get creative. I’ve compiled some of fantastic recipes here for you to try for breakfast, lunch or dinner (but probably not dessert – shame). Ooooh, I’m in eggy eggstacy just thinking about it…..

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Jamie Oliver’s Potato and Chorizo Omelette

italianfrittata
Moodie Foodie’s Italian Frittata

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Simply Recipe’s Huevos Rancheros

eggpies
Moodie Foodie’s Easy, Healthy Bacon and Egg Pies

misosoup
the kitchn’s Miso Soup with Rice and Poached Egg

bakedeggs
Moodie Foodie’s Baked Eggs with Smoked Salmon

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Taste’s Toasty Eggs

Scotch Eggs
Moodie Foodie’s Healthy Scotch Eggs

eggintomato
delicious’ Baked Egg in Tomato

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Ange’s Yummy Blog Nasi Goreng

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My Diverse Kitchen’s Curried Eggs in Coconut Milk

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Moodie Foodie’s Asian Noodle Omelette

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