Health Matters. An A to Z Guide to Good Health – E is for Egg

E is for Egg

E is for Egg a complete food in a convenient package.   You may remember the slogan “Go to Work on an Egg” which was part of the successful £12million advertising campaign by the UK Egg Marketing Board in the 1950s? Then in the 1980s egg sales fell by 60% thanks to Edwina Curry and the salmonella scare. Recently it has been suggested that a high proportion of eggs sold still contain salmonella and we are recommended not to eat foods containing uncooked eggs. Then there is some confusion about whether eggs raise cholesterol levels. I recommend eggs as a healthy natural food that is packed with protein and essential vitamins and minerals and should be a fundamental part of a healthy diet.

  • Eggs contain a vast array of vitamins and minerals including Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, vitamins B6, B12, A, E, D, C, Choline, Biotin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Iodine, Zinc, Sodium and Manganese.
  • Eggs do contain a type of cholesterol, called dietary cholesterol but this has less effect on the level of cholesterol in our blood than the amount of saturated fat we eat.
  • One egg contains approximately 75 calories. Research has concluded that people eating two eggs for breakfast ate less during the rest of the day and therefore as part of a healthy weight reduction programme they are invaluable so why not “Go to work on an egg”!

Live with joy and health.

Elizabeth Beetham