Think Thin Thursday ~ Rethinking Eggs as a Source of Protein

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

It's the incredible edible egg, let's take a look at the basic nutrition numbers of one large Grade A egg. Calories come in at about 72 with 1.5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein. It doesn't matter if its fried, boiled , poached, sunny side up or raw this is its value. Actually, I tend to avoid them in their raw state because of possible salmonella issues. That said, I'll usually consume a half dozen or more each week. Two scrambled eggs, toast & grits is my typical fare and a couple rashers of bacon to keep me honest. Simplicity is the name of the game and protein is the reward.

A lot of eggs

Cholesterol has long been feared where eggs were concerned however eating it does not necessarily have an effect on your lipids according to the Harvard Medical School. HDL and LDL numbers are generated by how well your liver metabolizes fat when you eat it. Smoking and alcohol consumption can diminish this ability so try to curb those actions. Yep, this healthy stuff can really be a party pooper and most notably after the party has left you decades later.

The thing about protein is that it is much better to have it in reserve than to allow your body to retrieve what it needs from your muscles and organs. A few weeks ago I talked about Body Fat Tests and why they're important. Lean mass is your muscle, bones and organs also known as the active body parts. Without protein they can't function as well because they cannot repair themselves when it's depleted. The average woman needs 46 grams per day while an average man needs 56 grams. These are minimal amounts for barely active persons but since you're all on ActiveRain your requirements should be much higher. Figure it out here?     


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Comments (4)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I do like eggs and I have began incorporating them in my diet more often.  I have often heard that dairy isn't as good for us though.  I want to eat healthy, but it is all pretty confusing to me, haha.

Jun 29, 2018 10:53 AM
Kevin J. May

Why nutrition remains such a mystery to us is odd. I've spoken to nutritionists, doctors and dieticians all with varying thoughts. If they don't have it together how can we Brian? Darn food lobbyists!

Jul 04, 2018 12:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kevin- I like eggs but I often have an egg white omelet or don't eat the yoke. They have gotten a bad wrap, haven't they. 

Jun 30, 2018 02:35 PM
Kevin J. May

I don't have a good answer why they are sometimes great and other times said to be unhealthy. It could be the "raw" factor when put into certain recipes. I'll have an Egg Beater omelet every day if my Drs. let me.

Jul 04, 2018 12:50 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the information, Kevin.  I could definitely use some more eggs in my diet.

Jul 04, 2018 05:55 AM
Kevin J. May

If more than a third of your calories are from protein you're approaching the upper limit. On the other extreme try to consume at least 10% and you'll be alright Gabe.

Jul 04, 2018 10:00 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This debate has been around for decades but cutting out junk food and getting a lot more exercise can do wonders!

Jul 07, 2018 05:35 AM