living in an agricultural community. Grading an assignment for
a nutrition class I teach to nursing students, I got this
answer to instructions for students to take their body
measurements and assess their health risks:
found each of my measurements, which took some time and
dedication as I could not find a single tape measure or
measuring tape in my house, so after some digging in the barn,
I had to settle for a horse measuring tape. I now know how
many hands tall I am (horses are measured in "hands"
which is just four inches)."
sometimes find answers that may surprise us. And that may be
the case with eggs.
first time in decades, the latest Dietary Guidelines for
Americans no longer recommend that we limit our intake of
cholesterol to 300 milligrams a day. (One egg yolk contains
about 180 milligrams of cholesterol.)
these experts tell us to limit saturated fat (eggs are low in
this type of fat) and "eat as little dietary cholesterol
as possible while consuming a healthy eating pattern."
words, our heart health appears to depend less on whether we
eat eggs or not and more on the company they keep. Thereís a
big difference, for example, between a breakfast of eggs,
whole grain toast, low fat yogurt and fruit and one that
features eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy.
have long scored the highest of all protein foods in quality
and digestibility. Each egg contains all the essential amino
acids to build every type of protein our bodies need. One
amino acid is leucine ó a powerful stimulant for building
muscle tissue. And eggs are cheap (cheep cheep) compared to
most other sources of protein.
protein, eggs are packed with 13 essential nutrients (meaning
they are absolutely needed for our bodies to function).
According to the Egg Nutrition Center
www.eggnutritioncenter.org, eggs are one of very few foods
that contain vitamin D naturally. And these compact nutrition
powerhouses also provide choline, a nutrient involved with
brain development during pregnancy plus memory and mood
functions as we get older.
a surprise: Donít toss the yolks. Thatís where most of the
nutrients in eggs reside, including vitamin D, choline and
antioxidant substances. Also more than 40 percent of the
protein in eggs is found in the yolk.
way, the color of the egg does not change the nutrition of
this food. Different hens lay different colored eggs. The
color of the yolk, however, depends on the amount of orange
and yellow plant pigments in the henís diet.
I like that eggs are symbolic of Easter ó a time that we
celebrate new life and rebirth. Iíll think of that when my
grandchildren come over to color the eggs from our neighborís
chickens. Have a happy Easter.