This week is British Egg Week and Heart Research UK is encouraging everyone to keep eggs on the menu. Eggs have received some bad press in the past and yet there is lots of research and evidence to show that eggs have an important role to play as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Eggs are in fact an excellent source of protein, vitamin A, D, E and all of the B vitamins and minerals. A study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition showed that an egg-based lunch can help people feel fuller for longer, when compared with other common lunches with a similar calorie count. This is ‘egg-citing’ news for egg lovers.
While egg yolk does contain some cholesterol, scientists now know that it’s actually too much saturated fat and not enough mono- and poly-unsaturated fat in the diet that leads to unhealthy cholesterol levels. Eggs tick the box nicely as the fat they contain is mainly unsaturated rather than saturated.
Not only are eggs nutritious, they’re also good value for money and an easy ingredient for many recipes. Here are some tips on getting that little ‘egg-stra’ in your week:
- Cook ‘em - Try boiled egg and soldiers for breakfast, poached or scrambled egg on whole brown toast with a little salmon to boost your omega 3, or perhaps some tomatoes for added antioxidants.
- Whisk ‘em up – Enjoy an omelette using herbs to season or make it Spanish with some potato, adding vegetables such as peppers and courgettes or mushrooms to boost your 5-a-day. Yorkshire puddings are a great addition to a Sunday roast or why not make pancakes for a snack or dessert? Just add a mixture of fresh or frozen fruits.
- Combinations – Make egg fried rice to go with a tasty curry or slice hard-boiled egg in to a salad combined with olives, lettuce, tomatoes and beans. For a delicious dinner, try haddock baked in whisked egg and topped with parsley.
Some people may have been advised by their GP or dietitian to limit their intake, but for most of us we can keep egg-friendly by including them as part of a healthy, balanced and varied diet. So get creative and get ‘egg-cited’ for British Egg Week.
For more information and advice about healthy living, contact Heart Research UK via email firstname.lastname@example.org