We’ve previously talked about the 10 biggest diet myths, but when it comes to nutrition, the never-ending stream of inaccurate (or just bad) information never ceases to surprise us. Our goal has always been to help you navigate this sometimes confusing subject so that you can make nutritional choices with strength and confidence. It’s evident that there’s some definite egg myths that need to be busted and put to rest. Are brown eggs healthier than white ones? Are eggs safe to eat? What about cholesterol? You’ve got the questions, we’ve got the answers….
Myth 1: Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs
Most brown foods are healthier, right? Brown bread is certainly a better alternative to white bread, as is the same with brown rices and pastas. It’s probably then fair to assume that brown eggs are better for your health than white eggs, right? After all, they’re typically marketed as being healthier and certainly seem to cost more than standard, run-of-the-mill white eggs. Surely they’re more nutritious? Not eggs-actly (get it?).
Despite what you may have been told, there is no nutritional difference between white or brown eggs. Neither is more or less healthier than the other. In fact, the only difference between the two is the colour of the egg (which if you must know is largely due to the chicken’s diet). Despite such a subtle difference, it seems the notion of brown eggs being healthier is being perpetuated by manufacturers in a bid to increase profits. Some researchers suspect that marketers deliberately package brown eggs in such a way that makes them appear to be more exclusive as to warrant the increased price that comes with them. Ever notice how white eggs typically tend to be packaged in basic non-colourful boxes whilst brown eggs tend to come in coloured boxes with pictures of farms, and organic symbols and the like? Don’t be fooled, an egg is an egg, despite the colour or the box that it comes in.
Myth 2: Eggs yolks are bad
We’ve all probably come across the person who seems adamant on separating the yolks from every egg they eat. While their intentions may be completely reasonable, they’re not justified as the conventional wisdom that suggested yolks could be harmful to health isn’t just inaccurate, it’s actually the opposite of the truth. Egg yolks are one of the most nutritionally-dense foods on the planet and with zero-sugar and zero-carbs, they’re also one of the best additions to a healthy eating plan. One average egg contains around 70 calories and 6 grams of protein. You’ll also find choline, a nutrient not found in many other foods which assists in the building of cell membranes. Choline is especially beneficial for pregnant women as it can help safeguard your unborn from developing neural defects.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are both powerful antioxidants which play a critical role in the maintenance of eye health. Studies have shown that sufficient amounts of these nutrients can help combat degenerative eye disorders like cataracts and macular degeneration.
By removing the yolk (the most nutritious part) from the egg, you strip away may of its highly valuable vitamins and minerals.
Myth 3: Eggs can significantly raise your cholesterol
If we could pinpoint the singular biggest diet myth, this is it. High cholesterol is among one of the most feared of all dietary conditions due to the hardening of the artery walls which can lead to various health complications. However, numerous studies have concluded that consumption of cholesterol from natural sources (like eggs) have no link to elevated blood cholesterol levels in healthy, active people. Not only that, but research also indicates that the normal egg consumption of 1-2 eggs per day can actually improve cholesterol levels and can aid in the productive rate of testosterone and vitamin D.