By Samantha Pollack
Eggs: nature’s perfect food, or as bad for you as smoking?
Are we really supposed to separate eggs and throw away the yolks? Seems like a lot of egg-wasting, especially for a single lady who also throws away week-old produce she never got around to using. (Ahem. You know who you are.)
That study comparing consumption of egg yolks to smoking, by the way, is full of holes. Here’s another article that outlines what they are. One of the researchers had a vegan bias, the study didn’t take into account any other dietary factors, blah blah blah. But, none of that matters, because…
All you have to do is think for yourself.
There is no other animal in the history of life on Earth that has to ask someone else what to eat. Every baby giraffe is born with the instinct to eat leaves and run from lions. Even a house cat, domesticated over several generations, will go crazy for some raw tuna and poo-poo a fallen potato chip.
Part of our problem today, in my opinion, is that we’ve relinquished one of the most basic human instincts to the “experts.” Personally, I’m trying to take that back, and encourage all of you to do the same. I feel GREAT when I eat some egg yolks, and no study is going to make me say differently.
Nature gave us a digestive system that accommodates everything the food chain has to offer, including animal meat and plant foods. It wouldn’t have created a food that’s inherently bad for us (humans are the ones who do that.)
Furthermore, if a food comes “packaged” a certain way in nature, I think it’s best to eat it that way. Maybe there’s a reason eggs have yolks – all the good fat and nutrients are in there, and you need that stuff to help you break down the protein in the whites.
And that, by the way, is the reason to purchase eggs laid by chickens that poke around in the dirt, eating worms and roaming free. Your neighbor’s pastured chickens will produce healthier, more digestible eggs than a farm-raised variety.
If you don’t live in a place like I do (Asheville – where everyone’s neighbors have chickens), look for the words “pastured, organic, and free-range” when purchasing eggs.
In short, eat real food. You can’t find the answers on the internet, or in books – those places have information, but the real answers come from YOU.
Eat foods that make you feel good, and stay away from foods that don’t. Do you have stomachaches when you eat eggs? Don’t eat them. Less energy when you just have fruit for breakfast? Eat an egg.
It doesn’t have to be so complicated.
Sam’s Favorite “Green Eggs” Quickie
Serves: 1 – Prep Time: 10 minutes, maybe less
- 2 handfuls baby spinach, chopped or not
- 1 egg
- Organic butter or coconut oil
- Salt & pepper
- ½ an avocado
- Local bread
1. In a small skillet, heat oil or butter over medium heat.
2. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Add salt & pepper, and crack the egg right into the pan.
3. Scramble the egg with the spinach. Serve on toast with salsa & avocado.
Disclaimer: Views and opinions expressed on this page are entirely my own. I am not a medical doctor, licensed nutritionist or registered dietician. I will only endorse activities, products or services reviewed through my own experience and expertise in nutrition and health.
Samantha Pollack is a childfree certified holistic health coach and certified personal trainer in Asheville, NC. where she owns a meal-planning service for families of one or two at Insider Wellness.