Cracking Into Sound Nutrition

There's an Easter morning Pennsylvania Dutch tradition called 'Egg Picking' (Nutzing in Lancaster County) where contestants choose from an array of decorated hard boiled eggs and tap the pointy tips end to end against competitors. If yours cracks, you're out. Whoever ends up with the last remaining uncracked tip wins. Then all of these eggs are consumed as part of breakfast.

Now lots of folks shy away from eggs due to cholesterol concerns. Each contains about 212 milligrams of cholesterol, right around the 200 to 300 milligram recommended daily limit. However, eggs are very low in saturated fat, which potentially affects blood cholesterol levels to a much greater degree than cholesterol alone. Eggs are a natural source of vitamin D, lutein, choline and other healthy nutrients. Of course, the egg's biggest nutritional advantage can be seen in its status as one of the highest quality whole food protein sources.

The Bigger Picture: According to the Harvard Heart Letter, men and women who limit their intake of saturated and trans fats can safely consume an egg a day. If you're still worried about your cholesterol score, consider the fact that all egg cholesterol is concentrated in the yolk. Consuming egg whites should eliminate any concerns while maintaining the vast majority of protein advantages so important to athletes.
Leave a Comment
Mar 25, 2008
What about egg protein powder?
Apr 23, 2008
Egg protein powder would be a great alternative for those concerned with convenience.