WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Eggs- Natures Perfect Food.

I have bee marveling at how packed full of nutrition chicken eggs are.( have not looked into duck eggs yet, probably very similar.)

Since Abby was 12 months old she has tested as having an egg allergy repeatedly over the years, yet, off and on over the years despite the consistent positive allergy testing she has done fine eating eggs and in fact, she craves them. My Mom ate 2 hard boiled eggs, a piece of whole grain toast for breakfast everyday for years- she always said it was the perfect blend of nutrition- again, Mom was right! :-)

Biotin,protein,B5, and so much more. The cholesterol fears attached to eggs in the 80's is a bunch of horse hockey for most folks.(worry about those fried foods and other horrors we eat before blaming a perfect egg!) If you are worried add dark chocolate,nuts, olive oil, avocado, red wine to your diet- if you can have them :-) We use olive oil when we can, and garlic,tea,beans(not many for Abby but she is tolerating navy beans now and then) to help balance any worry about cholesterol. It all goes back to eating properly.

We always cook our eggs for Abby. We try to buy farm fresh- no hormones,chemicals no grain feed. We like eggs where the chickens only eat bugs and what they find free range! I know some folks eat raw, but the risk of bacteria is simply too high for us to risk.

I do find we use egg yolk to balance fats in our cooking. Abby tolerates the fats from egg yolk far better then most other fats. They offer richness to foods, and biotin. But, you really need to eat the whites too- the egg is perfectly made for perfect absorption when you cook and eat the whole thing! 1 hard boiled egg to start your day is the perfect way to start combating the nutritional deficit.


Biotin is one of the things you benefit from by eating eggs. Did you know that a healthy GI track can actually make it's own biotin? We know Abby's GI track is pretty handicapped and since we are not healed enough to introduce probiotics yet, we have to make sure food counts.


Egg Nutrient Chart


Nutrient Content of a Large Egg


Nutrient (unit) Whole Egg Egg White Egg Yolk
Calories (kcal) 72 17 55
Protein (g) 6.3 3.6 2.7
Carbohydrate (g) 0.36 0.24 0.61
Total fat (g) 4.8 0.06 4.5
Monounsaturated fat (g) 1.8 0 2
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1 0 0.72
Saturated fat (g) 1.6 0 1.6
Trans fat (g) 0.02 0 0.02
Cholesterol (mg) 186 0 184
Choline (mg) 126 0.4 116
Riboflavin (mg) 0.2 0.15 0.09
Vitamin B12 (mcg) 0.45 0.03 0.33
Folate (mcg) 24 1 25
Vitamin D (IU) 41 0 37
Vitamin A (IU) 270 0 245
Vitamin B 6 (mg) 0.09 0 0.06
Thiamin (mg) 0.02 0 0.03
Vitamin E (mg) 0.5 0 0.44
Selenium (mcg) 15.4 6.6 9.5
Phosphorous (mg) 99 5 66
Iron (mg) 0.88 0.03 0.46
Zinc (mg) 0.65 0.01 0.39
Calcium (mg) 28 2 22
Sodium (mg) 71 55 8
Potassium (mg) 69 54 19
Magnesium (mg) 6 4 1


Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 2010. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page: http://www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata

Discrepencies between nutrient levels in the white+yolk vs. the whole egg are due to sampling error.


Pretty impressive huh? Riboflavin,selenium, biotin, all the good stuff many of us are trying to supplement in our diets.

Some folks that have a hard time with eggs find that if the egg white is removed they can handle them, of course this will change what you are able to get from your egg, as you are losing the B5 and protein and you need the B5 to better absorb the biotin, but a yolk is better then nothing!

Eat your eggs! We have a goofy Egg cooker the girls call Henny Penny- she makes perfect hard boiled eggs and an 8 year old could easily use her!. Our first Henny died and we were lost without her so we are on Henny number 2. They make less comical egg cookers and you can always boil on the stove, but we find Henny endearing and entertaining! She makes the most obnoxious electronic clucking noise when the eggs are cooked.

Know what the chickens were fed- commercial eggs are fed GMO corn and soy and heaven know's what else.. My thought is why mess with perfection?

2 comments:

Reagan Leigh said...

Reagan isn't really allergic to anything...except eggs!! Just licking a piece of bacon that has touched eggs, gives her hives! She's not much of an eater anyway, but eggs definitely don't agree with her!

Diane said...

Oh that stinks! Abby is allergic like that to corn,dairy,soy and few others- frustrating isn't it?

The amino acid based formulas though are great about being egg free- just not corn free LOL

These kids sure have a lot of food complexities- at all levels.

Hugs!

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