Back in the early ’70s (pre-internet, pre-fax machines, pre-social media – heck, pre-computer!), I was trying to get away from red meat … and I found Adelle Davis’s books, she was a nutritionist who was looked upon as an eccentric because she went against current popular thought about foods and supplements.
Look into this link and read up on the condensed information about Mrs. Davis; it’s very interesting – yet she’s still got her detractors. I still stand by her fundamental philosophy and here we are today with her ideas now very mainstream.
My 34-year-old daughter even shot-gunned my old books for her own use (but she loves red meat), and now the egg issue just popped up on our company site with the nutritionist extolling the virtues of the versatile, convenient, relatively inexpensive and hugely healthy.
Like the video clip here says, eggs are an excellent source of choline that is essential for prenatal fetal brain development and helps prevent defects. Increased choline for pregnant and breastfeeding women is important, and also the vitamin B that’s in it, for nerve tissue and spinal cord development. It’s also a help to protect against anemia because of its iron content, a good mix of heme and none-heme iron.
Adelle Davis believed that the white and yolk together were a healthy combination and that cholesterol was not a big issue because of the way they were naturally.
At the same time, people were being told they could only eat two to three eggs a week, then the egg-white-only industry entered.
Now, cholesterol in eggs have been shown to have 14 percent less cholesterol than before – I wonder: is this the testing, or different feed for the chickens?! For example, some eggs have lots of good fatty acids (e.g. Omega 3) because they’re raised with healthier grain.
In addition to cholesterol being less of a fear in the egg, its been shown that eggs have 41 IU of Vitamin D, an increase of over 56 percent in the eight years from 2002 to 2010. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Heart Association recommend that individuals have under 300 mg of cholesterol per day, and a single large egg contains 185 mn cholesterol.
Reading Adelle’s books around ’73 brought me into the pro-active-health arena, which then in 1988 led me to Herbalife, because I needed a simpler shake and vitamin supplements on which we could depend for purity and effectiveness.
Of all the things she said, her views on “the egg” were most memorable and most practical for daily life.
I would never worry about my kids eating right when away at school or just learning their way around a kitchen if I was sure they had plenty of eggs around – and we’re not afraid upping the number somewhat, but that’s an individual choice one must make.
Still, with eggs and the soy or soy/whey shakes available, a dairy product, grains and perhaps fish/chicken/meat once a day – the optimum protein level (your body weight divided by two is about right) can be reached.