By Donna Quirk, MBA, RD, LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager
Spring has started and Easter is upon us. Eggs are given as gifts to celebrate this special time of year. The Easter Egg for Christians is a reminder that those who believe will have eternal life. Eggs in other cultures and religions symbolize fertility and the start of new life.
But is it OK to eat eggs? It appears the answer is YES!
If, like me, you have heard the message that eggs are high in cholesterol and therefore detrimental to your health then its time for a change.
So what are the facts about eggs?
• Eggs are a good source of protein. One egg has 6 gm of Protein – about ½ in the yolk and 1/2 in egg white.
• Eggs are a very good source of the B vitamin – Riboflavin. Riboflavin helps the body metabolize food into glucose for energy. It also acts as an antioxidant and helps prevent chronic diseases like heart disease.
• Egg yolks are an excellent source of Choline. Choline is important for brain development of a fetus during pregnancy and the normal functioning of all body cells.
• Egg yolks are a rare food source of Vitamin D which supports bone health and the immune system.
• There are 14 additional vitamins and minerals in eggs – primarily in the yolk.
• Eggs are affordable. Eggs, on average, costs less than 15 cents a piece.
But what about the Cholesterol? It is well-known that egg yolks contain cholesterol. However, advances in poultry production techniques have, on average, lowered the amount of cholesterol in an egg. Eggs now contain approximately 5 gm of fat (1.5 gm saturated) and 185 mg of cholesterol.
It is recommended that we all eat 300 mg or less of Cholesterol per day, so one egg per day can fit into a healthy diet as long as you include other lower cholesterol foods in your day.
Here’s a great recipe from the Egg Nutrition Center
Makes: 12 mini-Frittatas, 6 servings
6 Eggs ¾ cup chopped zucchini
½ cup milk ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
¼ tsp. salt 2 tbsp. chopped red onion
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar Cheese (preferably reduced fat)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until blended. Add cheese, zucchini, bell pepper and onion; mix well. Spoon evenly into 12 greased muffin cups, about ¼ cup each.
2. Bake in oven until just set, 20 – 22 minutes. Cool on a rack for 5 mins. Remove from cups; serve warm.
Pair with a whole wheat English muffin and a glass of fat-free milk for a well-balanced meal.
Nutrition Information per serving (2 frittatas): 164 calories; 11 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 207 mg cholesterol; 12 g protein. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, choline and a good source of vitamin A, vitamin D, and calcium.
Lace up your shoes and join Lexington Medical Center for the Walk from Obesity, Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Saluda Shoals Park. The event features a 1 and 3-mile walk along the Saluda River and benefits the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Action Coalition. These organizations advocate for insurance to cover obesity surgery, educate individuals affected by obesity, work to ensure obesity treatments are safe and effective, and strive to eliminate the negative stigma and bias associated with obesity.
The Walk from Obesity is critical to raise awareness and promote healthy living as South Carolina becomes increasingly affected by the obesity epidemic. Statistics show that 66.9 percent of adults in our state are overweight and 31.5 percent are obese. In addition, an estimated 93 million Americans are obese and that number is expected to climb to 120 million in the next five years.
Lexington Medical Center is committed to helping the community fight obesity by offering comprehensive weight management programs to ensure successful weight loss through the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.
Walkers will enjoy healthy refreshments, children’s activities, a coloring contest, raffles, and education on how to make a healthy plate. Registration, check-in, and t-shirt pickup will begin at 8:00 AM. The Walk will kick off at 9:00 AM at the River Birch Center and finish by 11:00 AM.
Online registration is $25 and will be available until May 3, 2013. Those who register will have their very own Donor Drive fundraising page where online fundraising tools will help you meet your goal or invite friends and family to join you at the walk. On-site registration will be available at $35 on the day of the event.
For More information or to register visit www.walkfromobesity.com. Find Lexington Medical Center’s walk under the “Find a Walk” tab. Click on “W. Columbia/Lexington” under South Carolina for our registration page.
See you at the walk!