A Love Affair
I love eggs. I love them poached, fried, hard boiled, soft boiled, over easy, scrambled, as an omelet or quiche...pretty much any way they can be made. Never have I felt such an affinity with a fictional character as when Maggie, the main character in Runaway Bride, determined after some experimenting that she loved Eggs Benedict. (Yes! Isn't that the BEST?!?)
But Are Eggs Healthy? In an "eggshell," yes.
For the more detailed explanation, it is true that egg yolks are high in cholesterol—200 mg in one large yolk. However, the science around cholesterol and its impact on heart health has been evolving over time. Dietary cholesterol (the kind that comes from food) and blood cholesterol (the stuff that can kill you) are not the same thing and are not as directly related as researchers once believed.
Blood cholesterol is the byproduct of the mix of fats and carbohydrates in a person's diet. Take Eggs Benedict as an example. The one ingredient in that recipe that is the least damaging in terms of blood cholesterol is the egg. The English muffin, ham, and Hollandaise sauce are what contribute to making Eggs Benedict a "heart attack on a plate." Aside from the fact that the 5 mg of fat found in eggs is all unsaturated fat, eggs are also good sources of protein, choline (an essential nutrient), vitamins B7 and A, and antioxidants. As is true of all things, moderation is crucial. Two to three eggs every day is probably more than the average person needs, but one a day or several a few times a week? Enjoy!
What is not healthy about eggs, is if you eat them raw or undercooked due to the risk of salmonella, a foodborne bacteria. Salmonella lives in the GI tract, causing cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. In the elderly or immunocompromised, it can be fatal.
Eggs are good for another four (4) weeks after the "sell-by" date. Check package dates to get the freshest available.
Check for cracked or broken egg shells before purchasing. Discard any discovered after purchase.
Keep refrigerated. Eggs can be kept at room temperature for up to two hours.
Cook egg dishes (e.g. quiche) to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Do not eat raw eggs; avoid undercooked eggs. Even poached or over-easy eggs should have solid whites.
If raw cookie dough or Royal icing is your jam, use pasteurized eggs only.