The egg has had quite a rehabilitation of its image lately. First, a health advisory panel of the U.S. government said there was no evidence that eating foods containing cholesterol actually increased levels of it in the body. As a result, it recommended lifting the admonishment against eating eggs. Now, eggs just got another mention in their favor. A study out of Finland shows a significant decrease in the likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes among people with diets that included moderate egg consumption. They were careful to allow for other factors such as exercise, smoking and the health of other foods consumed. As recently as 2012, 1.7 million people were diagnosed with type 2 diabetesin the United States alone, so this is no small benefit of egg consumption.
Eggs used to be a staple of the American diet, and then nutritional authorities started recommending against their consumption. Brad Reifler is glad to learn that they seem to be making a comeback. They are wonderful for their flexibility. There are not many foods that can be cooked in so many different ways. They make a great protein contribution to any breakfast when they are fried, poached or scrambled and hard boiled eggs make a quick and convenient snack at any time of the day. They are probably better for us than the high carbohydrate cereals that many of us who were told to avoid eggs had switched to instead.