Egg Substitutes: Good or Bad?
I was talking with a friend yesterday about using egg substitutes in my A-Z Veggie Scramble instead of real eggs. Is this healthier because you are avoiding cholesterol? Well, lets take a look…
First, lets talk about cholesterol. It is a waxy, fat-like substance made by our liver. It is part of every cell and is needed for things such as making healthy cell walls, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids. It is so essential that our liver makes approximately 3,000 milligrams a day – 10 times our daily recommended intake from food!
In healthy individuals, our livers regulated how much it makes depending on how much cholesterol we take in through our diet.
The livers of some individuals, however, do no regulate their cholesterol production and this leads to high cholesterol.
If you ARE one of these individuals, you will want to be vigilant in keeping your dietary intake of cholesterol below 300 milligrams. That means a very small amount of animal products: one egg has 213 milligrams and 6 ounces of meat has 180 milligrams! So, having a two egg omelet a day isn’t the best idea.
Does this mean egg substitutes are the way to go? Well, egg substitues are processed in large factories and have added artificial colors and flavors. They are housed in cartons that are made of paper that have been bleached and coated with a man-made plastic that has direct contact with the product. Not so appetizing to me….I’ll take mother nature, thank you.
Just make yourself an egg white omelet and you will be much better off. The average price of a dozen regular eggs is $2.90, which give you approximately 24 ounces of liquid egg, 12 ounces of egg whites. The average cost of Egg Beaters is $2.99 for a 12 ounce container. So you may even save a little money! If you are like me and use organic eggs, it will be closer to $4.00 for 12 ounces of egg whites, but well worth it.
If you DO NOT have a cholesterol problem, then having a moderate amount of farm fresh organic eggs is a much better alternitive to egg substitutes. You are getting the real deal with no added chemicals. Plus the yolk contains all the good stuff like Vitamin A, E, D, and K along with essential fatty acids, B6 and B12. There is so much GOOD in the yolk, it’s hard to wash it down the drain!
And that’s all I have to say about that…