I recently got a query from Grow Community member Dave D. who wanted to know if it was OK to eat eggs every day. Chicken eggs is one of the three-part systems for producing half of your own food in less than an hour per day (check out this free 27-minute webinar here to see for yourself how quickly you could be having homegrown food on your table.)
Here is my experience, and then some articles by sources I trust. I’ve been eating 3 to 6 eggs a day for at least the past seven years. I really like eggs – what can I say? They are so versatile scrambled, poached, on top of sauteed veggies, egg salad, egg drop soup, quiche, egg nog, in milkshakes, a meatloaf extender… Oh let’s not forget to simply eat them raw – talk about fast food! The list goes on and on.
I also get my blood checked every other year or so. My cholesterol levels are always in the correct range.
So I don’t worry at all about eating a lot of eggs – every day, year in and year out.
I remember growing up there was this whole story that eggs could be bad for you – and then, later on the research was found to be faulty – but the story about eggs and high cholesterol persisted.
Dr. Mercola is an independent medical pundit who recently wrote a good article about eggs. Here is a quick quote “Eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and it’s a shame they’ve been vilified for so long in the United States”. The full article is here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/03/10/the-sunny-side-of-eggs.aspx
Another researcher I highly respect is Sally Fallon, the author of the cookbook “Nourishing Traditions” (available at Amazon here). Sally Fallon is best known as the co-founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation. The Price Foundation is dedicated to “restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research, and activism.”. Sally has a lot of great information on the value of eating quality eggs. How many eggs do you think you could eat? On page 440 of Sally’s book she talks about this one incredible case; “In one study, volunteers fed 18 eggs per day actually showed reduced levels of cholesterol”.
You probably don’t need to go to that extent of eating eggs, but it sure looks like you could.
Note that both of these researchers emphasize the eggs need to be quality eggs; like the ones you are producing with your backyard flock… the eggs that are coming from your chickens that ate only good food – got to eat lots of bugs and greens and kitchen scraps, yes?
Got any egg experiences? Please write them down below.
5/30/17 UPDATE: Check it out! Helen Sanders at Health Ambitions contacted us with a wonderful blog post about the Health Benefits of Eggs. Thank you, Helen for this comprehensive article!
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.