There seems to be a constant debate on the paleo forum about which foods can or cannot be classified as truly paleo. Luckily, eggs are an easier one to categorize as even by the strictest of standards, eggs easily qualify as being paleo friendly foods. Since the paleo diet is predominantly a protein rich diet, eggs, other than the different meat sources are perhaps one of the most important components of a paleo dietary lifestyle. Eggs offer nutrition, versatility and affordability all rolled into one.
Ideally, the eggs should be derived from animals that have been pastured and exposed to a natural organic diet. That is to say that poultry should have access to greens as well as be allowed to feed on insects and other natural sources rather than be fed on an artificial or synthetic diet.
In fact, this protein rich food makes up for the bulk of breakfast options on the paleo menu. Eggs are a highly versatile food and can be cooked and experimented with in a variety of exciting ways. Plus, given the fact that they are universally available, makes this healthy food easily accessible to all, whether you follow a paleo lifestyle or not. Here are a few very good reasons to include eggs into your diet plan:
- Given the nutrient content of eggs, not many other foods can compare to the vast variety that eggs have to offer. Eggs are rich in folate, a much needed nutrient for women’s health. All of the fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, K as well as B6 and B12 are found in eggs.
- A whole lot of minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc are present in eggs and eggs also provide the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Much of our contemporary population suffers from various vitamin and mineral deficiencies and can benefit a lot from making eggs a regular part of their diet.
- Another excellent nutrient that is offered by egg consumption is the provision of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. The paleo diet lays stress on consuming the correct ratio of n-3/n-6 and making eggs a regular part of your diet sees to just that.
- Well known as a phenomenal source of high quality protein content, eggs a cater a whopping 5.5 grams per serving along with all the essential amino acids- those that cannot be manufactured by the body but need to be supplemented through the diet alone.
The only negative publicity, if any that eggs have received is regarding cholesterol. Since eggs do cater a generous amount of cholesterol into the diet, this popular food choice has received negative reviews. But recent research has attempted to debunk that myth by establishing that cholesterol found in foods is not as highly responsible for health concerns than plaque found with arterial cholesterol deposits within heart patients.
With this relatively new knowledge even cholesterol has seen a positive side to its inclusion in the diet. Cholesterol is needed by every single cell in our bodies for optimal functioning. Eggs as such are a healthy source of cholesterol and help supplement this vital nutrient that is hard to obtain through other dietary sources.
Another facet of paleo dieting is that both proteins and fats need to be included in dietary options to maintain optimal health. Once again eggs come to the rescue since they are loaded with protein as well as healthy fats which according to paleo proponents is saturated fats.
Boiled, scrambled, poached, baked, fried…
Eggs can be prepared in many different ways. They can be easily boiled, scrambled, poached, baked or fried. Add them to a freshly prepared salad, toss them in an omelet with veggies of your choice or put them together in a main dish if you wish. And just as traditional cooking calls for eggs in desserts, many paleo sweet treats can also be prepared using eggs.
Perhaps the only time when eggs should truly be avoided is when someone suffers from an allergy and may fare better to steer clear of eggs completely. Other than that there is no comprehensible reason to not include this dietary miracle food into your eating practices.