We know what the old FDA guidelines used to say about eggs and cholesterol, but they were just given the green light by the same organization and you know what they say: When you know better, do better. So every a.m., you’re free to--and should--get crackin’. Eggs, that is.
There is a catch: You’re going to have to eat them whole. While egg whites have long been touted as the healthier, leaner alternative to the incredible, edible breakfast food, recent research makes a compelling argument for keeping the yolk. The sunny yellow center holds key vitamins and fat that actually boost your body’s ability to burn stored fat--especially if you eat them in the morning.
Reaching for that higher-fat meal--like a couple of eggs, cooked however you like--instead of a higher-carb meal (think: a bagel or cereal) may boost your body’s ability to meet dietary challenges later in the day, according to a 2010 study published in the International Journal of Obesity. Loading up on fat later in the day lead to weight gain, fat gain, and increased markers for metabolic syndrome while none of these negative side effects happened if the meal was eaten earlier in the day. The first meal you eat in the day appears to set up your metabolism for the rest of the day, according to the senior author of the study. If you eat carbs, your body is ready to burn carbs. If, however, you eat fat, your body appears to be able to use either fat or carbs for fuel, so it will hold onto less.
Eggs aren’t just nutritionally incredible thanks to their protein and fat content, though. They also boast a healthy amount of the B vitamin choline, which is linked to how our genes controlling metabolism are expressed. Pregnant women can actually help set their children up for healthy hormone expression throughout their entire lives by getting enough of this oft-overlooked vitamin in their diets, according to a study published in The FASEB Journal. The vitamin is directly tied to hormone expression, including pesky cortisol--the stress hormone that, among other things, encourages our bodies to store fat. But, again, you’ll have to eat the yolk to reap the rewards.
Recent studies are in favor of adding eggs to your diet in the morning, but it might be difficult for you to find time to cook them as you’re rushing to get ready for your day. Instead of trying to squeeze cooking into your already hectic morning, simply hard-boil big batches of eggs over the weekend and keep them in the fridge. (Treat two of the eggs as one serving.) You’ll have grab-and-go breakfasts or mid-morning snacks for the whole week without carving out any extra time in your morning--or sacrificing any of your much-needed sleep. We have a time-saving trick that will help you prep a week’s worth of this protein without even boiling a pot of water.
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