This is a shout out to my eggs...
Hello WW Fam!
I’m Paul (ww_paul on Insta and you can see my WW success story here) and I was delighted to have this opportunity to write a blog about how eggcellent, eggciting and eggstraordinary eggs are. Okay, I’ll stop with that! But seriously, eggs are one of my favourite ZeroPoint™ foods - and that’s saying a lot since there are over 200 ZeroPoint foods on the WW Freestyle™ programme.
Later in the blog, I’ll be trying out some of the delicious recipes in the new Eggs cookbook to showcase just how versatile eggs are. However, first I wanted to touch on some of the incredible health benefits of eggs.
The cholesterol question
First of all, lots of people think eating too many eggs is bad for you because they're high in cholesterol. Eggs are high in cholesterol - they're the richest sources of cholesterol in the diet, in fact.
However, it's important to note that cholesterol in our food doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood.
Clinical studies show that around 70% of the population have minimal responses to dietary cholesterol challenges via egg intake. Those with a significant response experienced an increase in both LDL (or 'bad' cholesterol) and HDL ('good' cholesterol) and typically maintain their LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio.1,2
Higher levels of HDL are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.3
Eggs are also an amazing source of high quality protein, with more than half the protein content in the egg white alone. Their high protein content means they keep us fuller for longer, which can help prevent overeating.
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A true zero hero
Of course, one of the greatest benefits of eggs is that they have a SmartPoints® value of...zero! This brings me to the new Eggs cookbook, which makes eggs the star of the show in a selection of tasty recipes.
I’ll start with the black bean shakshuka. I love this recipe because as well as using eggs, it also takes advantage of many other ZeroPoint foods to keep it low on SmartPoints.
It was so moreish and at just 1 SmartPoint, I could go back for seconds without worrying about my Budget. I had it for brunch and it kept me going all day until I had a late dinner. I won’t lie, I mopped it up with some garlic bread!
Next up, I tried the mushroom florentine omelette. I know what you’re thinking – it’s an omelette, why do you need a recipe for that? But this was no ordinary omelette. It was packed with flavours that you’d never think to incorporate into an omelette such as garlic, herbs and ricotta.
The recipe used two eggs, but guess what? I doubled it and put two more in - I was hungry and eggs are 0SP so it was a win-win for me!
It got me thinking about omelettes – usually it's cracking a couple of eggs, shoving in a few fillings, done. But this recipe helped me to realise I can really enhance the flavour of an omelette with different spices and herbs.
The Eggs cookbook also provides another Florentine recipe, this time for pizza! The egg part is simple – crack an egg on top and bake. I do this all the time, and you can see an example in my previous WW blog which is all about zero heroes. I made a pizza using a WW wrap as a base.
It can sometimes be difficult to think of things to make with something as simple as an egg, but the new WW cookbook definitely gives you food for thought and inspires you to think more creatively than scrambled eggs! I heartily recommend it.
Get your copy of the new Eggs cookbook for just £5.95, at your local Studio or on the WW Shop.
1. Dietary Cholesterol, Serum Lipids, and Heart Disease: Are Eggs Working for or Against You? Nutrients, 2018 Apr; 10(4): 426
2. Dietary cholesterol provided by eggs and plasma lipoproteins in healthy populations. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 9(1):8–12, Jan 2006
3. Dietary Cholesterol, Serum Lipids, and Heart Disease: Are Eggs Working for or Against You? Nutrients, 2018 Apr; 10(4): 426