Dr Oz: Eggs & Cholesterol Concerns
There’s a good chance that you’ve heard some bad news about eggs in terms of your health. So many people have decided to either avoid or only eat the whites, but the truth is that even the Heart Association says one egg per person can be part of a healthy diet plan. The egg yolk contains folic acid, protein, minerals, vitamins, and nutrient for eye health. But most of the concerns were about cholesterol.
Dr Oz then explained that an egg contains 186 milligrams of cholesterol, all of which is contained in the yolk. People believe that if they eat that much cholesterol, it will raise the amount of cholesterol in your blood. A high amount of cholesterol in the blood can certainly result in heart disease. But does eating cholesterol actually raise your blood cholesterol? The truth is that it doesn’t!
Dr Oz added that the real issue is what you’re eating the egg with! The bacon, ham, and sausage is the culprit, as well as the butter or you could be using to fry the egg.
Dr Oz: Brown VS White Eggs
Next, do you believe that a brown egg is healthier than a white egg? If you do, you’ve been fooled! The truth is that there is no difference between the two, and the egg found inside is the exact same in both. White eggs come white chicken and brown eggs come from brown or red chickens. So then why do brown eggs cost more? Once again, it comes down to the chickens. The brown-feathered chickens are bigger, require more feed, and are more expensive to raise, which means you have to pay more for their eggs.
Dr Oz: How Long Do Eggs Last Past Expiration Date?
Third, do you really have to throw away eggs once they’ve reached their expiration date? Actually, you should look at the end of the carton. There’s a 3 digit code that tells you the day the eggs were put into the carton. For example, if the number is 098, it was put in the carton on day 98, of April 8. Then there’s the processing plant number, which tells you where the eggs came from. Finally is the expiration date, which is the sell-by date. By law, the date has to be no more than 30 days after the packaging date.
America’s Test Kitchen actually tested eggs one, two, three, and four months past the sell-by date. The four month eggs were still edible, but had a slight “refrigerator taste.” To help make your eggs last the longest, store your eggs in the coldest part of your refrigerator. You should also keep the eggs in the cardboard carton.
Dr Oz: Make An Easy-Peel Egg
Next, Julia from America’s Test Kitchen answered some pressing egg questions. She first shared a tip for easily peeling an egg. First, instead of boiling your eggs, you should steam them. Put eggs in a steamer basket over an inch of boiling water. Steam them for 13 minutes then take them out and immediately put them in ice water. Then put the eggs into a Tupperware container and shake them. The shells will then come right off!
Julia then wondered what size egg was best. She explained that sizes really do matter, and most recipes call for large eggs, which is why that’s what she typically recommends.
As for cooking with eggs, Julia loves making egg muffins. She mixed vegetables, eggs, and milk with a little salt and pepper, before adding them to a greased muffin tin. These mini omelets make for a great, healthy, on-the-go breakfast.