FoodEggs for breakfast every day for a week: The unexpected health benefits and delicious surprises

Eggs for breakfast every day for a week: The unexpected health benefits and delicious surprises

Eggs for breakfast
Eggs for breakfast
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6:04 PM EST, December 16, 2023

Eggs are not inherently bad for you. If you combine them with healthy accompaniments, they are devoid of any danger. The situation can change if you decide to scramble them with high-fat ingredients like bacon or sausage. I made a conscious decision to avoid such combinations. Throughout the week, I consumed eggs in various forms - hard-boiled, poached, soft-boiled, and classic scrambled. Most often, I opted for boiled, as experts deem this the healthiest. This is my preferred way of consuming eggs, and I reach for this option regularly.

What are the benefits of eating eggs?

Before I delve into the benefits and changes I noted, let's discuss the nutritional content of eggs. This is crucial as it influences our understanding of their impact on our bodies. Predominantly, eggs are packed with easily digestible proteins, which are essential for bodybuilding and satiety. They offer a good source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, several B-vitamins (such as folate/B9 - essential for pregnant women - and vitamins B2 and B12). Other nutrients present in eggs are calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron, selenium, and iodine. Eggs also contain unsaturated fatty acids, indicating that it's valuable to include them in our diets beyond occasional celebrations.

There are numerous egg-based diets. In one, the recommendation is to consume eggs three times a day. Unfortunately, because it is low in calories, it should not be continued for more than two weeks. The plan includes green vegetables, selected fruits, and lean meats, in addition to eggs. Despite the effectiveness of this diet, it can negatively impact health and result in a yo-yo effect. I read a lot about this diet, but quickly disregarded it and decided to approach it my way.

My week of eating eggs for breakfast

Throughout the week, eggs became the cornerstone of my breakfasts. Since I enjoy eating eggs in any form, it was an easy challenge for me. They always taste delightful, and you can prepare them in multiple ways. I fondly recall my mother's egg spread, which holds a unique and incomparable taste. To this day, I find it irresistible.

Hard-boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs© editorial

I adopted an understated approach, emphasizing the eggs themselves. I consumed two eggs every morning, which seemed sufficient. Alongside them, I added various extras - usually vegetables (usually tomatoes), ham, and various sauces. My breakfast routine was simple:

  • DAY 1 - hard-boiled eggs,
  • DAY 2 - shakshuka,
  • DAY 3 - hard-boiled eggs,
  • DAY 4 - scrambled eggs with tomatoes,
  • DAY 5 - hard-boiled eggs,
  • DAY 6 - soft-boiled eggs,
  • DAY 7 - omelette with ham and cheese.

The outcome of my culinary test

The most impactful change was that I began eating healthier meals. Before this, I couldn't envision my mornings without a bowl of sweet cereal. Now, I opt for balanced dishes including eggs in various forms. This helps me stay full for longer, reducing unnecessary snacking. My tendency to reach for sweet snacks has significantly decreased. Additionally, starting the day with an egg-based breakfast provides me with a sustained energy boost. As a result, I've noticed a reduction in after-meal drowsiness.

Eggs for breakfast is a good idea.
Eggs for breakfast is a good idea.© editorial

An unexpected yet welcome outcome was the improvement in the condition of my skin and nails. This can be attributed to the biotin present in egg yolks, which is only absorbed once cooked. My hair, which has experienced damage throughout my life, has yet to show improvement, but I remain optimistic as the body renews from the inside out, and such effects may take at least a month to manifest. However, I have observed a slight improvement in my previously dry skin and brittle nails.

Turkish style eggs
Turkish style eggs© Flickr
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