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Eggs are nutritious, but you can make your eggs even healthier. Here are five tips to cook super healthy eggs:
1. Choose a Low-Calorie Cooking Method
If you are trying to cut back on calories, choose poached or boiled eggs. These cooking methods don’t add any extra fat calories, so the meal will be lower in calories than fried or scrambled eggs or an omelet.
2. Combine Them With Vegetables
Eggs go really well with vegetables. This means that eating eggs is a great opportunity to boost your vegetable intake and add extra fiber and vitamins to your meal.
Some simple ideas include adding the vegetables of your choice into an omelet or scrambled eggs, like in this recipe. Or simply cook the eggs whichever way you want and have vegetables on the side.
3. Fry Them in an Oil That’s Stable at High Temperatures
The best oils for cooking at high heat, like when pan frying, are those that remain stable at high temperatures and don’t oxidize easily to form harmful free radicals.
Examples of good choices include extra virgin olive oil and butter. Coconut oil is also a good choice for high-heat cooking, but some people may not like the taste with eggs.
4. Choose the Most Nutritious Eggs You Can Afford
The nutritional quality of eggs can be influenced by a number of factors, including the farming method and chicken’s diet (25).
In general, pasture-raised and organic eggs are thought to be nutritionally superior to caged and conventionally-produced eggs.
This article goes into detail about the nutritional differences between eggs produced by different methods.
5. Don’t Overcook Them
The longer and hotter you cook your eggs, the more nutrients you may lose.
Using higher heat for longer may also increase the amount of oxidized cholesterol they contain. This is particularly true of pan frying.
To make your eggs as healthy as possible, choose a low-calorie cooking method, combine them with vegetables, fry them in a heat-stable oil and don’t overcook them.