For a while, eggs were not considered a very healthy food option. They have a lot of cholesterol (about ⅔ of what is recommended per day), and the concern was that they would contribute to heart disease. However, the real problem has been named – saturated fats – so it is okay for adults to eat one egg a day.
This change is good news, since eggs are packed with nutritious benefits. They are low-calorie, but have 7 grams of protein. Other important vitamins and minerals include iron and carotenoids that help with brain development, memory, and eyesight.
People have been eating eggs for millennia. The modern chicken egg is believed to have originated from wild birds from Southeast India and Asia as far back as 7500 B.C. The United States eats eggs in a variety of ways, from boiled to fried and in various dishes, but the rest of the world has their own unique twist on the food. Argentina has a dish called matambre, which is made from finely-sliced flank steak that is stuffed with veggies, herbs, and hard-boiled eggs. China has what is called a “century egg,” which is a duck, quail, or chicken egg that’s been aged a few months in a mixture of clay, salt, and rice. The result is very salty and gel-like. In India, eggs in curry dishes are very popular sources of protein, since a large number of the population doesn’t eat meat.
Another globally-popular egg dish is the omelette. They are quick and customizable, so they work for any meal. The following recipe is for a basic French omelette, which is a great option for a fast, nutritious breakfast.
2 teaspoons butter
Optional fillings (cheese, meat, veggies)
Begin by whisking the eggs in a bowl and seasoning with salt and pepper. Prepare the skillet over medium-high heat and evenly melt the butter. Pour in eggs and tilt the skillet so the eggs coat the whole bottom. After about 1-2 minutes, the edges of the omelette should be crisp, while the center looks custardy. If you’re using cheese or other optionals, add them to the center of the omelette and fold in half. Slide the completed omelette onto a plate and enjoy!