Eggs: The Superfood We Adore

Health Benefits of EggsRecent nutritional research led by Dr. Salerno, Medical Director at The Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine in NYC, conflicts with the popular notion that eggs, when regularly eaten, are dreadfully harmful to the cardiovascular system, which is a common health misconception found throughout today’s modern society. On the contrary, an egg contains numerous vitamins and minerals, is cost-effective, and easy to prepare, but more importantly, its benefits heavily outweigh any negatives

So why are eggs constantly being demonized in the media? To begin with, they contain cholesterol and saturated fat, but because Dr. Ancel Keys, an early leader in the field of disarming fats nutritional worthiness in the ’50s, fat is no longer generally understood as being healthy. The cholesterol observed in an egg is a complete meal, with a biological value index over 100, and a Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Index of 1.0, making eggs one the most potent sources of protein on the planet. The BV Index, a measure of how much protein is absorbed from a food into the blood, is a great tool for effectively showing the digestibility of certain food classes. In addition, the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score, or PDCAAS, evaluates the protein quality based on human intake requirements and its overall usefulness. Aside from all that science, what about that unhealthy yolk that all your friends keep telling you to toss in the garbage? Well, it just so happens it’s chock full of high levels of Folate, Protein, Potassium, Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and many more to support heart, glucose, brain, and skin health.

If you break down the nutritional value of an egg you can see why it is one of the top foods to adore in Dr. Salerno’s new Silver Cloud Diet book. The book works to demystify fats dietary role on the face of good health and reshape eater’s food choices by selectively choosing natural, organic, low carbohydrate recipes. What most individuals don’t realize is that there has never been a direct correlation between heart disease and dietary cholesterol that’s ever been proven. Also, cholesterol is completely necessary for neurological, cellular, and hormonal health. Keep all that in mind the next time you decide to skip the grass-fed organic bacon and eggs for something breaded, sugary, and processed. And if that’s not convincing enough, an egg has 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of healthy saturated fat!

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important part of the day, and, if so, you should take note of this great egg recipe called Dijon Egg and Salmon Salad featured in the Silver Cloud Diet book. More than that, it makes for an excellent healthy summertime dish and a great accompaniment to any friendly barbeque event.

Makes 2 servings:

  • 2 large eggs, hard-cooked, peeled, and finely chopped
  • 1 cup canned salmon, drained
  • ¼ cup strawberries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
  • ¼ cup toasted, slivered almonds
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
  • 6 leaves red tipped lettuce
  • 1 cup radish sprouts
  • Radishes for garnish

Stir together the chopped eggs, tuna, strawberries, onion, lemon zest, almonds, mayonnaise, and mustard. Season to taste with freshly milled black pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

To serve, spread egg-tuna onto a piece of ruffled red lettuce and sprouts. Serve garnished with radishes (as many as you want).

Nutritional readout: 403 calories, FAT 27g., PROTEIN 33g., CARB 10g., FIBER 4g.