Thursday, February 24, 2005

Eggsellent question Fluffy

Fluffy says...

the tiny man is into hard boiled eggs, mostly because he has a egg cup in
the shape of Noddy and another in the shape of Big Ears. at least one a day. his
hard boiled daddy strongly suggests 2 a week is about right for egg consumption.
more would be "dangerous cholesterol intake". try telling daddy about "dangerous alcohol intake"! but i digress.

how many eggs is too many?


Haha it's a super egg! I love you Google Image

In food it’s rare to find an all-rounder. Something that’ll give you all that you need in one serving. Hell, let’s face it, it’s hard to find an all-rounder in any aspect of life. But The Egg… oh The Egg is a wondrous thing.

To build a little chicken you have to have some pretty impressive ingredients. So it makes sense that eggs have some rich components, like:

Protein
The protein content of The Egg is the bench mark for other foods. It is the only food that has all the essential amino acids (i.e. the ones the body can’t make). Every other food ever lacks at least one of these amino acids.

Muscle tissue is made from protein, therefore it stands to reason that if you’re going to make a baby chicken (awww) you’ll need all the essential amino acids.

Let’s not forget you need proteins forevs too. You’re constantly remaking yourself and you need the protein to build it up. Eggs are the best and cheapest source of achieving this. For example, 2 serves of The Egg is the equivalent to 1 serve of meat, at about a millionth of the cost. Yeah, a millionth.

In the case of Tiny Man his Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is 1.2g/kg and a large egg contributes 6g of high quality complete protein.

An egg a day will do no harm here.

Vi-tamins (or as the delightful English would say Vit-amins)
The Egg is RICH, that’s right RICH, in vitamins and minerals. We all know we need vitamins and minerals, so I won’t go there.

However because eggs have both a fat soluble phase (the yolk) and a water soluble phase (the white) The Egg has both oil and water soluble vitamins. Brilliant!

Oil Soluble Vitamins (and the Nutrient Daily Values for 2 Large Eggs): A (12%), D (12%), E (6%).

Water Soluble Vitamins (and the Nutrient Daily Values for 2 Large Eggs): B12 (16%), B6­­ (8%), B9 aka Folate (12%), B2 aka Riboflavin (30%), B1 aka Thiamine (4%).

Here no harm. Robbo?

Cholesterol
This is the scary bit right? Well, no, not really...

Yes, The Egg contains cholesterol and a reasonable amount too. But before you get all “meh, meh, meh… cholesterol is bad,” read this and this and this .

There, feel better?

Oh, you didn’t read the links… pisht, lazy! Fine, here's the goss:

Cholesterol is made by the body, we don’t actually need to eat it because we make enough. It’s used around the place in such useful bio-thingy’s as:

-Bile acids which allow the body to absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive tract,
-Making steroid hormones,
-Starting material for the synthesis of vitamin D (the sun one).

Eating cholesterol will not necessarily raise the blood cholesterol level. The liver will just make a little less, because you’ve eaten some.

As far as I’m concerned the cholesterol is not the baddie here. It’s the kids he hangs with. Blood cholesterol either hangs with LDL (low density lipoprotein) or HDL (high density lipoprotein).

LDL is a bad egg (so to speak). He’s taking ‘bad’ fats out into the blood stream from the liver to store in adipose tissue. HDL on the other hand is a good kid who likes to gently carry fats from tissue to the liver (to be converted into something else). Don’t we all just love HDL right now. You suck LDL!

Also the amount of cholesterol you have in your blood is directly related to your weight. If you’re overweight you’ll have higher blood cholesterol. Ergo, if you’re doctor tells you your cholesterol is too high, it probably means you’re overweight.

See cholesterol isn’t so scary. He’s just got a bad wrap, yo.


Now to specifically address Tiny Man…

*fishes around in bag trying to find a stamp*

No, wait wrong kind of address. Regroup Sugar....

Sorry, ok.

*ahem*


Tiny people are growing fast. The Egg a day will not harm him, in fact it’s probably the best time of his life to be eating The Egg so much.

If Tiny Man were a middle aged overweight man with diabetes I’d have to change my tune a little, but at this stage let him, Noddy and Big Ears spend a little time together (careful though, you don't want Tiny Man to turn into a raging homosexual).

Kids are fickle and he’s probably over the whole egg thing by now anyway. But if you get too concerned buy him a Hooley Dooley’s spoon and give him a tub of yogurt.

27 Comments:

Blogger la nadine said...

just got back from lunch. an eggy, eggy brekafast/lunch. i believe they call it brunch in some circles.

anyway, thanks for reassuring me that i didn't just hurt my body by ingesting my second serve of eggs for the week.

2:51 pm  
Blogger fluffy said...

sugar. you are astounding. i am in a state of astoundment. you are also outstanding. i am giving you an outstanding ovation. a big thank you from me and the tiny man!

3:03 pm  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

i really did eggcel didn't i?

happy to help with all your gooey mess.

Oh! as for the gunge fluffy. the chewer is dreamin'. i've also heard the vinegar thing. and might i add: ew! could you even think about drinking vinegar, blah!

i don't know if the vinegar would work or not. it would definately change the pH of your mouth significantly which may be enough. i doubt it though.

and again with the ew on the drinking of the vinegar.

4:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sug
i have request
please tell me why our fav foods/bevs can trigger migraines (beer, chocolate, red wine, caffeine, the list goes on...). i get migraines and will have nothing left to consume if i cut out these babies.
life is unfair.

from afar
ps skiing rocked yeah!

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Blogger Ukulele said...

Why are they called googey eggs.

12:17 pm  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

googy eggs are eggs with the yolks still all runny... yum.

i've heard people call eggs 'googy eggs' all the time, perhaps that's because it's catchy.

EGGS!

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Blogger Ukulele said...

Do you know that a goog is also the tip of a full condom? So when someone says 'As full as a goog', they are not always meaning eggs

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Blogger sugar and spice said...

ewwwww.

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