It’s quite simple to understand what an egg is and what it’s purpose is. Just like the eggs a human woman releases, a female chicken releases one too. Every month a human woman releases an egg in the form of a period when it’s not fertilised to become a baby. In the same way, when an egg of a chicken isn’t fertilised by a male, it has no purpose and is discarded (Humans however think its purpose is to be eaten by them but I’m going to explain why not within this post) The process is as simple as the joining of a cock’s sperm (yes, I just Said cock’s sperm) and a hen’s ovum. Then hen’s egg is full of proteins, fats, cholesterol, vitamins and minerals to promote the rapid growth of a baby chick. Within the general public, eggs have gone back and forth from being considered healthy due to the protein, vitamins and minerals the egg contains and also unhealthy due to the cholesterol and saturated fat levels. However, the components of a cooked egg (in any form) are absorbed through our intestines and thus our body is provided with too much cholesterol, fat and protein for our body to process due to the high concentrations of each. Egg protein is a common allergy in infants, children and adults which begs to ask the question why many of our bodies are rejecting the protein if this protein is supposedly so healthy for us? Eggs are high in fat which promotes obesity and type-2 diabetes. Eggs are high in cholesterol and therefore promote the formation of cholesterol gallstones and gallbladder problems. Eggs are also considered a high-risk food poisoning food as salmonella can grow and survive if found within the eggs constituents such as the yolk and therefore is one of the most likely source of food poisonings caused by Salmonella.
Eggs are known to be a good source of B group vitamins, Vitamin A and D, Iron and Phosphorous but let’s compare vegan sources of these nutrients to that of an egg.
VEGAN SOURCES OF B GROUP VITAMINS:
(that are low in fat and contain 0 dietary cholesterol)
– wholegrain bread/cereal
– breads and cereals (fortified)
– yeast (such as nutritional yeast)
– almonds and almond products (such as almond butter)
– almond milk
– wholegrains breads and cereals
– brown rice
– fortified breakfast cereals
– nutritional yeast
– fortified nut milks
The reason why Vegans can only get Vitamin B12 from fortified products is because neither plants nor animals can naturally synthesize the vitamin. This vitamin can only be made by bacteria. When animals such as a cow eat their food, they eat a lot of dirt with it and therefore consume a lot of bacteria. Due to their consumption of the bacteria, Vitamin B12 accumulates within the tissues of their bodies and therefore humans get this vitamin by consuming the tissues of an animal. Although plants come from the ground and are also covered in bacteria, all our plant products are washed to remove all (or as much as possible) of the dirt and bacteria and therefore this vitamin cannot be sourced by the consumption of plant foods and is therefore suggested to be supplemented if choosing to eat a vegan diet to ensure you get adequate amounts of this vitamin. However, many people hat choose to consume meat and dairy products are lacking in this vitamin as well and it is good to look in to your levels and consult with your medical professionals as to whether supplementation is needed.
VEGAN SOURCES OF VITAMIN A:
– -Orange fleshed fruit and vegetables (oranges, carrots, mandarins, etc.)
– Dark green fruit and vegetable
VEGAN SOURCES OF VITAMIN D:
– The SUN
– Fortified cereal foods
VEGAN IRON SOURCES:
– Leafy vegetables
– Fortified cereals
– Dried apricots
VEGAN PHOSPHOROUS SOURCES:
– Found in most foods
– Especially in Nuts
IT’S BETTER TO CONSUME THESE FOODS WITHOUT THE CHOLESTEROL, SATURATED FATS, HORMONES, ANIMAL PROTEIN AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL CONTAMINANTS.
** keep in mind that some fortified bread and cereals aren’t always the healthiest option due to added salts, sugars, fats and preservatives. It is always best to get vitamins and minerals from whole food sources.**
Some links about Eggs and Health: