Bill eyeballed the hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator and
delicious egg salad sandwiches
was the lunch order!
Not so long ago, the "powers that be" alerted us regarding eggs because of the high cholesterol count in egg yolks. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Eggs are naturally high in cholesterol. But the cholesterol in eggs doesn't seem to raise cholesterol levels the way other cholesterol-containing foods do, such as trans fats and saturated fats." Most healthy people can eat up to 7 eggs per week without raising their risk of heart disease.
In fact, eggs aren't the culprit, it's the bacon, sausage and ham that generally accompany the eggs, plus the way they and other foods are cooked, fried in butter and oil.
Now, research has found that eggs raise the HDL level ~ the good cholesterol, that our bodies need. The latest Federal dietary guidelines no longer state the strict dietary cholesterol restraints which previously led people to limit the amount of eggs in their diet.
I have no idea what is correct regarding eggs, but Julia Child's advise seems perfect: "Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health."
|Oil painting, "Basket of Eggs" by Henri Horace Roland De La Porte|
“We are probably more embracing of eggs within a heart-healthy dietary pattern than we were 20 years ago, but it’s still a source of dietary cholesterol,” said Jo Ann Carson, professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Eating an egg a day as a part of a healthy diet for healthy individuals is a reasonable thing to do.”
Another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that eating at least 12 eggs a week for three months did not increase cardiovascular risk factors for people with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. That result went hand-in-hand with a healthy diet designed to help study participants lose weight. Really?
There is so much information out there about the whole cholesterol controversy, it's like we're being jerked around, first it's bad, then it's good, back and forth.
More research is needed to figure out the exact link between eggs, diabetes and heart disease.
As an aside, my farmer grandfather ate 2 scrambled eggs every meal, this was his way for many years, and he lived well into his 80's, and had a relatively healthy cardiovascular system. In other words, it most likely depends upon the general health of the individual eating the eggs...
This is easy classic egg salad, but you may like other mix-ins such as chopped chives, black olives, chopped dill pickles, chopped celery, Dijon mustard, Miracle Whip, Greek yogurt, a little lemon juice or herbs.
I go easy on the mayonnaise to avoid a sloppy mess, but really I'm not a huge fan of the stuff. Maybe you'd even like a couple of slices of crisp bacon to top the egg salad!
Years ago, I learned from Bill, a sandwich such as this begs for toasted bread. It truly makes all the difference in the world!
The sandwiches were delicious with just the right amount of the usual ingredients. Also, check out those potato chips...
Eggs are undoubtedly better for us than chips, but I love chips with a sandwich and am always on the lookout for that slightly burnt or brown chip in a bag of potato chips, it’s like hitting the jackpot! That’s how the whole bag of Mrs. Fisher’s Dark Potato Chips (an Illinois product) looks! I was surprised when Bill came home with a bag of them from the grocery store, had no idea they were even sold!
They’re a hearty, large chip with a sturdy texture, made from Idaho potatoes as opposed to the regular spuds the company uses. The sugar content in the Idaho potato is a tad higher, causing caramelization which gives the chips that burnt brown appearance.
The chips are a rich crispy taste that is perfect anytime, but especially good with these tasty egg salad sandwiches.
So enjoy an egg salad sandwich, eat a few chips and maybe skip the bacon on it!
This was the best simple little lunch!