Eggs! Glorious Eggs!
Diets have changed radically over the last 50 years, and coincidentally so has the heart disease epidemic. So, it was really easy to make a correlation between the shift away from diets consisting predominantly of being plant based, to that of being animal based. Apparently 50 years ago the diet on average, consisted of grains, beans, peas, nuts, potatoes, vegetables, and fruit and transitioned by the 1940’s to that of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. Thus there was a crusade against heart disease by the late 1940’s implicating cholesterol as the culprit. The blame was on cholesterol laden foods such as meat and eggs mostly. By the 1990’s it was identified that mono unsaturated fats lower LDL cholesterol and raised HDL. The irony is the principle fat in red meat, eggs, and bacon is not saturated fat. However, the very same unsaturated fat is in olive oil.
In 1958 there was a book published called “This Slimming Business” in which the author noted that the treatment for obesity was in the carbohydrate restricted diet. Avoiding the calories of bread and potatoes, you could still eat meat, cheese, and eggs, increasing portion sizes as long as you don’t have bread, potatoes, or pasta. Obesity was determined by this author that the extra fat being consumed at that time was what was being mixed together in cakes and biscuits and ice cream and the author suggested “if you remove the carbohydrates obesity will no longer be an issue.”.
So, by the 1980’s the idea of having a meat, egg, and cheese diet was presented as being unappetizing and couldn’t possibly satisfy the desire for food if the diet doesn’t allow for starches, flour, sugar, and beer.
Unfortunately, the notion that obesity has to do with carbohydrate intake was overridden with the belief that it is actually the dietary fat consumed that is responsible for obesity and new diets were presented to the public that targeted fat alone, restricting butter, oils, meat, eggs, and dairy products.
The average American diet of today includes 140-150 pounds of sugar and high fructose corn syrup intake each year, 200 pounds of flour and grain, 130 pounds of potatoes, and 27 pounds of corn. Gary Taubes book Good Calories, Bad Calories suggests that it would be very interesting to create a study to see if the consumption of these carbohydrates in the average American diet causes weight gain and chronic disease.
He suggests that it would be very interesting to pit this average American diet against a diet containing mostly meat, fish, fowl, eggs, and cheese, and leafy green vegetables in order to be able to determine once and for all if a diet high in fat, saturated fat and calorie dense foods (as conventional wisdom of the medical community suggests) actually causes heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Essentially we are talking about the Keto diet. A main stay of the Keto diet that I have embraced is eating essentially that, eggs, cheese, and meat. I have cut out milk but I do drink cream. I am always on the look out for new ways to create delicious recipes for all of the above.
So the other day when I was at Walmart I came across something called ‘Ggglets’. Little silicone cups to put an egg in to cook. I love poached eggs and this seems to be a combination between poaching an egg and boiling an egg. If you don’t like peeling eggs then this might be an interesting way to have an alternative. I find it was easier to get the egg out of the little silicone cup than it has been at times to get the egg out of the poaching cup. It also provides another way to make an individual omelette (if you screw the lid on correctly). I think that as a quick and easy source of egg making it is a bit more time consuming. It is an unconventional, good for a bit of kitchen fun, will go in a drawer and not be used often kitchen gadget.
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