The Egg Episode

baby eating egg

Children like to eat eggs, but are they healthy?  We know that eggs contain cholesterol, and this may be bad for heart health and also increase the risk for strokes.  Are there benefits to eating eggs?  How many eggs are too many eggs?  There are so many egg choices at the market, how do you choose?  We discuss cholesterol concerns, the nutritional value of eggs, how they can best fit into your child’s diet, and also the benefits and cautions about backyard chickens.  Plus Dr. Lena gives some hints how to stretch an egg!

This episode written by Dr. Dean Blumberg and Dr. Lena van der List.

 We thank Senior Outpatient Dietitian Staci Collins, RD, CNSC, Clinical Nutrition Services at UC Davis Children's Hospital for reviewing this episode, although Drs. Dean and Lena take responsibility for any errors or misinformation.

We also thank Dr. Dean’s mother-in-law, Gen Steinfeld, for her recipe for Gen's steamed egg (below)

The egg spreads out in the pan and has the texture of a (non-crunchy) fried egg. There’s no added butter or oil.
  1. Put a little water in a small saucepan, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Crack an egg into the pan and cover with a lid.
  3. Turn the heat to low.
  4. The egg will be cooked in about 3 minutes.

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Photo from Egg Farmers of Canada