Eggs are easily the most simple yet versatile ingredient used in cooking. Chicken eggs are widely used in many types of dishes, both sweet and savory. Eggs can be refrigerated, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, scrambled, fried and pickled.
Whites of the egg are healthier as they are low in calories, high in protein and do not raise cholesterol levels. They are called the 100 percent reference protein since they contain all the essential amino acids required for growth and regular wear and tear of the muscles. Consuming egg whites daily will show a marked improvement in energy levels, stamina, weight loss, better hair quality and texture and reduced hair loss. Egg whites are strongly recommended to be added to every individual's diet for it's nutritional value and all round improvement in health. No wonder it's known to be a poor mans rich diet.
Raw eggs are not healthy food at all. An egg may be found to harbor salmonella bacteria which can be passed on by the hen or can enter through the cracked shells, so eating raw eggs should be avoided.
People with cholesterol should avoid eating egg yolk and people suffering from constipation should avoid eating eggs. Many people have egg allergies as they react to the protein in the egg.
If a boiled egg is overcooked, a greenish ring sometimes appears around the egg yolk. This is for the manifestation of iron and sulfur compounds in the egg. The green ring does not affect the egg's taste, but overcooking however harms the quality of the protein.
For those who do not consume eggs, there are other alternatives which can be used for baking or binding purpose such as, ground flax seeds, potato flour, tofu, apple sauce, arrowroot and banana.
The simplest way to preserve an egg is to treat it with salt. Salt draws water out of bacteria and molds, which prevents their growth.
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