I love breakfast! I know it’s an important meal, but for me, it’s one of my favorites. Like most of us, from time to time, I eat breakfast or brunch at restaurant.
I have pretty high standards when it comes to food, but for the most part, I can find something to eat on just about any menu. Every now and then I’ll ask to have something modified (extra vegetables, no bun, sauce on the side) to suit my needs.
For years I’ve been telling people that whole eggs (including the yolk) are good for you. Whole eggs contain an amazing nutrient called choline. Choline can boost brain function, prevent liver damage and detoxify the liver. Not bad!
Needless to say, one of the most popular items on a breakfast menu people eat when they dine out is eggs. Among egg items, scrambled eggs and omelets are a couple favorites. Chances are, however, the scrambled eggs or omelet you think you’re eating is far from just eggs.
Most restaurants yield to bagged eggs to make their scrambled eggs and omelets. Arriving at the restaurant in 30-pound bags, this pool of eggy yellow contains a bunch of ingredients (other than the egg itself) that can really do a number on your health. Here are a couple screen shot of actual liquid egg ingredients from a couple popular restaurant food distributors:
As you can see, you’re getting a lot more than what you ordered. These two particular varieties contain trans fats, an ingredient even the American Heart Association deems as harmful to our health.
If you have allergies or food sensitivities and think you’re getting eggs cooked in a little oil, be sure to ask if the eggs are whole or from bags.
You love eggs when you go out for breakfast. Now what?
- Eggs are healthy and good – in their whole form – so go ahead an order them that way!
- You can always request that the omelet or scrambled eggs you order be made from whole eggs. Many restaurants will refuse to do to prevent contamination from the bacteria listeria.
- Order egg white only omelets. I know this isn’t ideal, but a majority of liquid egg whites do NOT contain the same ingredients found above. In fact, many of them contain egg whites alone.
Now get out there and enjoy your eggs…preferably in their whole form! If you need more ideas for how to eat healthy, lose weight and feel great, buy my book The Belly Burn Plan!
(1) “Light & Fluffy Texture ESL®.” Sunny Fresh™ Light & Fluffy Texture. Accessed April 15, 2015. http://www.sunnyfresh.com/cb/sf/Products/LiquidEggs/ScrambledSelections/NA3031647.jsp.
(2)”Refrigerated Liquid Eggs.” Accessed April 15, 2015. http://michaelfoods.com/foodservice/pdf/MICHAEL-FOODS-PAPETTIS-EASY-EGGS-DETAILS.pdf.