Chances are the Easter Bunny left more hard-cooked eggs than your family could eat over the weekend. Thankfully, if you store them properly, they can last for another week, providing healthy options for meals and snacks throughout the day.
While some experts think that eggs aren't as healthy as they are cracked up to be, recent studies have defended their health benefits.
Studies from Harvard Medical School reveal that people who eat one egg daily do not have higher rates of heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiovascular disease than those who do not. In fact, one Harvard study published in 2018 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who were free from heart disease and diabetes who routinely ate eggs had a lower risk of death from stroke and heart disease compared with those who did not eat eggs.
Top nutritionist Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., also known as "The Nutrition Myth Buster," tells Newsmax that he thinks eggs — especially the yolk — are a terrific food.
"The cholesterol in eggs has virtually no effect on the cholesterol in your blood," he says. "The fat in the egg yok is mostly monounsaturated fat, the same kind found in olive oil! Many of the nutrients that make eggs so incrediblly healthy are found in the yolk. For example, lutein and zeaxanthin, two members of the carotenoid family are essential for eye health, and choline is important for brain health."
According to the Food Network, eggs should be stored in their shell in the refrigerator for seven days. Peeled, hard-cooked eggs stored in the refrigerator should be consumed within 48 hours, according to egg expert Deana R. Jones, Ph.D., a research food technologist at the U.S. National Poultry Research Center, UDSA Agricultural Research Service, Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit.
Jones recommends storing the cooked eggs in a clean, sealed bag in the coolest part of your refrigerator on the shelves or in the drawers or compartments — not in the door where they will be exposed to warm air every time it is opened. Write a date on the bag so you'll know when they should be consumed. Always keep raw and cooked eggs separate, says the expert.
You can use your sliced, hard cooked eggs on toast in the morning, chop them over leafy greens for your lunch salad, or eat them between meals as an easy 80-calorie snack. Deviled eggs are perfect for a pre-dinner appetizer, and, of course, egg salad is a classic standby any time of the day.
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