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Eating Hard Boiled Eggs?

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Created May 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM

I usually hard boil up a dozen or so at a time and this is my mainstay for breakfast through out the week as I travel for work.

I am curious as what the thinking in the community here is on eating hb eggs. Go for the whole egg? Eat just the whites? Just curious on the thinking on this.

I would say on average I eat three hb omega 3 enriched eggs per day for breakfast along with some raw spinach, grape tomaotes, handful of nuts and coconut flakes as an example. Like I said I travel pretty much every day of the week for work and am out and gone very early so I eat and pack the majority of my meals for on the road except for dinner.

32d059a467e99a4fc83201407a4a238d

on September 24, 2012
at 12:37 AM

Sigh. I was with you until you criticized almond flour/coconut milk smoothies/whatev. Can we please move past this paleo purism? Fundamentally, paleo is about eating real food. Almond flour and coconut milk fit snugly within that category. If eating these nutrient-dense foods in whatever form helps people enjoy their diet, so be it.

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:58 AM

Most here don't follow Cordain which is why so many eat eggs quite freely.

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:09 PM

Second the cayenne!

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on August 18, 2010
at 08:49 PM

From ""Damn Dirty Grains"by RW : "This antinutrient concept is found in all eggs including those of birds and reptiles. Avidin binds to biotin, which is an important growth factor for bacteria. Hide away the biotin and it’s hard for the egg to spoil. These antinutrients are so powerful that avidin has even been genetically engineered into some grains… to extend their storage. Avidin is destroyed with cooking but phytates are not." Cooking is enough to destroy the Avidin in eggs.

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on May 25, 2010
at 06:31 PM

Jae, no citations, sorry. That is just what I've seen recommended through out the paleo/primal blogs.

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on May 25, 2010
at 03:38 PM

Any citation for this? I thought I read somewhere that the whites should ideally be firm, not runny, and the yolk should remain runny. But I can't find it, nor can I recall the rationale.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 25, 2010
at 03:14 PM

Had to look it up: http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2010/1/13/smoking-candy-cigarettes.html

8e606dbf570848c4bc95f98e974a42ca

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on May 25, 2010
at 02:26 PM

Agreed that is why I love Dr. Harris's "Smoking Candy Cigarettes" post so much.

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on May 25, 2010
at 08:46 AM

I "try" to get soy free eggs, but can be difficult to find

3b9d42283fabc4465c3223f2e7ba469a

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on May 25, 2010
at 01:23 AM

Yah, almond flour invalidates your paleo status for sure.

8e606dbf570848c4bc95f98e974a42ca

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on May 24, 2010
at 08:20 PM

I agree it is uber convienent. I will be curious as to the results of blood work I get done coming up in August. :) As for tea suggestions I recommend yerba mate. The tea bags are good but if you can learn to make the real deal that is best.

8e606dbf570848c4bc95f98e974a42ca

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on May 24, 2010
at 04:34 PM

Thanks. I have no issue with eating eggs or have noticed any kind of physical reaction even with everyday consumption. I was just curious if I was missing anything from a health and longevity sense and was wanted to hear some other people thoughts on the subject.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 24, 2010
at 10:22 PM

It doesn't make sense to pick and choose portions of an egg like this. Eggs are, for all intents and purposes, a "whole food".

To me, eating only the yolk or only the white reminds me of those crazies who make almond-flour cookies, and coconut milk smoothies, yet call themselves "paleo".

It's just too fine grained, if you ask me. Paleo shouldn't be about nutritionism ad absurdum.

3b9d42283fabc4465c3223f2e7ba469a

(35)

on May 25, 2010
at 01:23 AM

Yah, almond flour invalidates your paleo status for sure.

8e606dbf570848c4bc95f98e974a42ca

(312)

on May 25, 2010
at 02:26 PM

Agreed that is why I love Dr. Harris's "Smoking Candy Cigarettes" post so much.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 25, 2010
at 03:14 PM

Had to look it up: http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2010/1/13/smoking-candy-cigarettes.html

32d059a467e99a4fc83201407a4a238d

on September 24, 2012
at 12:37 AM

Sigh. I was with you until you criticized almond flour/coconut milk smoothies/whatev. Can we please move past this paleo purism? Fundamentally, paleo is about eating real food. Almond flour and coconut milk fit snugly within that category. If eating these nutrient-dense foods in whatever form helps people enjoy their diet, so be it.

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on June 02, 2010
at 01:09 AM

WHOLE EGG!! That yolk is MONEY!

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1340fe0b7e7b01683ea33042092e05d6

on May 24, 2010
at 04:45 PM

Rob Wolff commented on one of his pod-casts that the whites of eggs have a protein that can be a gut irritant, similar in the manner of gluten, in that we react with inflammation in varying levels on an individual level.

I guess this protein evolved from an evolutionary protection standpoint, to help eggs hatch instead of getting eaten by predators, and most of it is concentrated in the whites, not the yolks.

If there is any hierarchy to eating eggs, seems that the popular suggestions are to definitely eat the yolks (preferably over easy), and the whites as runny as you can stand if necessary. That gets followed by eating the hard boiled yolks, as runny as possible, and so on...

1340fe0b7e7b01683ea33042092e05d6

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on May 25, 2010
at 06:31 PM

Jae, no citations, sorry. That is just what I've seen recommended through out the paleo/primal blogs.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on May 25, 2010
at 03:38 PM

Any citation for this? I thought I read somewhere that the whites should ideally be firm, not runny, and the yolk should remain runny. But I can't find it, nor can I recall the rationale.

D3801ac5b0a47bb60f7c56a8392db1fe

(80)

on August 18, 2010
at 08:49 PM

From ""Damn Dirty Grains"by RW : "This antinutrient concept is found in all eggs including those of birds and reptiles. Avidin binds to biotin, which is an important growth factor for bacteria. Hide away the biotin and it’s hard for the egg to spoil. These antinutrients are so powerful that avidin has even been genetically engineered into some grains… to extend their storage. Avidin is destroyed with cooking but phytates are not." Cooking is enough to destroy the Avidin in eggs.

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on June 02, 2010
at 01:13 AM

Whole egg- never just the whites. The youk is where the action is

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on May 24, 2010
at 04:16 PM

I think eggs are a very individual thing (like dairy). Many people have allergies to eggs--albeit usually quite mild. Omega 3, and especially pastured, eggs are often less likely to cause a reaction. If you can handle them, I say keep doing what you are doing.

8e606dbf570848c4bc95f98e974a42ca

(312)

on May 24, 2010
at 04:34 PM

Thanks. I have no issue with eating eggs or have noticed any kind of physical reaction even with everyday consumption. I was just curious if I was missing anything from a health and longevity sense and was wanted to hear some other people thoughts on the subject.

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on July 26, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Whole egg for sure.

I use the Egg Boil Pro app (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/boil-egg-pro/id544519315). The egg white and yolk come out perfect every time.

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:51 AM

If you read the paleo diet, Loren sets the guideline 6 eggs a week at most...and you should cook the eggs slowly to keep them from developing bad cholesterol you'll be putting in your body. Check it out.

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:58 AM

Most here don't follow Cordain which is why so many eat eggs quite freely.

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on August 18, 2010
at 07:36 PM

I love HB eggs and usually snack on them during the week. Try making a paleo-friendly Scotch Egg to change it up.

1 lb pork Any brand pork seasoning (mainly fennel, salt, pepper and cayanne) 6 HB eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a bowl, mix pork and seasoning. Flatten a piece of pork large enough to wrap around an entire egg. Make sure none of the egg is showing and you have a meatball sized ball of pork Bake in oven until pork is brown and crispy ~25 mins

These are great heated up as a lunch or cold with some fruit for breakfast.

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on June 02, 2010
at 12:36 AM

I have only read from doctor mercola's site that raw whites are no good for you. Personally I don't eat raw eggs at all. Also, like others mentioned I try to go for the whole egg. Not too into isolating bits of whole foods. However, I would say that if you are eating/using your yellows and left with a bunch of whites, toss Em. Or make macaroons for someone;)

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on May 25, 2010
at 08:45 AM

Definately a big fan of hard boiled with cayenne pepper to-go. A great portable food

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on May 25, 2010
at 08:46 AM

I "try" to get soy free eggs, but can be difficult to find

101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

(539)

on August 27, 2010
at 05:09 PM

Second the cayenne!

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on May 24, 2010
at 07:32 PM

I like to the the same thing. I usually boil about a half dozen eggs to snack on at work throughout the week. I haven't noticed any upset stomach issues, although I am starting to notice a negative gastro- reaction to my morning coffee. It can be pretty harsh on my stomach come to think of it, which is why I plan eventually to switch over to tea.

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on May 24, 2010
at 08:20 PM

I agree it is uber convienent. I will be curious as to the results of blood work I get done coming up in August. :) As for tea suggestions I recommend yerba mate. The tea bags are good but if you can learn to make the real deal that is best.

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