Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Just When I Got Sick of Eggs…

I have to say, this totally shocked me. I'm not big on "change", although Paleo has changed my life a great deal, but seeking different animals for different eats? No. I'll stick to everything that we're "supposed" to eat --- that was my mindset. Anyway, my buddy came over the other day with a huge basket of eggs. She looked like a crazy farmer as she hopped out of her truck to greet me with….eggs. This past spring, she acquired a few ducks. She was so happy about them - as pets no less. She said to me, "I throw away hundreds of eggs." And to my limited knowledge, I shrugged it off because I didn't think you could really eat duck eggs, or were "supposed" to. Madelene looked at her with her eyes wide open and said, "Duck eggs! Are those duck eggs???" She quickly relieved her of the enormous basket it was brought in with and thanked her profusely. I just sat there, thanked her and wondered, "Are you really gonna eat all those duck eggs?" Well, the next morning, Mad urged me to try them. I went online and discovered all the health benefits this one little egg has. So of course, I plopped two in the pan. Not only is the yolk humungous, but it's twice the size of a regular chicken egg. I made Madelene two eggs scrambled into an omelet, and I swear to God -- it looked like one of those 5 egg omelets that iHop makes. These eggs were so good, so velvety and had such an amazing flavor that I will never go back to chicken eggs again. But that's not even my "big excitement" about these beauties. After I ate them, the high amounts of vitamins had me from grumpy to "OMG let's go out and do everything and cook dinner for all our friends tonight!" I was in high gear all. day. long. It was a total mood booster, so this morning when I woke up a bit cranky finding out it snowed while we were without power, she said, "Go eat those duck eggs before I divorce you!" They are the best antidepressants anyone can ever take.

Look at these benefits!

Essential Vitamins: Duck eggs boost your vitamin intake and provide considerable amounts of vitamins A and B-12. The vitamin A from your diet promotes new cell development to keep your tissues healthy and also maintains good eyesight. A duck egg contains 472 international units of vitamin A -- one-fifth of the recommended daily intake for women and 16 percent for men. The vitamin B-12 in duck eggs keeps your nerves healthy and promotes red blood cell function. Each duck egg boasts 3.8 micrograms of vitamin B-12, more than your entire daily recommended B-12 intake. It also contains small amounts of several B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins D and E.

Beneficial Minerals: Duck eggs also offer nutritional value because of their selenium and iron content. Selenium supports healthy immune function and helps you make thyroid hormones. Iron helps your red blood cells carry oxygen and plays a role in energy production. Each duck egg contains 2.7 milligrams of iron -- 34 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 15 percent for women -- as well as 25.5 micrograms of selenium, or 46 percent of your intake requirement. Duck eggs also contain small amounts of zinc, phosphorus and calcium.

Of course one of the many said to be drawbacks is that it is high in cholesterol, but on Paleo, that doesn't apply because we cut all sugar and wheat (the best we can) out of our diets, which is the contributor of plaque sticking to our arteries. So if you are on a normal everyday American diet, consider the cholesterol content.

I mean, this is an all around health gift you can give yourself. You can find them at your local farms or if you know a friend who has a bunch of ducks like I do, don't hesitate to grab a few!

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