Unfortunately, eggs got a bad rap many years back and this food myth just doesn’t seem to go away. But not only are eggs an inexpensive protein source, they are also much better for you than once thought.

So let’s put this food myth to rest. First, eggs have less cholesterol than once thought.

Second, eating cholesterol has far less effect on raising blood cholesterol levels than once thought. Third, throwing out the egg yolk to reduce cholesterol means you are throwing out the most nutritious part of the egg.

For example, throw out the yolk and you lose the omega-3 fats, important for a healthy heart and eyes and you’ll lose the healthy eye nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin.

You’ll also lose half the protein, riboflavin, iron and selenium. You’ll throw out virtually

all of the calcium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, retinol, folate, thiamin and vitamins A, B-6,

B-12, and vitamins E and K.

Most importantly you’ll be throwing out one of the few good sources of choline in the American diet – a nutrient important for cell functioning, memory and brain development that’s especially important for moms-to-be.

So, think beyond cholesterol and remember that the nutrient dense egg, with only 78 calories, can and should be part of a healthy diet.

So now that you know more about the egg-strordinary egg, just how do you make the perfect hard-boiled egg?

First, you want to start by placing your eggs into a pan of cold water. Then, place your pan over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and let sit for 12 minutes for a medium eggs or 15 minutes for large eggs. Then, cool immediately under cold running water.

Remember, if your decorating Easter Eggs only decorate those with no cracks in the shells, so you don’t get die on the edible portion. You can eat the eggs with cracks in them right away, but they won’t keep very long.

Hard-boiled eggs with the shells on can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.

And there you have it, A Nutritious Dish…in a matter of minutes!