Cecile LaRiviere

Posted on July 27 2009

Can't remember if an egg is fresh or hard boiled? Just spin the egg. If it wobbles, it's raw. If it spins easily, it's hard boiled. A fresh egg will sink in water, a stale one will float.

That may be just about as much information you would ever want to know about eggs, but make room in your brain for one more important fact:  Eggs contain all the essential protein, minerals and vitamins, except Vitamin C.  And egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.

Vitamin D plays a much more important role in disease prevention than was ever suspected.

The astonishing benefits to be gained by ensuring adequate amounts of vitamin D will make you wonder why researchers didn't bring this important vitamin to light many years ago.  This "sunshine vitamin" can strengthen your bones, ward off some forms of cancer, hold multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders at bay and fight infections! That's pretty powerful stuff.

The upper limit on the "right" amount of vitamin D keeps going up and up (last I checked it was up to 10,000 IUs)...but at a minimum, it's recommended that we get 1,000 IUs each day.  Exposure to the sun is one way, certain (fortified) food and supplementation are the others.

To further confuse the issue, there are 2 forms of vitamin D that can be supplemented: vitamin D 3 and vitamin D 2. Vitamin D 3 is the natural form, which is the same kind that is made in your skin. Vitamin D 2 is made in plankton under natural conditions. It has about half the strength of vitamin D 3.

I never really liked eggs... but now I do : )

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