“You can only eat so many eggs a day,” “eggs are high in cholesterol” and “don’t eat the yolks!”
You’ve probably heard at least one of these statements before.
There are lots of myths and misconceptions about eggs — whether chicken, duck or quail — when it comes to health. We’re here to tell you what’s right and what’s wrong — straight from our egg-sperts!
Six quail egg myths… busted!
You heard it here first: quail eggs are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
But rather than keep telling you that, let’s break down some of the most common myths about quail eggs.
1. Eating too many quail eggs will raise your cholesterol.
False. This common myth is based on some legitimate scientific research. But the research has been misrepresented for years.
Quail eggs do raise cholesterol levels, but they raise your “good cholesterol” (HDL) levels, which in turn reduces your “bad cholesterol” (LDL). The more cholesterol you eat, the less your body produces.
So go ahead and eat some quail eggs in moderation — no more than six to eight a day. It’ll have absolutely no negative effect on your cholesterol levels.
2. Quail eggs are full of fat, which raises cholesterol.
True, but also false. Quail eggs are chock full of fat — but it’s not saturated or trans fat. They’re full of unsaturated, heart-healthy fat.
If you ask us, fat has been unfairly vilified for decades. We need a certain amount of it to be healthy! And the fats you get from quail eggs aren’t the kind that raises blood cholesterol levels.
While it’s true that there is a small amount of saturated fat, it’s almost impossible to avoid saturated fats in your diet.
3. Don’t eat the yolks — they’re unhealthy!
False. That’s gotta be a yolk, er... joke!
Like all foods, everything is best in moderation, and the same goes for the yolks of our beloved quail eggs.
As for them being unhealthy? There’s nothing to support that at all — in fact, the health benefits are too many to count! Quail egg yolks are a source of vitamin D, which is essential for bone health, and as we mentioned earlier, healthy fats. These fats allow our bodies to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
4. Quail eggs are a source of omega-3 fatty acids.
True, and false. It seems like everyone is talking about omega-3 these days — a fatty acid that prevents heart and blood diseases.
While all eggs — chicken and quail— contain omega-3, the amount in them is fairly inconsequential. Fish are still the best place to get omega-3.
But we’d like to remind you that even if there isn’t a lot of omega-3 in your quail eggs, their other health benefits are pretty hard to ignore!
5. Quail eggs can prevent overeating.
True. This one isn’t a myth! All of the protein and healthy fats in quail eggs will keep you full for far longer than foods that are mostly carbs. Now, obviously, there needs to be some self-control to prevent overeating, but quail eggs can help you conquer a rumbling belly.
Plus, if you eat some quail eggs instead of a high-sugar breakfast like cereal or pastries, you’ll stabilize your blood sugar levels at the same time!
6. Quail eggs can cause food poisoning.
True, but mostly false. Honestly, any food exposed to the wrong bacteria can cause food poisoning.
Quail eggs don’t pose a higher risk than any other egg for food poisoning, but we do recommend you keep them refrigerated and fully cook them to prevent any risks.
Now that we’ve busted some myths, go and bust out the quail eggs!
Spicing up your egg life has never been easier — Spring Creek quail eggs are available at stores throughout Canada and the US. Have you found your store? Try our store finder tool!