You Should Never Cook Your Eggs This Way, Says a Nutritionist

Updated 03/01/17
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Eggs are a staple in any healthy person's diet—whether served at brunch over toast or as a protein-packed salad topper at dinner. But as with vegetables, there are endless ways to prepare them—some of which are far healthier than others.

To settle the score once and for all, My Body+Soul recently spoke with Joel Feren, practicing dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitian's Association of Australia, about the healthiest way to prepare eggs. "Poaching or boiling is probably the healthiest method just because you're not adding those extra fats. You're just cooking them in water," he told the Australian publication. "Scrambled eggs would be one of the least beneficial because of the different recipes."

Frying eggs falls somewhere in the middle, depending on what you cook them in. "I just cook my eggs using oil spray to minimize the amount I use," continues Feren. "You really just need a non-stick surface; you could even brush some oil on instead of pouring.”

In other words, the egg itself is healthy, but the extra add-ons, including milk, butter, cream, cheese, and more, are not. Keeping your eggs in their purest form is the best way to ensure you're serving up a nutritionally sound meal.

For more, read up on Feren's take on bread versus pasta, and share your favorite way to cook eggs below!

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