Barbara Quinn

Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Email her at (MCT)


Now let’s see what we know about eggs:

The best way to hard boil an egg, according to the American Egg Board is a) boil ‘em til they’re good and hard; b) cover with cold water, bring to a gentle boil, turn off the heat, cover pan and let them stand in hot water for about 12 minutes; c) buy plastic ones. Answer is b.

Recent studies have shown that a) bunnies do not lay eggs; b) eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously measured; c) healthy adults can eat 1 or 2 eggs a day without risking heart disease. All are correct.

Cholesterol is a) a waxy substance that the body needs to make cell membranes; b) concentrated in egg yolks; c) a problem if too much builds up in the blood. All are correct.

Egg protein is a) only in the white; b) only in the yolk; c) of extreme high quality; d) in both the white and the yolk. Answer: c and d.

Eggs are “nutrient dense” because a) their mother never told them how nutritious they are; b) they are high in nutrient content and low in calories; c) 1 large egg contains 13 essential nutrients and only 70 calories. Answer: b and c.

Eggs are living proof that a) chickens are all that; b) there’s a sunny side to everything; c) new life can emerge from a shell. All are correct.

Eggs are said to be incredibly edible because: a) they are easy to digest; b) they are one of the most inexpensive sources of high quality protein; c) there’s about a thousand ways to cook them. All are correct.

Besides cholesterol, egg yolks contain a) calcium and vitamin D, b) choline — a nutrient required for brain development and function; c) chocolate bunnies. Answer: a, b.

Brown eggs are a) considered “whole wheat” eggs; b) similar in nutrient content to white eggs; c) from brown-colored chickens; d) sometimes larger and thus more expensive than white varieties. Answer: b, c, d

People with high blood cholesterol should a) kiss eggs goodbye; b) limit their intake of saturated fat and cholesterol; c) eat fewer egg yolks. Answer b, c

Eggs yolks are yellow because hens are fed a) corn; b) Easter egg dye; c) marigold petals and other yellow-colored plant foods. Answer a, b (Artificial color additives are not permitted in chicken feeds.)

Poultry experts say that most chickens lay their eggs a) right next to their nightstand; b) between 7 and 11 a.m. C) almost every day. Answer: b, c.

Barbara Quinn is s registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Email her at


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