Can You Eat Eggs On The Mediterranean Diet?

Lets face it, what we're eating is an engaging subject that is open to being talked about with best friends, colleagues, and even with the stranger sitting next to us at the dentist. Tips and recipes are exchanged, along with praises and unmasked skepticism. There are many diets being discussed at any given time, and one of them is the Mediterranean diet. 

According to Healthline, the Mediterranean diet is based on the types of foods people consumed in Mediterranean countries, like Italy and Greece, in the 1960s. Researchers have noted the exceptional health people living in those countries (and other countries around the Mediterranean Sea) at that time lived with, and the low risk of many lifestyle-influenced diseases they had. We're intrigued by a diet based on a certain time period and are curious if the people once living around the Mediterranean Sea included the versatile modern-day breakfast staple, eggs, are a part of their cuisine.

In short, the answer is yes. Eggs have always been an important part of the Mediterranean diet, claims Oldways. The consumption of eggs around the surrounding areas of the Mediterranean Sea can be traced back to thousands of years ago. According to Egg Nutrition Center, the Ancient Phoenicians who lived in the Mediterranean region 3,000 ago kept chickens as one of their many barnyard animals. The abundance of chickens meant a consistent supply of eggs to use for everyday cooking and on special occasions for the multiple societies that have called the Mediterranean their home.

Eggs are among the most nutritious foods you can find

The use of eggs continued to be used in Mediterranean cuisine from ancient times into the 1960s, and then into the modern day. And their health benefits are right on track with what the Mediterranean diet promotes, which is lowering the risk of many lifestyle diseases. It is perhaps widely known that eggs are high in protein, multiple vitamins, and have plenty of good fats. They also contain a lesser-known nutrient called choline. Choline is essential for a person's health and is needed for various parts of the body, shares Healthline. A low intake of choline has been linked to liver and heart disease.

If you are curious about how to incorporate eggs while following the Mediterranean diet, there are plenty of ways to keep your taste buds interested. Women's Health shares Mediterranean diet-friendly recipes with titles like Greek Omelette Casserole, Low-Carb Mediterranean Egg Muffins With Ham, and Mediterranean Scrambled Eggs. Healthline claims eggs are among the most nutritious foods you can find. So it's no surprise to us they were used in the healthy societies around the Mediterranean in the 1960s — as well as today.