Eggs are a protein-packed breakfast option, but just like anything in life, the American diet can ruin them. We jest (sort of) but seriously—are you setting out to eat eggs for breakfast because you think it’s the healthier choice, then going ahead and loading them up with things like full fat cheese and dipping them in sodium and sugar-packed ketchup? No, no, no. I’m going to stop you right there.
Take a step back from the breakfast table and learn what the one ingredient you should NEVER add to your eggs is, because it totally causes unnecessary weight gain.
Mind The Ketchup
I know I’m messing with your favorite condiment here, but most store-bought ketchup (yes, the brand names you know and love) are actually terrible for you because of a very unique combination of being both high in sodium and high in sugar. I hate to be the one to break the news but if you’re trying to lose weight, you can’t eat ketchup with your eggs.
“Even a brand name like Heinz adds high fructose corn syrup to its ketchup, accounting for 4 grams of sugar (and 20 calories) per tablespoon,” Tanya Zuckerbrot of the F Factor diet says.
Try a dash or two of Cholula hot sauce for heat, or salsa for the juicy deliciousness. If it’s tomatoes are what you’re after, how about serving a fresh slice of red or green tomato on top or Zuckerbrot’s own American Spoon Tomato Relish (recipe). Your taste buds will acclimate to the change, and your waistline will thank you.
Other tips for health egg preparation:
Egg Whites Over Eggs
According to Tanya Zuckerbrot, a health diet consists of mostly egg whites, with the occasional egg yolk mixed in (only three total per week). “The egg whites only option can save you around 200 calories and 15 grams of fat,” she explains in her Brunch Survival Guide.
Cheese Should Be 1 Oz. Of Low Fat Or Free
On Step 1 of Tanya’s popular diet the F Factor diet, participants are encouraged to eat only a controlled serving of low or fat free cheese. Yes, a diet you can eat cheese on! That’s because the low fat options are considered a protein, which when eaten along with fiber results in maximum weight loss, aka no more stomach rolls!