8 REASONS YOU SHOULD EAT EGGS
Eggs are loaded with 13 essential vitamins and minerals and provide a good source of nutrients essential for a healthy diet. They are a valuable source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Basically, they’re a superfood.
- Eggs are nutrient rich and contain 82% of your daily vitamin D requirements, 50% of daily folate requirements, 25% of daily vitamin B2 requirements and 40% of daily selenium requirements. They also contain vitamins A, E, B5, B12, iron, iodine and phosphorus, all of these support a healthy balanced diet.
- Eggs have excellent quality protein and one egg contains about 6.3g of protein. The protein in eggs contain all nine essential amino acids to support effective muscle growth, recovery and maintenance.
- Improves levels of good cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is one reason why eggs have been found to have little to no effect on risk of heart disease.
- Vitamin D also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ plays an important role in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus making it essential for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. It also aids healthy muscle function and immune system maintenance. A serving of two eggs provides 82% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin D.
- Eggs are filling and help with weight management as they are relatively low in calories but have a high satiety level leading to greater feelings of satisfaction, less hunger and lower desire to eat more. As they are also a rich source of protein, eggs are one of the best food options to assist with weight management. Eating eggs keeps energy levels higher, boosts metabolic activity and delays the rate at which food leaves the stomach.
- Eggs are a good source of Choline which is an important nutrient that is made in the liver, but most people do not produce enough to meet daily requirements. Like the function of B vitamins, choline is essential for normal cell functioning, and helps play a role in brain and spinal cord development in pregnancy, cognitive development in infants and reducing cognitive decline in the elderly. Eggs provide more than double the amount of choline per 100g than any other commonly eaten food.
- Eggs are a good source of Omega-3s which are special types of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are essential fats that are important for cell membranes, from heart and brain health to protecting your eyes. It is important to consume Omega-3s through food as the body produces limited amount of them on its own. Eggs provide around 180mg of Omega-3 fatty acids per serve.
- Eggs are good for the eyes as they contain vitamin A, E, and selenium which all are antioxidants that support eye health, retina function and helping counteract degenerative vision as you
age. Eggs also contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, both which help reduce the risk of certain eye diseases including cataracts and macular degeneration.
Here is a site for some delicious, nutritious egg recipes https://www.eggs.ca/recipes/cat/50/healthy-recipes
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