Hands up if you don’t eat eggs, and certainly not the yolk? You are not alone, people are always amazed when I tell them that eggs are a health boosting food that they should be including in their diet and that they are missing out on a whole lot of nutrients by opting for an egg white omelet at breakfast. Let’s take a look at the nutritional benefits of the mighty (whole!) egg:
- A whopping 6 grams of high quality protein per egg, an essential component of the diet that helps the body repair muscle, grow tissue, maintain skin, hair and nails, regulate hormones, control metabolism and defend against illness.
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids essential for brain health, reducing inflammation in the body and boosting heart health.
- Eggs are a source of all the B vitamins that collectively play a role in the release of energy from foods, improve the body’s ability to withstand stressful conditions, produce hormones, form DNA, maintain normal functioning of the nervous system and improve circulation.
- An excellent source of selenium that acts as an antioxidant to fight free radicals in the body that can cause premature aging, illness and disease. Selenium also reduces inflammation, supports the immune system and protects the heart.
- Can aid weight management due to their high quality protein content that helps you stay fuller for longer while keeping you energized throughout the day.
So how many of you are reading this but thinking what about cholesterol? And quite rightly so, for years you’ve heard the bad reputation that eggs have been given, deeply scrutinized for raising blood cholesterol levels and contributing to heart disease.
Well worry no more my egg loving friends, scientists have now shown that the cholesterol in food and the cholesterol in blood aren’t as directly related as was once thought. A study in the University of Arizona by Dr. Wanda Howell and colleagues reveled people on a low saturated fat diet can eat up to 2 eggs per day without showing signs of their blood cholesterol raising.
There we go, several reasons for you to throw out the sugar-loaded breakfast cereals, break out of your shell, come on over to the sunny side and get eggs-cited about breakfast time again!!!