Eggs started taking a beating (haha – PUN!) a long time ago (I’m assuming because of the “cholestoral issue”) and it seems to be a neverending debate on whether they’re good or bad. I love eggs. I eat them nearly every day. I crave them….which is weird. But they are delicious and they are nutritious and they are good for you. So I’m going to break it down for you: Eat eggs.
“You’ll find a carton of eggs in any Registered Dietician’s fridge, including mine. Eggs have gotten a bad rap due to their cholesterol content, but research shows there’s limited evidence linking egg consumption and heart disease. Plus, this protein-rich food has 70 calories, 13 vitamins and minerals, and the anti-inflammatory nutrient choline, which most (Americans) need.” -Jennifer McDaniel
Since I became addicted to eating eggs nearly two years ago I noticed I have more energy, I’m not as hungry throughout the day and I just feel healthy.
I remember Doctor Oz saying a while back something to the effect that the cholestoral in eggs is only bad for you if you have bad cholestoral. This seems to be true since I eat a crap-ton of eggs and my cholestorals are impeccable (I’m still very proud of that report). And studies have shown that an egg a day doesn’t change your cholesterol levels
Yolks contain the bulk of the egg’s nutrients, including minerals like calcium and magnesium and vitamins A, D, E, B6, B12 … the list goes on! In fact, eggs are loaded with so many nutrients that some scientists suggest a few eggs a day could provide a bigger health insurance policy than a multivitamin. They have 100% of the carotenoids essential for healthy eyes, protecting them against vision loss. Eggs are also rich in protein and an energy-sustaining food that helps stave off fatigue. So ditch the egg-white-only mantra! Eat the whole egg.
Here are 10 reasons to eat eggs:
1. Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneraton due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources.
2. In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.
3. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.
4. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.
5. They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.
6. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat.
7. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person’s lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.
8. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
9. Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%.
10. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.
I also suggest the following articles for more information (and you can always check with your local egg marketing board for information, recipes, nutrional information):
Men’s Health: The Truth About Eggs
Get Cracking: Get Cracking