Eggs are all-natural and offer one of the highest quality proteins of any food available. One egg provides more than six grams of protein, or 13 percent of the recommended Daily Value (DV), and nearly half is found in the yolk.
In fact, the protein quality in an egg is so high that the scientists often use eggs as the standard for measuring the protein quality of other foods.
Why Eat Eggs for Breakfast (or any meal for that matter)?
The all-natural, high-quality protein, like the protein in eggs, helps build muscles and allows you to feel full longer and stay energized, which can help you support a healthy weight. In fact, eating eggs for breakfast reduces hunger and decreases calorie consumption at lunch and throughout the day. The protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy because it does not cause a surge in blood sugar or insulin levels, which can lead to a rebound effect or energy “crash” as blood sugar levels drop. In addition to being a nutrient-rich source of high-quality protein, eggs provide varying amounts of several B vitamins required for the production of energy in the body, such as thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12 and B6. And not only does the protein in eggs help kids and active adults build muscle strength, high-quality protein may help older adults prevent age-related muscle loss.
Dietary protein intake directly influences muscle mass, strength and function in people of all ages. The six grams of high-quality protein in eggs can help active people build and preserve muscle, and help adults prevent muscle loss. Consuming protein foods, like eggs, following exercise can maximize muscle repair.
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The nutrient package of eggs aids in the following:
- Weight management: The high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel fuller longer and stay energized, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight.1
- Muscle strength and muscle-loss prevention: Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and aging adults.2
- Healthy pregnancy: Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects. Two eggs provide about 250 milligrams of choline, or roughly half of the recommended daily intake for pregnant and breastfeeding women.3
- Brain function: Choline also aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key part of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.4
- Eye health: Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness. Though eggs contain a small amount of these two nutrients, research shows that the lutein from eggs may be more bioavailable than lutein from other food sources.