An EGGcellent way to start your day A spotlight on eggs

An EGGcellent way to start your day: A spotlight on eggs

Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day, and eggs are considered to be one of its main components. What exactly makes eggs such an important part of our daily food intake and how do they benefit our health and everyday life?

Poultry eggs, especially chicken eggs are the most commonly consumed type of eggs. Eggs have been a diet staple for a very long time; they are affordable, easy to cook and readily within reach most of the time all while being filled with nutrients.

An EGGcellent way to start your day: A spotlight on eggs

How does eating eggs benefit us?

Eggs are known to provide us with a lot of nutrients, but let’s check out the most notable ones and how they help your body.

  • Eggs are High in Good Cholesterol

Sometimes seeing the word “cholesterol” can be scary- but unbeknownst to most people, there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol has many benefits to the body, and it is good to know that eggs are a food that contains high amounts of good cholesterol. See the following article care of The Heart Foundation.

  • Eggs contain a relatively unknown but very important nutrients

The nutrient Choline might not be familiar to many people but it is very beneficial to your body. Choline helps build cell membranes and also helps in producing molecules that signal various functions of your brain. See more great info at the Egg Nutrition Center.

  • Help keep your muscles strong

Eggs contain protein that helps your muscles work every day. Protein is considered to be the main building blocks of the body and also helps in slowing down muscle loss from age and lack of exercise. Eggs also contain an essential amino acid that helps your body make use of and metabolize the protein you consume. Read on at Medical News Today.

  • May help reduce the risk of heart disease

Many low-carb diets include eggs in their meals. Studies have shown that those who eat eggs while in a low carb diet have a lower risk for heart disease. Read on at Science Daily and this NY Times article to continue your understanding of eggs.  

  • Helps you maintain a healthy immune system

Eggs contain vitamins A and B-12 and the nutrient selenium that helps in keeping the immune system healthy.

  • Helps you eat less

Looking for food that can be filling but won’t break the bank? Eating eggs can help you feel fuller.

The protein in eggs fills you up and can make you feel full longer. Make sure to also include sides like a slice of bread complete with a few vegetables and seasonings for a more enjoyable eating experience.

From what we know today, here's the bottom line: for most people, an egg a day does not increase your risk of a heart attack, a stroke, or any other type of cardiovascular disease. – Health.Harvard.edu

  • Energizes you for the day

Ever wondered why eggs are a staple to breakfast meals? It’s because they contain the necessary vitamins and minerals to produce energy in your body to function efficiently and optimally throughout the day.

  • Can help improve eyesight

Eggs have the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin that can help prevent age-related blindness. Those antioxidants also protect your eyes from harmful sunlight.

  • Sharpens brain performance

Vitamin D is hard to get from food but luckily, eggs can provide this very targeted nutrient that can help brain development by allowing the neurons inside it communicate.

  • Light on the wallet

Eggs are known to be one of the most accessible food in the market. Besides being filling and healthy, eggs can be one’s go-to food whenever a sudden attack of hunger strikes.

How would you like your eggs?

Here are a few ways to cook an egg that could be to your liking.

Do you want it to be as healthy as possible or do you want it partnered with something else?

  • Sunnyside up – This is a classic way to cook an egg. Just fry it until you reach your preferred consistency. Keep the yolk slightly runny and dip your toast in the yolk for a tastier experience.
  • Scrambled – So far, the easiest one to cook your eggs. You can break up the egg and just move it around until it’s cooked the way you want it to.
  • Omelet – This one’s a bit harder to master but you can definitely play around with it. You can put your favorite toppings or fillings to add more flavor to your dish.
  • Boiled/Poached – If you want a much healthier way of eating eggs, this is the way to go because it doesn’t need to be cooked in oil.

Get to know eggs better!

  • Most large eggs contain 212 mg of cholesterol and while that sounds intimidating because it’s more than what most foods have, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Eggs give you good cholesterol while helping your body with bad cholesterol as well.
  • Pastured eggs are considered to be more nutritious (twice as much Vitamin E and long-chain omega-3 fats) than your average egg. Remember to also eat the yolks since it stores most of the nutrition your body needs.
  • Studies have found that 3 whole eggs per day are an acceptable amount for people that don’t have health issues.

 

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