Maybe you just eat eggs once or twice a year like Easter or Mother’s Day. It is almost like a guilty pleasure for us to eat them – but it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading to find out what is really inside an egg: the yolk and the white.
Benefits of Eating Eggs
Don’t throw away the yolk. It has benefits too. Whether you eat omelets, boiled or deviled eggs, you can be proud to let others see you.
- Improve cholesterol – Once eggs were thought to increase bad cholesterol but in reality, the cholesterol they contain can positively impact your cholesterol levels. Eating two eggs a day won’t hurt your numbers.
- Protein – Eggs contain high-quality protein, made up of amino acids. These are the building blocks of good muscle tissue. If you are looking for a better and leaner source of protein, the egg is it.
- Choline – This is a nutrient that is needed for cardiovascular function, brain function and nervous system. Eggs contain a lot of it.
- Eye health – Eating eggs can improve your eye health. The levels of carotenoids can help prevent macular degeneration, a condition that leads to blindness. Also, you can reduce your risk of cataracts as you age.
- Good fats – We are always on the lookout for good fats. We eat enough of the bad ones in processed foods. Eggs have fat but it is good fat that will enhance your nutritional profile. One egg has five grams of fat.
- Vitamin D – Eggs contain vitamin D, and along with sunlight they are a good, natural source of this vitamin. Other foods like milk are fortified with it. Eating eggs along with spending fifteen minutes a day in the sun increases your daily vitamin D intake.
- Sulfur – Have you noticed how even good eggs can smell like rotten ones when you peel a boiled egg? It’s the sulfur. In the body, sulfur helps you to grow healthy hair and nails.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – Eggs contain these important fatty acids that promote a healthy heart, brain and immune system. If you don’t like fish you can stock up on eggs to get these helpful fats.
- Vitamins – Besides vitamin D, eggs also contain B vitamins and vitamin C and E. All are needed by the body for healthy skin, the immune system and to increase your antioxidant intake.
No matter what you have heard before about eggs, they are actually good for you. The nutritional breakdown includes vitamins, minerals, protein, cholesterol and limited fat content. Eat an egg or two each day for your health.