Eggs – Let’s crack some myths

Eggs – Let’s crack some myths

Eggs – Let’s crack some myths

The poor humble egg. It has been demonised in the past that it is no good for you and you should stay away. Which it couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s crack some myths.

  1. They are a Nutritional Powerhouse: great source of protein, they contain all the essential amino acids making it a complete protein, an average egg has 6g of protein. Contains over 11 essential vitamins and minerals. One of the cool things to remember is, they contain all the nutrients needed to turn one cell into a baby chicken. It’s a bit like taking your multi vitamin for the day. Remember, eat the yolk as they contain most of the nutrients.

  2. Antioxidants - lutein and zeaxanthin: As we get older our eyes start to deteriorate. Studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin help in the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration which are two common eye diseases people get with old age.

  3. Vitamin D is naturally contained in the yolk: Not many foods can claim this. Vitamin D has many important functions such as calcium metabolism to promote bone growth, needed for normal immune function and a common deficiency in people with autoimmune conditions. Note: other foods that contain vitamin D are fatty fish, beef liver and cheese.

  4. Eggs contain choline, important for development of the brain: It’s an essential compound for cell membrane and nerve tissues. It has been suggested that dietary sources help with reducing accumulation of fat in the liver, as well as repairing some types of neurological damage, important for early brain development and improves memory later in life.

  5. They don’t raise cholesterol: Dietary cholesterol doesn’t raise blood cholesterol. The cholesterol in eggs raise HDL (good cholesterol) and make LDL (bad cholesterol) either benign or stay at the same levels.

  6. Strong impact on satiety: Eggs keep you fuller for longer. Research has shown if you have a egg for breakfast you are more likely to make better food choices throughout the day and are less likely to overeat.

Sooo, have an egg today! As a breakfast, as a snack or even as a quick, easy dinner. Eggcellent.

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