Easter happened, and many people are now awash in Easter eggs, bright of blue, yellow, and green. Very cool colors, but just as many of us wring out hands over the simple egg. Is it good for us? What about cholesterol? Should I eat a boxed egg substitute?
Eggs rule. If you eat eggs in moderation, you will be doing yourself a huge health favor. What is moderation? 1-2 per day ... that's it. Oh, and CHOCOLATE eggs don't count as real eggs!!
- People spend tons of money to make their hair and nails strong and healthy. Well, eggs do that for you, because of their high sulphur and vitamin B12 content and trove of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet. Plus, they're cheaper than those health "products."
- Got protein? The egg does. Just one single egg has 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.
- Eggs are easy on the eyes. In fact, they're great for the eyes! In one study, 1 egg per day may prevent macular degeneraton -- because of the carotenes, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Like the protein, these nutrients are more readily available to our bodies in the form of an eggs than from other sources.
- By the way, while we're talking about your eyes, researchers also found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts.
- What about your cholesterol. It's true that a single yolk has ~215 mg of cholesterol. Yikes!! But, the Harvard School of Public Health has found no link between egg consumption and heart disease. None. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, strong, and even heart disease.
- That may be because 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.
- Even when you do consider the impact of eating eggs on your cholesterol levels, new research shows that moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. Having two eggs per day does not affect a person's lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it.
- Now on from your heart to your brain. Eggs are a wonderful source of choline (~300 micro gms in 1 egg!!). What's choline? That is a critical nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. Let's just say, you need it. A lot.
- Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
- Finally, eggs may help prevent breast cancer. Women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%. That's less than one egg per day. It goes right in your lunch bag.
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