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Why you should eat eggs

January 16th, 2012 | no comments

Years ago we were told to avoid eggs because of their high cholesterol content. Not so today! Did you know that it’s the saturated fat—not the dietary cholesterol—that influences your blood cholesterol levels the most? Eggs happened to have only 1 gram of saturated fat per serving (found in the yolk)!

It’s perfectly safe to enjoy one egg a day. In fact, you can eat as many “whites” as you want, just limit the yolks to one.

For less than twenty-five cents and only 70 calories, one egg will supply your body with:

  • A healthy dose of choline: A vitamin that is important for brain function and cardiovascular health
  • 6 grams of high quality protein: Eggs are considered the “Gold Standard” for protein, meaning they provide all of the amino acids your body needs to build and maintain muscle mass!
  • Vitamin B12: Helps form your red blood cells, maintain a healthy nervous system and builds DNA (your genetic material).
  • Tryptophan: An amino acid your body uses to make seratonin, a powerful brain chemical that makes you feel happy, calm, and also improves your memory!
  • Selenium: A mineral acting as an antioxidant in your body, helping protect against cancer and heart disease.

So why not boil up a half-dozen eggs on a lazy Sunday morning, refrigerate and pull one out for a snack throughout the week? Here are some other quick and easy ways to make eggs a staple in your diet:

  • For breakfast, pair an egg with your usual slice of whole grain toast or bowl of oats and keep hunger away for hours! The protein in the egg will keep you satisfied longer than eating the toast or oats alone.
  • Make your own Egg McMuffin! Scramble up one egg and spoon on to half of a toasted whole grain English muffin. Add a slice of cheese and top with the remaining half.
  • Chop up a hard boiled egg and add to your tuna salad sandwich
  • For a healthy snack under 150 calories, eat a hard boiled egg with a few Triscuit crackers or small apple

For overall health and wellness, we should all strive to eat foods with as few ingredients as possible. The smaller the number of ingredients, generally the better the food is going to be for your body. Of course there are exceptions to this rule…after all, sugar has only one ingredient!

Look at the label on that box of Pop Tarts in your pantry—a whopping 45 ingredients, 44 of which you probably can’t even pronounce! Now, look at label on the carton of eggs in your refrigerator—only one ingredient. Need I say more?

 

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