Health Benefits of Eggs

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods and can be a healthy part of your diet. They are nutritious and offer a variety of the many nutrients needed by your body. Eggs contain healthy protein, and many of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs such as: iodine, selenium, vitamin A & E, vitamins B12, D3 and biotin.

Egg protein has one of the best amino acid profiles of any food, and qualifies as a complete protein which contains all nine essential amino acids that the body can’t produce on its own. Protein is an important building block of cartilage, skin, muscles, bones. Studies have shown that protein can reduce appetite & hunger levels, increase muscle mass & strength,  reduce cravings & help maintain weight loss.

Eggs are also a rich source of choline, an essential nutrient which is important for cell tissue, organ function and crucial for brain function. The egg white contains most of the egg’s content of amino acids, which play a role in building muscles build muscles, and important component in every cell of your body.

The egg yolk is rich in phospholipids, nutrients that are the main building blocks for all our cells vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Carotenoids like lutein & zeaxanthin help protect the eye and vision.

According to scientific studies reported in NCBI, the specific nutritional guidelines for cholesterol limits or intake on cholesterol in eggs remains controversial and the need for nutritional guidelines for limits or intake remains debatable. However, some experts still recommend that individuals with cholesterol problems be careful with their egg consumption.

Keep in mind that not all eggs are created equal and egg-laying chickens are raised in different environments. This may be important or not for you when making decisions on what type of egg you will be eating.

Cage-eggs come from chickens raised in cages which restrict flapping of wings and motion of walking outside freely.

Cage- free eggs- this environment allows birds to move, roam, nest, roost perch, forage. Some could have access to an outside space.

Free-range eggs- these birds have access to outside space, and roam, forage, roost.

Pasture-raised eggs- chicken who have freedom to roam around in a large area with grass and other vegetation.

Start eating eggs anytime of the day. Eggs really are nutritious. And as always, smell, taste & enjoy. Be mindful of the food you eat and pay attention to the way you feel after each meal.