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Why Eggs Are Back On The Menu

Why Eggs Are Back On The Menu

Low in calories and packed with nutrients,
they should be part of a balanced diet

As the latest superfood hits the headlines
(when was the last time you ate broccoli sprouts?),
it's easy to forget the humble egg.
Packed with nutrients, relatively low in calories and easy to obtain,
here are some reasons why eggs should be part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Protein

Eggs are a rich source of high quality protein. A medium sized egg has more than 6g of protein,

and contains all eight of the essential amino acids which can only be obtained from your diet.

Virtually free of carbohydrates, the high protein content of eggs may also help with satiety, i.e.

they help you feel full for longer than other foods.

At around 80 calories per medium sized egg, they are also low in calories.

Fats

Eggs are often thought of being high in fat. But a medium sized egg contains around 6g of fat,

and only 1.7g of this is saturated fat, the type associated with high cholesterol levels,

heart disease and stroke. Most of the fats in eggs are the healthier monosaturated or polysaturated kinds.

Cholesterol

When it comes to cholesterol, eggs get something of a bad press.

High blood cholesterol levels are a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,

and egg yolks are rich in cholesterol.

However, it's now known that saturated fats play a major role in blood cholesterol levels,

whereas cholesterol-containing foods such as eggs and prawns have little overall effect.

If you want to lower your cholesterol levels, especially bad LDL-cholesterol,

cut back on foods containing saturated fats such as fatty meats, sausages, pastries, cakes,

butter and lard.

Vitamin D

Many of us are deficient in this vital vitamin.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, important for healthy bones and teeth.

Our bodies produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight,

but eggs are one of the few foods which are also rich in this vitamin.

Adults deficient in vitamin D are at greater risk of osteoporosis.

Other studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to serious health problems

including cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

B vitamins

Eggs are a great source of vitamin B12, needed for making red blood cells,

maintaining the nervous system and for general growth.

Too little vitamin B12 can lead to anaemia.

Eggs are also a good source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which helps the body

absorb iron and is important for healthy skin, nails and hair.

Choline

Eggs are a brain food, as they are one of the richest sources of choline,

needed for healthy brain development and function.

The yolk from a medium sized egg contains around 300mg of choline.

Most of the choline we need comes from our diet.

It is used by the body to form the neurotransmitter acetylcholine,

involved in memory function.

Low levels of choline can lead to a deficiency in folic acid,

also important for a healthy brain.

Choline plays an important role in the brain development of the unbo

rn child and also helps prevent birth defects.

Carotenoids

Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids which may help lower

the risk of macular degeneration, the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.

Research also suggests that the lutein from eggs is more readily taken up by the

body than from other types of food.


Users' Comments (2) RSS feed comment
Posted by Chila, on 08-05-2011 23:37, , Guest
I agree with these post. Egg is a great means of burning calories. If u can eat 2 to 3 eggs in a day.
 

Posted by asad, on 02-05-2011 15:15, , Guest
I realy thank for this long awaited great information. 
and regret the long time we suffered of curtailing and having guilty conscious while using eggs in the past.And again regret of not using the most delicious and now suggested very healthy.natural and economical diet by me in the past.Thanks for your latest information  
wishing long and healthy life to all egg eaters.
 

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