Last month when I went to Portland Oregon with Jennifer as part of the Good Egg Farm Tour I learned a lot about eggs. After an engaging conversation with the knowledgeable dietitian Mary Dankersloot I knew much more about the health benefits of eggs then I ever thought possible. Following her talk we participated in a fantastic cooking class with Howard Helmer and Chef Saad, concentrating specifically on making egg dishes that were healthy and flavorful. My take away from this whole experience was that the egg is indeed a fantastic food. Its health benefits are enormous and it perhaps one of the most economical foods available in the grocery store. Here are a dozen reasons you too should LOVE eggs:
1. Protein Power: Eggs are all natural and one of the highest quality proteins available, providing all night essential amino acides.
2. Breakfast Boost: Research show that eating high-quality protein foods for breakfast, like eggs, can help you and your family feel more energized and satisfied through the day. The benefits of eating breakfast also include improved memory recall time, improved grades and higher test scores.
3. Eggs are Economical: At just .15 cents each, eggs are the least expensive form of high-quality protein per serving in today’s marketplace.
4. Eggs are A-OK for your Heart: More than 30 years of research have concluded that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease.
5. Eggs are Quick to Cook: Eggs can be made as quickly as a pancake, waffle or bowl of hot cereal!
6. Good for Infant Development: Eggs are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that is particularly important for developing fetuses and infants. Pregnant women can help reduce the risk of certain birth defects and promote brain and memory development by getting enough choline in their diets.
7. Eggs Pack a Punch: One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals in varying amounts. And they only have 70 calories (!0
8. Weight Loss Results: High-quality protein, like the protein in eggs, can help overweight dieters lose weight. Recent research show that eating eggs for breakfast can help overweight dieters lose more weight, lower their body mass index and shrink their waist more than eating a bagel breakfast of equal calories.
9. Eggs-cellent Vision: Lutein and zeaxtanthin are two antioxidants found in eggs that may help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness.
10. Egg-Energy: The protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy because it does not cause a surge in blood sugar or insulin levels, which can lead to an energy crash.
11. Essential Nutrient: Choline, an essential nutrient found in the egg’s yolk, is necessary for normal cell activity, liver function and transporting of nutrients throughout the body. One egg provides 125 milligrams of choline, or roughly one-quarter of the recommended daily amount for adults.
12. Perfect Portions: At 70 calories apiece, eggs are nature’s original form of portion control!
Thanks to the Good Egg Project of providing this well-researched information.