Are Eggs A Healthy Diet Choice?

Are-Eggs-A-Healthy-Diet-Choice?Yes! Eggs are compact, affordable and one of the most nutritious foods available. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, high-quality protein and beneficial fats.

They also contain antioxidants and powerful brain nutrients that you may be deficient in. One large egg contains only 77 calories, with 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and trace amounts of carbohydrates. It is recommended that you eat the entire egg as many of the beneficial nutrients are contained in the yolk, the white contains protein.

Here are five more healthy reasons to add eggs to your diet:

  1. Eggs contain the perfect amino acid profile. Protein is composed of 21 amino acids that are linked together. Nine of these amino acids cannot be produced by your body and must be obtained from your diet. These are the “essential” amino acids and all 21 aminos are found in eggs.
  1. They are a rich source of Choline. Choline is an important brain nutrient required to synthesize the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and is also a major component of cell membranes. Choline deficiency is linked to liver disease, heart disease and neurological disorders. Choline is especially important for pregnant women as low choline increases the risk of neural tube defects and decreased cognitive function in the newborn.
  1. Eggs may actually lower your cholesterol. A large egg contains about 200 mg of cholesterol; however, dietary cholesterol may have a minimal effect on cholesterol levels in the blood as saturated fats raise serum cholesterol. They raise your “good” HDL and lower your LDL, the “bad” cholesterol.
  1. They improve vision and eye health. Eggs contain two antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin, both found in the yolk. Lutein and zeaxanthin support the health of your retina, the sensory part of your eye and protect the eyes from harmful sunlight. Lutein and zeaxanthin significantly reduce your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, the leading causes of loss of vision and blindness. Eating one egg yolk per day for four weeks can increase your blood levels of zeaxanthin by as much as 100% and lutein by 50%.
  1. Eating eggs for breakfast can promote weight loss. Eggs are relatively low in calories but a rich source of protein and fats that will help you feel full sooner and longer. Eating eggs at breakfast can reduce hunger and cravings before lunch. As a bonus, your body must use more calories to digest proteins leading to additional weight and fat loss.

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