It’s Easter and for those who celebrate, there may be a few extra colourful hard boiled eggs lying around. We thought it would be fitting to discuss why eggs are classified as a “superfood” and share a few well-known health benefits of eggs with our readers.
1. Eggs are Full of Nutrients.Eggs are nutrient dense.
A whole egg contains all of the nutrients that is needed to turn a single cell into a baby chicken. Whole eggs contain a little bit of almost every single nutrient that our bodies require and are packed full of minerals as well. Each egg contains the following:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B5, B12, B2
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
2. Eggs Raise the Good Cholesterol (HDL)
HDL or High Density Lipoprotein is the good type of cholesterol. Individuals with higher levels of HDL have lower risk of heart disease, stroke and other common health conditions.
3. Eggs are High in Protein
Proteins are the main building blocks of the human body and they are used to make cells and tissues that support our body systems. A single egg contains approximately 6 grams of protein. Proteins are made of amino acids and eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids which makes it one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein.
4. Eggs are a Low Calorie Protein
One egg contains anywhere from 70-90 calories. They also keep you full longer which can help limit the total number of calories you consume during the day. This can be helpful for weight loss.
5. Eggs Prevent Breast Cancer
Recent studies have found that eating eggs may in fact decrease the risk of developing breast cancer. Other research suggests that consuming adequate amounts of choline, which is found in the yolk of eggs, can reduce the risk of breast cancer significantly.
6. Eggs Help with Bone Health
Eggs are a natural source of Vitamin D, which aids in calcium absorption in our bodies. This helps our bones stay strong and prevents conditions like osteoporosis.
7. Eggs Help with Eye Health
Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants found in the yolk. Studies show that these antioxidants may help to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, two common eye diseases.
So bottom line, grab an egg or two and turn it into something delicious to eat.