Eggs are one of the worlds most nutrient dense foods available and are so easy to prepare and use in so many different recipes. They are convenient, versatile, easy to cook with and are nutrition power houses !!! Eggs are high in protein, containing the 9 essential amino acids and on average 7-10 grams per egg. This provides the building blocks for the body, helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes liver detoxification and supplies the body with precursors for neurotransmitters, keeping you happy, alert and motivated!
Eggs are high in all the fat soluble vitamins including vitamin A, E, D, and K. Vitamin A and it’s carotenoids found in eggs are important for eye health, preventing cataracts, for skin health and is also a strong antioxidant. Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Vitamin D is commonly deficient and is needed for strong bones and teeth, cancer prevention and is anti inflammatory.
The healthy fat found in eggs are Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These are integral to our health and well being and are anti-inflammatory, and support reproductive, heart and brain function and also improve blood cholesterol levels. The hens diet will directly affect the nutritional outcome of their eggs. If they have been pasture fed, eating foods high in omega-3 their eggs will contain more nutrition and higher amounts of these good fats.
All B vitamins are found in eggs, including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, choline, biotin, and folic acid. Choline is an essential nutrient and assists in brain development, function and memory. All B vitamins are needed for energy, are co-factors for neurotransmitter production are important in pregnancy, reduce stress, improve cholesterol levels and support heart health, and are needed to keep hormones in check.
Among all those nutrients, eggs also contain a great amount of iron, calcium, iodine, selenium, phosphorous and potassium!
New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person’s lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat and processed sugars that raise cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.
Don’t leave out the yolk! This is where all these beneficial nutrients are contained! Check out this table:
Buy organic/free range. Organic standards help lower risk of contaminated feed and organic eggs have higher nutrient quality.
By Meg and Veg http://megandveg.com/2013/09/18/benefits-of-eggs/#more-80