Health, Eggs and You!

Whether they are boiled, fried or poached we love and eat eggs all the time. They contain important minerals and vitamins for a healthy diet. Despite this people have been advised to avoid eggs for decades because of the high cholesterol content. Yes, eggs are very high in cholesterol but this is dietary cholesterol which is not usually harmful. Blood cholesterol is. Studies show that eggs protect against strokes and improve heart health. This is when the “good cholesterol” (HDL cholesterol) levels increase, helping eliminate the “bad cholesterol” in the body, thus preventing blood clots, strokes, heart attacks and other heart ailments.

Eggs provide an excellent source of several vitamins such as riboflavin or vitamin B2 which is responsible for converting our food to energy, vitamin B12 (cobalamin) vital for producing red blood cells while vitamin A (retinol) helps with the eyesight, so you folks will still be able to eye some hotties even in your 70s and 80s. Eggs are a useful source of Vitamin D which helps to protect bones, preventing osteoporosis and rickets. Vitamin E (tocopherol) protects the body from cancer by fighting off radicals causing tissue and cell damage. Overall, eggs truly are nature’s multivitamin. They contain protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other important nutrition compounds.

Surprise surprise! A scrambled egg a day can keep the fat away from the waist. Eggs boost weight loss by limiting ones calorie intake all day. That means you could lose three pounds or more per month. This is probably because eggs keep you full for longer. Minerals are vital to our bodies especially women during menstruation. The energy will be sapped right back into us by eggs due to their richness in iron, zinc and phosphorus, vital to the body. Zinc keeps the immune system in top form and helps the body to turn food into energy. Phosphorus is important for healthy bones and teeth.

Eggs contain iodine, required to make thyroid hormones, and selenium, an antioxidant that can help cut the risk of cancer. Researchers have also found that choline which is present in the yolk of eggs can reduce the risk of breast cancer. For a healthy pregnancy, some nutrients within eggs help to prevent congenital disabilities, such as spina bifida. The vitamins and minerals co twined in eggs are good  for the regular functioning of brain cells, the nervous system, memory, and metabolism.

On top of all these nutritious benefits, eggs the best staple because they are cheap, easy to prepare, can be eaten with almost any food, they taste amazing and there are many delicious ways to make them.

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