There was a time when eggs got a bad rap for being unhealthy and high in cholesterol. The thinking on that has changed and eggs are now at the top of their game, so to speak. They’re an excellent source of protein, which can be more satiating than a bowl of cereal for breakfast, and they make a perfect quick snack in their hard boiled form.
They’re also versatile enough to round out a salad of greens or can be chopped up for egg salad, plus it’s trendy to get a salad or other meal topped with a poached egg for an extra healthy bit of protein.
Their versatility is only half the story, however, as there is no longer a fear that eggs will increase a person’s cholesterol. And for such a tiny package, they’re packed with all kinds of good-for-you things, such as:
- Vitamins: Egg yolks are high in vitamin A, B vitamins ( B6, B9 and B12), vitamin D, and vitamin E, all necessary for fighting disease and giving your skin a radiant glow.
- Minerals: Eggs have iron, zinc, and calcium for healthy bones, blood and an improved immune system.
- Protein: We already mentioned that eggs are a protein powerhouse, which is excellent for metabolism, tissues, hair, and muscle building, but did you know a large egg has 6 to 7 grams of protein?
- Choline: Adequate choline consumption helps with improved liver function and assists with brain development in fetuses and children, even preventing neurological defects in babies. An egg yolk provides a great source of choline.
- Omega 3s: These are great for healthy cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure and fighting body inflammation, as well as helping with brain health and immunity.
If eggs sound pretty great, there are even more areas where they can help you out.
- Fertility: The protein and vitamins in eggs, as well as the choline and omega fats, help with a woman’s fertility. Plus, eggs contain the hormone progesterone, which is necessary for healthy ovulation.
- Vision: Eggs contain Vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin, all helpful for eye health and the prevention of macular degeneration. Additionally, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) can prevent cataracts.
- Weight loss: Eggs are satisfying because of their protein content, so pairing eggs with vegetables can keep calories low and help you avoid snacking.
- Cognitive Function: Eggs also contain phospholipids, fats that might help with combatting memory dysfunction and Alzheimer’s.
Bottom line: while they were once thought to contribute to a person’s cholesterol, eggs no longer have to be limited or eliminated from your diet. It is recommended, however, that you pair them with healthy grains, fruits, and vegetables, for a balanced meal, and avoid using a lot of grease of butter in your cooking.
Dr. Peter Schulman, MD, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut, told Health: “If people are trying to lose weight, the most important thing is to eat a good breakfast. If you eat a breakfast that’s only high in carbohydrates and no protein, you’re going to be hungry again very quickly.”