Eggs are one of the most common food we eat. Some people have an egg (or even two) each and every day. Have you ever wondered what what are the health benefits of eggs and why should you include some in your diet? In this post I will talk about why eggs are considered to be a super-food and why you should make them a regular part of your diet plan.
High Source of protein
One of the major nutrients in eggs is protein. A single egg contains about 6 grams of protein which helps to build muscle tissue and curb appetite. Protein is a major part of many successful diet plans so you should definitely get enough of it when trying to lose weight. The protein in eggs is considered to be of a very high quality and the number of calories in eggs is very low, so you have a very good ratio of protein to calories. Perfect for weight loss.
In fact, eating eggs may indeed help you lose weight faster than you would have otherwise. A study which compared overweight people who ate eggs to those who didn’t show that the group of people who ate eggs lost weight more quickly than those who didn’t (source WHfoods.com)
Boost brain function and health
One of the ingredients of eggs is choline. This element has a number of health benefits. One of these benefits is that choline is a main component in the fatty structure of some molecules in our brain. Having more choline (which our body cannot produce enough of) will protect the brain and help preserve its health.
The choline in eggs has one added benefit: it helps to combat inflammation which has been connected to a host of diseases.
Choline also helps forms part of the cell membrane and adds in the delivery of signals on the cellular level and on the neural level. This way, Choline helps preserve and maintain normal internal functions.
One of the ingredients of eggs is Selenium which is an antioxidant that helps the body fight against the destructive effect of free radicals. This helps to protect your cells and may reduce the risk of certain diseases including various forms of cancer. It may also delay aging and its related conditions.
Bone and teeth structure and strength
While our bones are mainly made up of calcium, to have strong and well-formed bones you also need to have phosphorous, an element that eggs are rich in. To have strong bones and teeth, you must consume some measure of phosphorous and eggs help in that respect a great deal.
Eggs contain a number of vitamins that your body needs for proper health and function. These include vitamins A, B2, B5, B12, D, E. Vitamin D is particularly important as a lot of people these days suffer from vitamin D deficiency due to insufficient sun exposure. Eating eggs may help you alleviate this deficiency.
Eggs contain carotenoid that may help to protect your eyes from macular degeneration. In a study done, it was shown that people who eat eggs on a regular basis were less inclined to develop cataracts.
Contrary to common belief, new studies show that a moderate consumption of eggs does not have an adverse effect on the levels of cholesterol in our body. In fact, in certain cases, the cholesterol balance may even improve due to the consumption of eggs.
Eggs are a healthy addition to any weight loss plan that you choose to pursue (apart from vegan ones). They have enormous health benefits for adults, teens, and children alike. This is why I eat them on a regular basis. I prefer to eat them hard boiled and not fried to keep their calorie and fat content down. However, you may eat and enjoy them in any way you like.