We are obsessed with eggs and company they keep in my house because we are committed to eating real foods. I honestly think if they didn’t exist, I don’t know how we would. I love to share information on how to pair eggs with other nutritious foods such as avocados, beans and tomatoes. Check out the amazing looking recipes for Protein Packed Pancakes or my recipe for Huevos Rancheros and these 10 health benefits of eggs:
1. Eggs are an all-natural, real food that is packed with a number of nutrients, including high-quality protein. The quality of egg protein is so high that scientists often use eggs as the standard for measuring the protein quality of other foods.
2. Egg farmers work hard to provide safe, nutritious food while maintaining the highest quality care for their hens. Today’s hens are producing more eggs and living longer due to better health, nutrition and living environment.
3. Egg production today uses fewer resources and produces less waste. A new Egg Industry Center study shows the industry has decreased greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70 percent and uses 32 percent less water over the past 50 years.
4. At an average of just 15 cents apiece, eggs are the most affordable source of high-quality protein.
5. Eggs’ nutrients can help you with weight management, muscle strength, eye health, brain function and having a healthy pregnancy. Particularly important for aiding healthy brain function and pregnancy is choline (pronounced KOH-leen), which is amply present in eggs.
6. Eggs are the perfect choice for breakfast because the protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy that starts your day off right.
7. Eggs contribute to brain function: Choline also aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.
8. Eggs are good for the eyes: Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness. Though eggs contain a small amount of these two nutrients, research shows that the lutein from eggs may be more bioavailable than lutein from other food sources.
9. Eggs provide varying amounts of several B vitamins required for the production of energy in the body, such as thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12 and B6.
10. The protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy because it does not cause a surge in blood sugar or insulin levels, which can lead to a rebound effect or energy “crash” as blood sugar levels drop.