Eggs Are One of the Healthiest Foods on the Planet
December 5th, 2017
Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
by Miranda Murray
How can something as simple and common as the egg possess so many health benefits? Think about how many nutrients are vital to create life…that’s what you’ll find inside eggs.
First, let’s discuss one of the most commonly known qualities about eggs: their protein. Why is protein so essential for the human body? Every cell in our body requires protein; it’s an important building block in our body’s quest to build and repair tissues, grow hair and nails, compose enzymes, hormones, bones, muscles, and more.
The value of protein found in just one egg is held to the highest standards by the World Health Organization; so much so that they use eggs in comparison to finding the nutritional protein value in other foods.
What’s even more impressive, eggs contain a little bit of every essential vitamin and mineral required by the human body, such as potassium, zinc, manganese, calcium, and vitamin E.
It’s important to note, however, that most of these nutrients are found in the yolk, so be sure to include that in your diet.
Concerned about heart health? Eating eggs can reduce your risk of heart disease and actually improve cardiovascular function! Because of their omega-3 fatty acid content, eggs are a heart healthy choice. Why are omega-3s important? They’re essential fats that are fundamental in cell membranes. When they’re consumed, omega-3 fatty acids lower blood triglycerides and also help to lower and regulate cholesterol.
Speaking of cholesterol, eggs have received a bad rap when it comes to their cholesterol content. While it is true that eggs are high in cholesterol when compared to other foods, the type of cholesterol in eggs will actually improve your levels of HDL (the good kind of cholesterol.)
Are you looking to protect your eyes? (Pun intended.) Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two antioxidants that are found in the yolk of eggs. Lutein and Zeaxanthin collect in the sensory part of your eye, the retina. These antioxidants have been found to greatly reduce your risk of Cataracts and Macular Degeneration by helping to filter out harmful, high-energy blue spectrums of light.
In addition, those antioxidants, along with the fact that eggs contain 5 of the 8 nutrients that can aid in fighting and reducing skin cancer, eggs can also help to keep your skin healthy.
Because of their high protein, healthy fat, and low carbohydrate content, eggs should be a particular staple in the diet of anyone who wishes to lose weight. Eating eggs will leave you feeling full longer, which will help to reduce cravings throughout your day and reduce overall calorie intake.
Having said all this, let’s keep in mind that some eggs are better than others. To experience the maximum health benefits of eggs, you’ll want to make sure you’re consuming free-range, or cage-free eggs. The quality of life for the hens who produce these eggs vastly outweighs the life of a hen that has, literally, been cooped up it’s whole life. The eggs that are produced by cage-raised hens are less nutritionally valued and are more likely to contain dangerous bacteria like salmonella. If you’ve seen any of the eye-opening food industry related documentaries like “Food, Inc,” which can be found on Netflix, you know how poor the conditions are that these cage-raised hens live in. They’re unhappy, unhealthy, and have even resorted to cannibalism. Sorry for the image, but it’s true. By choosing to purchase free-range, cage-free eggs, you’re not only ensuring that you’ll consume the best possible nutrients, but you’ll also be helping to possibly change the future for these animals.
Ready to eat? Cooking eggs before you eat them helps to destroy possible dangerous bacteria to make them safe to eat. Some of the healthiest ways to consume eggs are:
- Hard boiled
- Sunny-side-up or over-easy
- Scrambled or in an omelette
- Even microwaved eggs
I’m a fan of poached eggs myself. How do you enjoy your eggs?!
*I am not a doctor, nutritionist or scientist but I have spent the past 4 years soaking up information I’ve gathered through various websites, by attending numerous informational meetings and working with nutritionists and fitness trainers.