Decorative eggs get a lot of attention around Easter, but tradition aside, eggs have impressive health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked.
According to the Egg Nutrition Centre, the modest egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, all for 70 calories. Inexpensive and a versatile ingredient for cooking, eggs can help meet a variety of nutrient needs for everyone. Plus, nutrition research suggests eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health, and more.
The Cholesterol Question
For years now, there has been a lot of debate about whether or not eggs are good or bad for your cholesterol. According to an article published by the Mayo Clinic, eggs are high in cholesterol, but the effect of egg consumption on blood cholesterol is minimal when compared with the effect of trans fats and saturated fats.
The article suggests that the risk of heart disease may be more closely tied to the foods that accompany the eggs in a traditional American breakfast – such as the sodium in the bacon, sausages and ham, and the saturated fats or oils with trans fats used to fry the eggs and the hash brown.
As a good rule of thumb, if you like eggs, the Mayo Clinic asserts that it is probably fine to eat about six or seven whole eggs per week if you are healthy. To add to this, if you don’t want the extra cholesterol, use only the egg whites. Egg whites contain no cholesterol.
How to Pick Them
With so many options to choose from, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, the egg aisle can be quite daunting. Luckily, there is lots of excellent research out there to help you make good choices when buying eggs from your local super market. The Egg Nutrition Centre Blog, Eggs: Affordable, Versatile and Ample Varieties is a great start.
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