Eggs are good for you. It is a fact. Long demonised as a high-cholesterol health hazard, research released over the last couple of years has shown that eggs, far from being the nutritional bad guy, are actually verging on super-food status.
Why are eggs so good for you?
Why are eggs so good? Well, they fight bad cholesterol, they have all the essential amino acids your body needs and they fill you up, so they are good for weight loss.
Research released by the British Medical Journal showed that eggs have a number of healthy properties that disprove so much of the previous negative press. Eggs can change LDL cholesterol, which is recognised as bad cholesterol, from being dangerously small and dense to large-scale and harmless.
Improving eye health
Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which improve eye health and prevents your vision from deteriorating prematurely.
Eggs contain all nine essential amino acids which are vital for cell repair and regrowth. In fact, as a recovery food after exercise, you cannot do better than eating an egg.
The cholesterol-busting properties of eggs. Eggs do have a large amount of cholesterol, but this is mainly the HDL variety which has been proven to be essential and good for humans.
They also change the density of LDL cholesterol, making it is less dangerous. Despite many tales to the contrary, there is no evidence that eating an average amount of eggs can lead to heart disease or high cholesterol levels.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are antioxidants that are important in promoting eye health, especially in the fight against cataracts and macular degeneration.
In a study carried out by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that eating eggs regularly significantly improved the quantities of lutein found in the retina.
Nutritional value of eggs
The nutritional value of eggs is largely down to the yolks, and among the vitamins contained within the golden orbs are choline, which enhances the brain’s activity levels, vitamins B2, B5 and B12, iron, phosphorus and selenium.
These vitamins are important for all manner of health reasons including: increased immunity to disease; a reduction in the threat of tumours; enhanced folate levels, which is important in the development of a foetus; protection from some cancers and increased red blood cell production.
Eggs punch above their weight
Eggs can be used in the fight against over-eating. They induce a feeling of ‘fullness’ which helps people to avoid snacking in between meals. While an egg contains about 77 calories, it punches above its weight as a food that fills you up.
A bagel, which contains the same amount of calories is far less likely to leave you feeling satiated after a meal.
Easy to cook, easy to store, great value for money – after years of being consigned to the nutritional wilderness, it seems the humble egg is having the last laugh. In fact, in a message to the naysayers out there – the yolk is on you!