The Benefits of Eating Eggs
Eggs have received a bad reputation over the last few decades. As it turns out, many of those critics now have, yes, egg on their faces. Contrary to what most of us have been hearing for many years, eggs, in moderation, are actually quite good for you. Unless your doctor is telling you otherwise, an egg every now and again is actually good for your overall health.
Skipping the yolk when eating an egg is a dietary sin. Why? The egg yolk is packed with a range of important nutrition. In fact, all the “good stuff” is contained in the yolk. For example, essential nutrients such as chlorine, which is of critical importance for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, is found in abundance in egg yolks. Why is chlorine of such importance? It is needed for the proper development of the brain and thus essential for the first few years of life.
Eggs have a great deal going for them. For example, they are high in protein and supply all the essential amino acids. This makes eggs a complete protein that is also easily digested as well. Eggs are also surprisingly high in B vitamins as well as vitamins A and D. Likewise, eggs are rich in minerals, such as phosphorus and zinc, which are important for a strong immune system. Lutein can also be found in ample supply in eggs. Studies have shown that lutein can play a role in maintaining eye health and perhaps preventing a range of eye related diseases and conditions.
Another very significant benefit of eggs comes in the form of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish such as sardines, wild Alaskan salmon, walnuts and eggs. There are omega 3 enriched eggs on the market that can provide a very high level of omega 3 per serving. Omega 3 fatty acids have been definitively proven to boost both brain and heart health.
You might be thinking that this all sounds great, but what about the issue of cholesterol? Many experts now feel that the link between cholesterol and eggs has been dramatically overstated if not even a myth. This new approach towards eggs is largely centered on the fact that many experts now believe that much of the cholesterol in eggs is not readily absorbed by the body. Plus, egg yolks contain only 213 milligrams of cholesterol; this number is actually 22% less than what researchers previously thought. Scientists now believe that eating an egg everyday can actually increase the body's HDL or good cholesterol levels.
The bottom line is that eggs are one of nature’s true wonders and you should be considering them as part of your diet. The versatility and ease of preparation help to make eggs a real stand out protein source and one worthy of consideration.