The Incredible, Edible Egg: 7 Reasons To Eat One Today

Okay, so the headline is a direct copy of the tagline used by the egg industry in its advertising. 

But there’s some truth in that tagline: eggs have a lot of nutrition packed into one thin shell.

Here are seven reasons to eat an egg today:

One: An egg contains 75-80 calories and six grams of protein.

Two: Eggs contain essential minerals, like iron, zinc and phosphorus. These help keep your immune system strong, strengthen bones and teeth and keep you from feeling tired and run down.

Three: Eating eggs for breakfast may help you lose weight. A study by the Rochester Center for Obesity Research showed that eating eggs for breakfast helps limit your calorie intake by more than 400 calories per day. They think this is because eggs help with satiety, or feeling full, so you’re less likely to be tempted by the vending machine or overindulge at lunch.

Four: Eggs contain vitamins such as B2 (riboflavin), B12, A and E, all of which are essential for good health.

Five: Eggs may help prevent breast cancer. A 2008 study from the University of North Carolina found that choline (in egg yolks) can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 24 percent. One egg yolk provides about 25% of the recommended daily intake of choline. Choline is also key during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as it contributes to the baby’s brain development.

Six: Eggs help keep your bones strong, and they’re one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and bone health.

Seven: Eating eggs benefits your eyes, through the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which are both antioxidants which reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

But what about cholesterol?

Recent studies have shown that the cholesterol found in eggs does not contribute to high blood cholesterol  and coronary heart disease. Unless your physician has told you otherwise, eggs can be a bonus-filled addition to your weekly diet.

With back-to-school around the corner, give your children the benefit of a healthy egg-based breakfast or lunch. For tasty and quick egg recipes, visit GMC on Pinterest, and browse our boards.


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