In the not so long gone past, many people were led to believe that eating eggs was a surefire way to clog your arteries and increase the likelihood of suffering the early onset of heart disease. Oh, how naive!
While, yes- eggs do contain a large amount of cholesterol, studies have shown that there is no link between eating eggs and heart disease, and in fact, eating eggs will do your health a world of good!
These little gems of goodness are packed with vitamins, healthy unsaturated fats, minerals and essential nutrients, to keep your health in check- from the inside and out!
Whether you poach, boil or scramble this superfood, here are some reasons why you need to include more eggs in your diet-stat!
1. They help fight cancer
Eggs are known to be one of the best sources of the nutrient choline. A recent study has found that women who have a high intake of choline are 24 per cent less likely to develop breast cancer.
Choline is found mostly in the egg yolk, so scrap the egg white omelet and dig into that glorious golden yolk!
2. Help maintain good eyesight
Eggs are high in both zeaxanthin and lutein- two antioxidants that have been shown to help stave off macular degeneration, so your eyes can keep fighting fit for many years to come.
These antioxidants too are found primarily in the yolk, so don’t scrimp on your scramble- add some spinach too for super sight!
3. Keep your weight in check
Got a few pesky kilos that just won’t budge- eggs could be the answer! Research has shown that by fueling up on protein rich eggs for breakfast, helps limit calorie intake for the rest of the day. Eggs are proven to keep you fuller for longer- so those 3pm chocolate cravings won’t be so hard to resist!
This doesn’t mean a free for all- swap your sides or bacon, sausages and hash browns, for avocado, tomato and mushrooms for a supercharged breakfast- your waistline, heart and taste buds will thank you!
4. They’re a brain booster
The choline found in eggs will help with keeping your memory sharp while increasing the release of acetylcholine- a neurotransmitter that helps your brain store and recall information better- real brain food! Even better yet- eggs from free-ranging hens have been found to contain a higher amount of omega-3 fatty acids that assist in fueling your brain.
To keep your brain at the top of its game, always opt for free-range eggs, and organic is possible. Your local farmers markets are sure to be able to provide!
5. They will nourish and protect your muscles
With so much protein packed into one tiny little shell- the humble egg is one of nature’s best food sources for muscle protection, nourishment and growth. These babies are also rich in Vitamin B12, which aids in healthy muscle contraction.
Once again, we have the delicious yolk to thank for all of this protein power, so don’t omit it from your meal! Also, when choosing eggs, be wary of the power of marketing- don’t be fooled by gimmicky labels- best to buy fresh and free range from local suppliers where possible, so you can really harness their power!
6. They will boost your mood
Got a case of the grumps? Eat an egg and you might notice a shift in your mood. Eggs contain a blend of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, B vitamins and iodide- all nutrients which work together to help fight fatigue and combat bad moods- how delightful!
To help make yourself feel even better, buy free-range eggs from a local supplier- this will help to shut down the battery hens business. Also, treat yourself- bake those eggs into a delicious and decadent cake, or some fresh, tasty muffins- sure to boost your mood instantly!