The Health Benefits of Eggs

Today I wanted to share some of the health benefits of eggs.IMG_20140227_225129_072  The poor egg is good for you one day and bad for you the next.  So which is it?  I like to believe that eggs are good for you, just don’t sit and eat a whole dozen at a time.  As with most foods, moderation is key.

I’m lucky enough to have parents who have chickens so I never have to buy eggs from the grocery store.  So I know the eggs are natural and not produced by some chicken who was pumped full of hormones so she would be a full grown hen in 3 weeks…an exaggeration I know, but I believe the day is coming.  What happened to the natural growth cycle of an animal?  Let them grow the way and at the rate they are suppose to…for pity sake.  Sorry, getting sidetracked, back to eggs.

The information provided below comes from the following websites; Healthdiaries.com and the Huffington Post.  Thanks as always to the sites I use information from, I couldn’t do it without them.

1.  Eggs are great for the eyes.  According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneration due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin.IMG_20140227_225231_186  Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources.  In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.

2.  Eggs are a good source of choline.  One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline.  Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.

3.  Eggs may prevent breast cancer.  In one study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%.

4.  Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Sulphur is also an essential nutrient that helps with everything from vitamin B absorption to liver function.IMG_20140227_225149_301

As you can see eggs are an important part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.  Below are two great recipes that contain eggs.

Broccoli & Cheddar Omelet

Granola Nut Frittatas

 

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