We Love Eggs!
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, they contain all the essential nutrients necessary to grow a living organism. Here are ten facts about eggs.
1. The nutritional breakdown of a raw chicken egg versus a boiled chicken egg is almost identical so chugging raw eggs is unlikely to be the reason Rocky became world heavyweight champ.
2. Raw eggs may contain a risk of contamination with the salmonella bug, meaning there is a risk of food poisoning. In fact, cooking eggs may increase the absorbability of some nutrients.
3. Buying eggs from a reputable source, like your local farm shop or buying pasteurised eggs can minimize this risk if you do choose to add a raw egg to your morning smoothie.
4. A large chicken egg contains around 6g of protein, this is a complete amino acid protein unlike many plant-based proteins. Most of the protein is in the egg white.
5. A large chicken egg will contain about 5g of fat, mostly in the form of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. There is no limit to the amount of eggs you should eat and there is little to no relationship between the consumption of eggs and people with high plasma cholesterol levels.
6. Eggs are a good source of vitamins B2 and B12 and folate, which is especially important for pregnant women. B12 is a common deficiency among vegans.
7. Eggs contain the fat-soluble vitamins A and D. They are one of the few dietary sources of Vitamin D, a common deficiency in modern populations.
8. The vitamin A in eggs comes in the form of retinol which is essential for the healthy function of the retina in your eyes (hence, retinol).
9. Eggs also contain biotin. Biotin deficiencies can contribute to brittle nails, hair loss, diabetes and depression.
10. In addition to chicken eggs you will also commonly find quails eggs, which are tiny, and duck or goose eggs, which are huge. The choice comes largely down to personal preference.
There you are, ten reasons why eggs should be a part of your diet and let’s not forget that eating more protein is positively correlated to fat loss so now you have no reason to not have eggs for breakfast instead of granola.