Eggs Are Delicious! Here Are 8 Other Reasons to Eat Them Often
I think eggs are renowned for three major reasons:
- They’re very easy to cook
- They’re simply delicious in every form
- They’re one of the best protein sources out there
Just to be more specific about the third reason, a single egg provides you with 7 grams of pure protein naturally.
Luckily, one of the most common foods on the planet is also a great source of antioxidants, amino acids and healthy fats. If you choose the right option, you’re in for a nutritious feast.
What do I mean by ‘the right option?’
Well, many egg marketers raise their chicken using antibiotics, vaccines and hormones that impact their natural growth process. All these chemicals are sent into the eggs they make and, well, the ones you eat. Ideally, you should opt for organic products as they come from chickens raised naturally and stress-free.
Now that we know how to choose the healthiest eggs, let’s have a look at 8 health benefits you can get from this delicious food.
You can lose weight
This study published in the International Journal of Obesity made subjects eat two types of breakfast over an 8-week period: the first group ate two eggs, while the second was given a bagel. Both options had the exact same number of calories. Turns out, the egg group lost 65% more weight. 16% more body fat and had a 34% bigger reduction in their waist circumference!
Of course, this health benefit only works if your morning eggs are accompanied by equally healthy foods (avocado and tomato salads are just a few ideas).
You’ll be less stressed…
…and not just because you’re eating a delicious breakfast.
An amino acid deficiency can have serious effects on your mental health. This 2004 research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that supplementing your diet with lysine can reduce anxiety and stress significantly.
Lysine is an essential amino acid that you can only get through diet as the human body can’t produce itself. Luckily, eggs are one of the top sources for lysine and they pack 455 milligrams per egg. According to the World Health Organization, this would assure you 22% of the recommended daily intake for lysine.
You’ll reduce inflammation
Eggs are one of the best sources of dietary phospholipids. These compounds are renowned for their ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Recent reviews published in Nutrients linked the dietary intake of egg phospholipids and choline to a major reduction in biomarkers of inflammation.
In other words, eating eggs can lower your risks of cardiovascular disease and improves your ability of breaking down fats. For more effective results, you can check out these 7 diet tips to reduce inflammation.
You’ll improve your immunity
Do I even need to say why strengthening your immune system is so important right now? Probably not, since we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.
Luckily, eggs also make a powerful ally in your fight against viruses and infections. A single egg provides you with 22% of your RDA of selenium, a key nutrient which regulates thyroid hormones and improves your immunity.
Eating eggs is especially beneficial for children and teens since selenium prevents Keshan disease and Kashin-Beck disease, two dangerous illnesses that affect the bones, joints and heart.
You’ll keep your brain healthy
Eggs are one of the best foods to protect your brain due to a nutrient called choline. This component of cell membranes is essential to synthesize acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter required for all major brain functions. In fact, multiple studies like this one linked choline deficiency to decreased cognitive functions and other neurological disorders.
Another secret brain-boosting effect offered by eggs is given by their omega-3 fatty acid content. Each egg contains about 225 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, which can prevent Alzheimer’s disease and improve major cognitive functions.
You’ll improve your vision
Eggs are a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are found in egg yolks and they’re known for reducing the risk of macular degeneration as well as cataracts. These are the main vision impairment and blindness causes among the elderly population.
More precisely, this study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that participants who are 1.3 egg yolks daily for a month increased their zeaxanthin by up to 142% and their lutein by 28-50%!
You’ll keep your heart healthy
One of the best pieces of news regarding eggs is that they can decrease your long-term risks of coronary heart disease. How? Through LDL cholesterol.
LDL cholesterol gained a reputation of being the ‘bad guy’ mainly because LDL particles send fat molecules into the artery walls, thus gumming them up. HDL particles do the exact opposite as they remove those molecules and clean your artery walls.
However, not every LDL particle is bad! In fact, the LDL particles found in eggs can change their size and density, which slashes the risk of cardiovascular problems.
You’ll reduce your cravings
We already know that eggs are a great source of protein, but how great exactly? Turns out, they’re perfect.
Scientists rate eggs with a perfect score of 100 in terms of protein content and every other food is actually measured against them. Due to this fact, consuming eggs promotes satiety and might reduce your appetite throughout the day. This way, you’ll also decrease your chances of giving in to unhealthy snacks or other cravings.
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What’s your favorite way of eating eggs? Share your recipes and tips in the comment section and we’ll drop a health tip in return!