Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Over the years they have received a bad rep with regards to high cholesterol and other information we now know to be false. This article will set the record straight and I will answer the question are eggs good for you?
Eggs Are Good for Us
A single medium sized egg contains 186mg of cholesterol, which is 62% of the recommended daily intake. We once believed that if we ate cholesterol, it would raise cholesterol in the blood and contribute to heart disease. In fact, it turns out the more cholesterol we eat the less our body produces.
Cholesterol is often seen as a negative word. When we hear it we automatically start thinking of medication and heart attacks. In truth cholesterol is a very important part of our body. It is a structural molecule that is an essential part of every single cell membrane. It is also used to make steroid hormones like testosterone, oestrogen and cortisol. Without cholesterol we simple would not exist. Given how incredibly important cholesterol is, the body has evolved elaborate ways to ensure that we always have enough available. Because getting cholesterol from food is not always an option the liver actually produces cholesterol. However when we eat a lot of cholesterol rich foods, like eggs, the liver produces less.
Eggs are Nutritious
Not only are eggs a fantastic source of lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, they contain some pretty important nutrients. Eggs are also considered to be the perfect food. They contain vitamin D, protein, vitamins B6, B12, choline, leucine, L-arginine and folate. All of these vitamins and minerals are vital to maintain health and strength. Studies have shown that eating eggs for breakfast can limit our daily consumption of calories by up to 400 per day. Therefore along with all of the nutritional benefits it is also a good idea to eat eggs for fat loss, enhancing how good eggs are for you.
Eggs are Delicious
How we prepare the eggs is also important. If our preference is fried eggs do not fry them in saturated fat or in vegetable oils. Use coconut oil or olive oil and lightly fry them. Poached and boiled eggs are a great option too. When making scrambled eggs or omelettes we can mix 2 whole eggs and extra egg whites. A medium egg is about 78 calories but an egg white is only about 17 calories, contains 3.6g of protein and no fat. We can bulk up our portion of scrambled egg without bulking up our calorie intake, ensuring that eggs are helping our fat loss efforts.
One point to note is that if we are consuming eggs daily, we will be getting plenty of protein. It would be ideal to avoid protein shakes and other commercial protein products sold in health stores. Ideally, we should be getting our proteins from natural sources like eggs, poultry without the skin, lean meat and fish.
Remember too that not all eggs are the same. Most eggs at the supermarket are from chickens that are raised in factories and fed grain-based feeds. The healthiest eggs are Omega-3 enriched eggs, or eggs from hens that are raised on pasture.
Over all eating eggs is perfectly safe even if you are eating up to 3 whole eggs per day. I personally eat between 1-3 whole eggs per day and my health has never been better. To answer the original question Are Eggs Good For You a resounding yes. Start your day right with eggs and you will find yourself becoming healthier and leaner.
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