How Healthy Are Eggs For Your Body?
Many of us grew up being told that eggs were bad for us and that we should not eat it too often and not eat more than one egg a day because it would give us high cholesterol, resulting in clogged arteries and heart disease.
Is this the end of glorious sunny side ups, puffy omelettes and melt in your mouth scrambled eggs?
The Cholesterol Myth
People tend to assume that the more cholesterol we consume, the higher our blood cholesterol will be. However, research has shown that this is a myth and it has little bearing on our blood cholesterol levels. What really affects your blood cholesterol level is the amount of saturated fat that is consumed. And if you did not know yet, eggs are low in saturated fat! What we should instead be watching out for and restricting our consumption of are foods such as fatty meats, cheese, butter and other whole milk dairy products.
Furthermore, what many people do not realise is that our body produces cholesterol on its own and when more cholesterol is consumed, our liver will make up for this by producing less of it.
Benefits Of Consuming Eggs
1. Rich In Nutrients
Eggs are filled with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, vitamin E, Folate and many more which are essential to our well-being. What’s even more important for us to realise is that the majority of these nutrients are in the yolk! Imagine all the nutrients that we have been missing out on because we were led to believe that we should only consume the egg white, which is only rich in protein.
Furthermore, eggs contain important sources of fatty acid like Omega 3 and 6 which the body cannot produce. It also has Omega 7 which has been discovered to help with weight loss together with many other benefits.
2. Good Source Of High-Quality Protein
As mentioned above, egg whites are a good source of protein, which is essential for our body to build and repair muscle tissues, bones, blood and body organs. For people who work out often, eggs are a perfect source of protein that helps to keep you energised during your workout and aid in muscle recovery and growth.
3. Rich In Lutein And Zeaxanthin
The two major antioxidants in eggs are Lutein and Zeaxanthin, and these are found in the yolk. These carotenoids help to protect our eyes from harmful UV rays in the sunlight, reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, and fight eye inflammation.
4. Improves Your Good Cholesterol
Eggs do contain cholesterol, however, we must not confuse this with the bad cholesterol. Cholesterol is important to our health and well-being. There is the “good” cholesterol (HDL), and the “bad” cholesterol (LDL). Studies have shown that consuming eggs tend to raise the good cholesterol. As mentioned earlier, our body produces cholesterol on its own. And if we do not consume it, our liver will produce more of it. By consuming eggs, we are raising the good cholesterol, which improves our cholesterol profile.
5. Keeps Us Full Longer
Research studies have shown that people who consume eggs tend to feel full for a longer period of time. With a high level of protein and low level of carbohydrates in eggs, consuming eggs can help lead to weight loss as it staves off the hunger, lowering the tendency to snack for the rest of the day, hence consuming fewer calories per day.
Eggs have proven to be beneficial for our health and there is no need to avoid it, particularly the yolk since we now know how rich it is in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Everything should be done in moderation, including the food we consume. If you have eaten a few eggs for breakfast, just keep this in mind and try to limit your cholesterol intake for your remaining meals of the day.