5 Benefits to Eating Whole Eggs
I think we’ve all heard it at one time or another, “don’t eat too many eggs because they’re high in cholesterol”. And, if you have high cholesterol levels, there may be a greater chance for heart disease, right? This thinking is not entirely true. Both doctors and researchers have determined that eating a whole egg will NOT raise your cholesterol. In fact this food may help dissolve cholesterol and fat due to the nutrient choline found in the yolk. Let’s take a closer look at some of the other benefits.
- Increased Iron Levels
A person complaining of frequent headaches, fatigue and irritability may be deficient in iron. One of the biggest roles of iron is to make hemoglobin in our bodies. Hemoglobin is essentially the oxygen-carrying pigment in our red blood cells. Sounds like a key to preventing some of these symptoms doesn’t it? Good news: egg yolk contains plenty of iron.
- Weight Loss
In order to lose weight we need to eat the right types of foods. Eggs are a great source of fat and protein. They also help to boost satiety after a meal, making us less apt to snack or munch on bad foods afterwards. This may lead to less overall calories consumed throughout the day, ultimately aiding weight loss.
- Brain Health
Choline is one of the most important nutrients for brain health and development. It is critical for the neural functioning of newborn babies as well as the improvement of both the nervous and muscular systems. One egg yolk can provide up to 28% of the choline a pregnant woman needs each day!
Unfortunately our vision begins to decline as we age. For some, eye issues such as macular degeneration, cataracts and lens issues become evident. However, egg consumption can help. The yolks contain both lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants that can decrease the risk for these eye-related disorders. Combined they can actually improve our vision as we get older.
- Low in Calories
The egg may also help our waistlines because it’s low in calories. The average large egg is only 70 total calories. They are packed with essential fats, vitamins and minerals, all helping to accelerate our resting metabolism, keeping us in a fat burning mode for longer periods.