Why to eat eggs
Eggs are so versatile and abundant and also packed full of nutrients. They are a cheap source of protein and contain all the amino acids you need in order to build and repair cells enzymes and other proteins. Read our 6 reasons as to why eggs great for weight loss, hormonal health, eye-sight, fertility and expectant mothers.
1. Eggs help you Lose Weight. Each egg has 6 g of high-quality protein which is not only good for a whole host of processes in the body but also helps us stay fuller for longer. What happens people who don’t feel hungry? They lose weight because they don’t feel the need to snack constantly throughout the day.
2. Eggs help with Fatigue. Many people, women especially have low levels of iron which can lead to fatigue, low energy, low mood and irritability. Eggs are a great source of vegetarian haem-iron which is the most absorbable source of iron for the body.
3. Eggs Protect your Eyesight. Eggs contain anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthine which promote eye health through protecting our eyes from damaging light. This is promoted further if you eat your eggs with some greens like spinach, rocket or broccoli.
4. Eggs Promote Heart Health. Eggs have been demonised for their cholesterol content and wrongly so. Studies now show that eggs promote heart health, weight loss, diabetes and metabolic syndrome(high blood pressure, excess weight, high triglycerides). All hormones are made from cholesterol and so fertility and your ability to deal with stress need cholesterol in order work efficiently.
5. Eggs Promote Brain Health. Eggs are an excellent source of choline. Studies suggest that 86% of women don’t get enough choline in their diet. This is significant because choline helps protect against neural tube defects in pregnant women and is very important in the formation of the nervous system in babies in the first trimester.
6. Eggs promote Fertility. Many traditional cultures included high egg diets in the regime of newlyweds to promote fertility. They are a source of folate (which is the natural source of folic acid), iron (energy), zinc (sex hormone health), choline (brain health), selenium (thyroid health) and the fat-soluble vitamins ADEK. Cholesterol is not only needed for healthy hormones but also needed to help the fetus develops the brain, intestinal tract and nervous system.
If you can eat free-range or organic eggs. Folate levels were found to be over 200 times higher in free range chicken than in factory chickens. In saying that if your budget only allows for conventional eggs they’re still a great addition to your diet.
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