Eggs and eggs yolk are often seen as an unhealthy food that you should limit in your
diet. This is not the case. However, eggs are extremely nutritious, which is why they
are often referred to as “nature’s multivitamin”.
Let us take a look at the nutritional content of eggs.
Eggs are high in protein with a medium sized egg providing approximately 7g of
protein. This is mostly found in the white of the egg.
Protein plays a significant role in your body, like:
● Keeping your body healthy, like your muscle, bones and skin
● Functions in your immune system
● Producing enzymes and certain hormones
● Carrying nutrients around the body
Fats play an indispensable role in some hormones, absorbing certain vitamins
(vitamins A, D, E and K) and generating cell membranes.
For good heart health, it is advised that you consume more unsaturated fats (such as
rapeseed oil, unsalted nuts, olive oil, seeds and avocado) than saturated fats (found
in animal products like butter, cream and full fat cheese).
Eggs have an average amount of fat and saturated fat, but overall more unsaturated
than saturated fat. The latter can be found in the egg yolk.
Eggs have a bad rep when it comes to heart health and cholesterol levels. This is
due to the fact that eggs contain dietary cholesterol, which was formerly thought to
be connected with growing cholesterol levels in your body. This however is not true.
Eggs contain all essential fatty acids which promote healthy cholesterol.
There is no suggested egg limit for the general population or for those who suffer
from heart disease. The only exemption to this, is for those who have a genetic
condition called familial hypercholesterolemia, who are usually advised to limit their
egg intake to four per week.
Vitamins And Minerals:
Eggs also comprise of a vast range of vitamins (Vitamin A, D) and B12, which plays
a significant role in keeping your nervous system and blood cells strong and
contributing to formation of red cells.
Egg yolks are also a great source of Iodine,iron and manganese; imperative for your
nervous system health and for producing thyroid hormones and fertility.
Eggs are also an affordable and convenient option for your diet, considering that
they can be cooked in several ways and make your meals satisfying.
Eggs contain a variety of important nutrients that sustain your health. Apprehensions
about eggs significantly increasing cholesterol are outdated; unless you have familial
hypercholesterolemia, you don’t need to stick to a specific limit for eggs weekly.
Eggs are also affordable, convenient and filling.
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