Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Eggs: An Exceptional Food

fried egg
Eggs are one of the most versatile foods available that transcend geographical boundaries and are loved all over the world. At the same time this nutritional powerhouse is also mired in controversy. At one place health enthusiasts urge people to have an egg every day and at the same time there is a tab on their consumption because of cholesterol. My Health Guardian sets your facts right on ‘egg-ceptional’ eggs.

Get the protein power. An egg has 6.5 grams of protein and 213 mg of cholesterol, but those who don’t need to worry about cholesterol can have an egg every day, as it is an inexpensive and easy-to-digest source of protein. This means that kids should have an egg daily throughout the year. And people like body builders who need to have protein rich diet to build muscles should rely on egg whites because it provides protein without the cholesterol.

Eat eggs for essential vitamins and minerals. Besides protein, eggs are loaded with an alphabet soup of nutrients, like vitamin B5, or Pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B2 or riboflavin and vitamin B12. Riboflavin plays a key role in the production of energy. You also get vitamin D, A and E from eggs and a host of minerals including zinc, calcium and iron. Most of the nutrients of egg nest in the yolk, hence make sure you have a whole egg.

Eat eggs to lose weight. Several research studies prove the fact. Eggs are a source of wholesome nutrition and are enriched with high quality protein. A breakfast eggs with sunny side up is a sure shot way to cut lard because high quality protein enables you to circumvent hunger pangs, thereby resisting the urge to snack during the day.

An egg a day keeps you mentally alert. Eggs are wonderful source of choline an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. They also help maintain the myelin sheath, a protective coating that surround the nerve fibers.

For lustrous hair and super strong nails you should snack on eggs. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.

Eat eggs and save eyes. Lutein, a carotenoid thought to help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, may be found in even higher amounts in eggs than in green vegetables such as spinach, which have been considered its major dietary sources, as well as in supplements.

Healthy development of the foetus: Pregnant women are often advised the simple home remedy of eggs either for breakfast, lunch or dinner to ensure healthy development of the foetus. The choline content of the egg is vital for the proper development of foetus.

Get rid of hangover. You partied hard last night and in the morning are suffering from the after effects: wobbly feet and brain splitting headache. Other than water, orange juice and Gatorade to hydrate your system you should trust the goodness of eggs with sunny side up. Egg yolks contain large amounts of cysteine, which breaks down acetaldehyde, one of the culprits behind a hangover. Eggs are also a good choice if you don’t feel like eating much due to the high amount of energy they provide. It’s also believed that the high nutrient and fat content delays hunger.

Go ahead and include eggs in your meal plan. Eat hard boiled, poached and fried eggs, avoid raw eggs. Wash eggs well before you crack it open.

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