According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, proteins are made up of amino acids. There are twenty different amino acids that, when joined together, make all types of protein. Since the essential amino acids cannot be made by our bodies, we need to consume foods that provide them. Sources of protein in our diets are labeled according to the number of amino acids they provide.
Complete proteins are proteins that contain all nine amino acids that our body cannot produce on its own. Eggs are considered complete protein sources because they deliver all nine.
Eggs can also help you lose weight. If you add an egg to your breakfast, you will feel fuller longer, which we all know, can reduce cravings and reduce our snacking times.
Eating a few eggs does not contribute to heart disease by increasing your cholesterol level. In fact, most cholesterol is made in the body and not drawn from the foods we eat.
In order to get all of the nutrients each egg has to offer, the yolk and the white parts have to be eaten.
Seventeen calories and more than half of the protein in an 80 calorie, 6 gram egg are from the white part. The white part is also filled with much of the egg’s magnesium, riboflavin, and niacin. Magnesium helps with cholesterol and blood pressure. Riboflavin aids in red cell production. Niacin helps the nerves function properly.
Five grams of the eggs fat are found in the yolk. This helps us feel full. The yolk also contains omega-3 fatty acids which are important for our bodies.
Choline is crucial for brain and liver function, and just about all of the choline is found in the yolk. Yolks also contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which helps promote eye care.
The yolk is also filled with more vitamins and minerals than the white part. In fact, eggs are one of the few sources of vitamin D, which promotes bone health and reduce hypertension. Vitamins A, E D, and K are found in the yolk, as well as 95% of its folate, which aids in reducing stroke and heart disease.
How can I tell if an egg is fresh? Drop an egg into a bowl of water. The older the egg is, the better chance it will float to the top.
What is the best way to crack an egg? Use a flat surface. This lessens the chances of getting cracked shell bits in the pan.
For the freshest eggs, look for the “sell by” date. Eggs are good for one month after their “sell-by” date.
So go ahead, eat your eggs and enjoy the health benefits they offer! Write to us and share your delicious egg recipes with us!