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Is it all or nothing with eggs?

Is it all or nothing with eggs?Image Credit: Supplied

Eggs tend to invoke an all or nothing mentality with most people; they are either seen as a cholesterol bomb or a bodybuilder's must-have. While there are elements of truth in both, eggs have a long list of nutritional benefits that you should not miss out on.

Eggs are the purest form of protein found in whole food. Nutritionists use them as the benchmark when comparing other whole food proteins, i.e., eggs have a biological value of 93.7 in comparison with milk (84.5), fish (76) and beef (74.3). This means that not all of beef's protein is absorbed and used to rebuild tissue. This is why bodybuilders incorporate eggs into their diet.

Eggs are rich in Vitamins A, D, E and B12, which maintain healthy skin, strengthen bones and teeth and prevent heart diseases and some forms of cancer. Eggs are also a good source of iron and folate, which help prevent anemia and carry oxygen to the cells.

While eggs, specifically egg yolk, have long been thought to be bad due to its high cholesterol content, recent research showed that egg consumption is actually linked closely to increased levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol.

When choosing which eggs to buy, it is worth noting that eggs from free-range hens that forage on grass and legumes have 200% more Vitamin E than their caged counterparts. While all eggs contain Omega-3, levels are higher in eggs from hens on high Omega-3 diet. Omega-3 fats are essential as humans cannot produce them. They reduce inflammation and the risk of heart disease and arthritis, and impact behavior and cognitive functions in the brain.

Handy Hints:

• Eggs purest form of protein found in whole food.

• Egg consumption linked to increased HDL levels.

• Eggs from hens that eat grass more nutritious.

Source: Special to Classifieds