You all have been hearing me talk about my breakfast challenge and how I’ve been incorporating eggs into my diet, you’re seeing me cooking with eggs and involving my kids in the process, but I don’t think I’ve told you yet why I’m so dedicated to this challenge. Well… it’s because I truly think eggs are an incredible (excuse the pun) food! They’re a naturally nutrient-rich food, which means you get a lot of nutrients for the calories you’re consuming…one large egg has only 70 calories and provides 13 essential nutrients. They’re an excellent source of choline and a good source of riboflavin, as well as the highest quality protein. A majority of the egg’s nutrients are found in the egg yolk, including choline, folate, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin D. The yolk also includes healthy monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats and almost half of the high-quality protein found in eggs.
Click here for the nutrient content of a large egg. Because they are so nutrient-rich, eggs are a source of nutrition for people of all ages….
As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, the choline found in eggs is great for pregnant women, but there is also varying amounts of high-quality protein, Vitamin B and iron, which pregnant women also need. High-quality protein helps support fetal growth, while vitamin B is important for normal development of nerve tissue and can help reduce the risk of serious birth defects that affect the baby’s brain and spinal cord development. The type of iron eggs provide (a healthy mixture of heme and non-heme iron) is particularly well-absorbed, making eggs a good choice for pregnant and breastfeeding women who are at higher risk for anemia.
Eggs also provide nutrients that contribute to eye health and help prevent common causes of age-related blindness.
And finally, eating eggs after exercising is a great way to get the most benefits from exercise by encouraging muscle tissue repair and growth.