Eggs: Are they good or bad for your health?
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Just think about it, 1 egg contains all the nutrients and building blocks required for the growth of a baby chicken. Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrients. They are loaded with high quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats and various trace nutrients.
Eggs are particularly rich in two unique antioxidants – Lutein & Zeaxanthin, which are good for the eyes. Eggs are also a good source of other nutrients, including vitamin D (which aids bone health and the immune system) and choline (which helps metabolism and liver function, as well as fetal brain development). The white of an egg is mostly protein and all the other nutrients are found in the yolk (so ditch those egg-white omelettes for the real deal).
A single egg contains approximately 186mg of cholesterol, all of which is found in the yolk. Dietary guidelines recommend a consumption of no more than 300mg of cholesterol per day.
So yes, eggs can be good for your health as long as they are consumed in moderation. Considering their high cholesterol content, you can enjoy up to 7 eggs a week. Of course your consumption will depend on your health and dietary requirements. As we always say, it’s both the quality and quantity that counts! Mindful eating is the key.
Tips for eating eggs:
- The healthiest ways to cook eggs is to boil, poach or scramble them.
- Make a two-egg omelette with capsicum, spinach and mushroom and eat on a slice of multi-grain bread.
- Try getting in one to two serves of vegetables when you eat eggs.
- Eggs make great lunchbox fillers for children and are very portable when hard boiled.
- Add a chopped up hard boiled egg to the top of a salad.
Get cracking with these budget friendly power foods! Just be sure to skip on the typical parings of eggs fried in butter and served with bacon. Instead, partner with veggies in omelets and or quiches!
Eat Smart. Be Healthy.