So have we been bamboozled this whole time? Until recently, eggs have been given a pretty bad wrap by health care professionals.
Doctors warn that eggs can increase our risk of cardiovascular-related disease. But can taking eggs out of your diet cause more harm than good?
If you consume animal products, then it is likely a good idea for you to include eggs in your diet on a regular basis! Eggs have numerous health benefits that can help with everything from weight loss to chronic illness.
So what can eggs do?
Raise our good cholesterol
Not all cholesterol is created equal. There are two types of cholesterol we need to concern ourselves with: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol”, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol”.
Eggs help to raise our HDL. In the long run, this can actually keep our cholesterol balanced.
You likely know that we need to eat more Omega-3 fatty acids (link to EFA blog post). But do you know why?
Two essential fatty acids that we need to consume to keep our bodies functioning in tip-top shape are Omega-3 and Omega-6. These should be consumed in approximately a 4:1 ratio or Omega-6:Omega-3, however the ratio we actually consume is more like 50:1.
Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory, meaning they create inflammation in the body. This is necessary for healing and for our immune systems, however we also need a good amount of Omega-3 to keep this in check.
Eggs (especially cage-free) are high in Omega-3s, which means they can help to reduce inflammation in our body.
The word “bioavailable” means that our body can breakdown and utilize something more efficiently. Eggs fall into this category of proteins. They are a high-quality, easy to absorb source of protein that take only a few minutes to cook up.
Provide essential micronutrients (and help with prenatal development)
Most people look to plants when they think of vitamins, however eggs are high in a number of micronutrients as well, particularly in B-vitamins. This is particularly important for women who are looking to conceive as eggs are high in naturally occurring folate. Folate is actually essential for the healthy growth of a baby in the first trimester.
Whether you add them to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or even grab a hard-boiled egg as a snack, these are pack a nutritional punch!