Oeuf in French, Tamago in Japanese, Anda in Hindi and Huevo in Spanish represent the word “Egg” in their respective languages. An Egg is such a wholesome product of nature which holds benefit profile like no other. Mankind has been consuming egg as a part of their meal since time immemorial and it has become everyone’s favourite. Eggs are one of the most widely used kitchen items and also a part of several dishes. They can be consumed raw, boiled, fried, scrambled, poached or in the form of an omelette.
Following are some of the major benefits that are bestowed upon us by eggs.
The abundance of Vitamins
– Eggs are rich vitamin A, B, D, E, and K. It is one of the best Sources of Choline which has got immense health benefits for our body. Thus adding eggs to your fruit platter is a brilliant idea for sure.
– Eggs provide us with minerals like calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc which play vital roles in various body mechanisms. Adding to the list eggs are a good source of selenium, a trace mineral which potentiates our immunity, fertility and cognitive function.
A brilliant Source of Protein
– Eggs are a great source of protein, one large egg (50g) contains 6 grams of high-quality protein. That is one of the reasons all gym trainers emphasize so much on eggs as a post-workout meal.
Essential Amino Acids
– We don’t call eggs the perfect food without any reason. Eggs are such a unique harvest that it contains all nine essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine) which our body cannot synthesize by itself.
Lowers Cholesterol levels
– Eggs do contain cholesterol, however, several studies have revealed that consuming eggs regularly actually reduces LDL (Bad Cholesterol) and increases HDL (Good Cholesterol).
Promote Brain and Nerve Health
One normal sized egg can fulfil about 25% of the daily recommended intake of choline which is essential for brain and nerve health. It is also required by phospholipids which is a part of cell membranes. Choline also improves memory function and cognition.
A Boon for Eye Health
Eggs have Lutein and Zeaxanthin that are an essential component for eye health. They also protect our eyes from developing age-related Macular degeneration and keep a check on free radicals.
Good Source of Vitamin B12
– Cobalamin or Vitamin B12 is involved in the metabolism of almost every cell of our body. Eggs are such an excellent source of vitamin B12 that two large eggs can provide almost 50% of its daily requirement.
Reduce Birth Defects
– Folate is a nutrient which can help prevent birth defects when consumed during pregnancy. One egg contains 44μg (11%) of folate and thus should be an important part of the diet of pregnant women.
Promote Healthy Hair and Nails
– Protein and amino acid profile of eggs along with the additional vitamins and minerals help promote hair and nail growth. It also contains Sulphur which participates in this function.
Helps in Weight Loss
– Various studies have witnessed better weight loss in the subjects consuming eggs in the breakfast instead of bagels. This may partly be due to a feeling of fullness and consumption of fewer calories during the rest of the day.
Reduce Oxidative Stress
– eggs have Selenium, an essential macronutrient that helps reduce oxidative stress. Selenium has also been associated with preventing certain types of cancer and tumours.
– Lastly and probably most importantly also, eggs provide all these benefits without burdening your pocket. These are readily available in markets, farms and if you like you can raise your own chicken also.