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Facts About Eggs

By Julie Mansfield | 14th Nov, 2016

Eggs are a very popular food in the UK.  In 2011 the nation ate 11,512 million of them.  Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy and are relatively cheap.

A medium egg has a calorie value of 80 calories and a large one has 95 calories.  With their significant protein, vitamin and mineral content and relatively low saturated fat content, eggs are a valuable component in a healthy eating plan.

 

Cholesterol

It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol, however….our body does not absorb it.

The liver actually produces large amounts of cholesterol every single day. When we eat more eggs, the liver just produces less cholesterol instead, so it evens out

Bottom Line: Eggs are high in cholesterol, but eating eggs does not have adverse effects on cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people.

 

 Protein

Protein has many functions in the body, one being to help repair muscle tissue after exercise.

There is an evaluation scale for assessing protein, and the content found is eggs is at the highest point on the scale, ie. 100.  It is used as the reference standard therefore against which all other protein in foods are assessed.

Although protein is more concentrated around the yolk, there is in fact more protein in the albumen

 

Vitamins

Eggs contain most of the recognised vitamins with the exception of vitamin C.  Egg is a source of all the B vitamins.  t is also an excellent source of Vitamin A, D and some Vitamin E.

 

Minerals

Eggs contain many minerals that the body needs for health including

  • iodine – required to make the thyroid hormone
  • phosphorus – required for bone health
  • zinc – important for wound healing
  • selenium – an antioxidant
  • iron – vital ingredient of red blood cells although the availability of this iron to the body is still being investigated.

Take Home Message

The studies clearly show that eating up to 3 whole eggs per day is perfectly safe.

Really… eggs are pretty much nature’s perfect food.

On top of everything else, they are also cheap, easy to prepare, go with almost any food and taste awesome.