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Why Eggs Are Known as ‘Nature’s Multi-Vitamin’

04/25/2019
By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS

It’s unfortunate eggs have received such a bad rap from the health and wellness market lately. “Don’t eat eggs as they will increase your cholesterol.” “They will increase your risk for heart disease or stroke.” Sound familiar?

Let’s go ahead and squash this myth. Eggs, and the yolk they carry, are some of the most vitamin and mineral packed foods on this Earth. Don’t believe me? Here is the list of everything a single egg contains:

  • Protein: Necessary for children and adolescents as they are growing and developing.Just as necessary for adults to develop and maintain muscle
  • Healthy Fats: We need healthy fats for brain function, and to absorb vitamins and minerals.Additionally, good fats actually help our bodies burn fat
  • Selenium:An antioxidant which protects our body and immune system
  • FolateFor growth and maintenance of healthy cells
  • Pantothenic acid(Vitamin B5): Releases energy from our food for our body to use
  • Vitamin B12:For brain and nervous system functions and blood formation
  • Vitamin A: For growth and eye health
  • Iodine: To ensure proper functioning of our thyroid gland
  • Vitamin E: An antioxidant that protects our bodies against disease
  • Phosphorous: Helps build strong bones and teeth
  • Iron: To produce hemoglobin which carries oxygen around our bodies
  • Thiamin: To turn carbohydrates into energy our body can use
  • Zinc: Helps in growth, wound healing, blood formation and maintenance of tissues
  • Vitamin D: Important for bone health
  • Calcium: For building and maintaining bones and teeth
  • Biotin: Helps cell metabolism and the utilization of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
  • Lecithin: Contains acetylcholine, which has been proven to help brain function
  • Choline: Important in many metabolic processes, including those of liver, heart and brain
  • Lutein: Important for eye health
  • Antioxidants: They help defend your cells from damage caused by potentially harmful molecules.

Most people shy away from eggs because of the cholesterol. Studies, however, show that eggs and the small amount of cholesterol in them do not affect healthy people’s blood cholesterol. Myth squashed. 

Eggs are an amazing source of protein that keeps you full, but can be eaten in a variety of ways—which helps when boredom hits. One of my favorite breakfasts is 2 hard boiled eggs with 1 slice of whole grain toast, and half an avocado on top with some seasoning to dress it up a bit. You have a solid source of protein, vitamins and minerals (eggs), healthy fats, (yolk and avocado), and healthy whole grain carbs. (Btw: Making hard boiled eggs is hard if you don’t know how you like your yolk, but I LOVE my Rapid Egg Cookerfrom Amazon. You can make up to 12 eggs super fast, and you don’t have to worry about the yolk being runny or too hard. It’s a kitchen staple now.)

Rapid Egg Cooker
Photo Credit:Amazon

Do me a favor: don’t let the marketing gimmicks scare you away from this affordable food item that makes a huge impact on your health and nutrition. 

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