Why We Should Eat Eggs Every Morning
Eggs have had a hard time in the press, but their misrepresentation is being vindicated by new studies. It has now been shown that eggs do not cause heart disease. In fact, eating eggs actually improves your blood cholesterol levels. Read on to find out why you should add eggs to your morning ritual.
- Eggs can help you lose weight. The balance of protein and fat in an egg is enough to keep you full. That mid-morning snack attack can be a phenomenon in your past. In addition, those who eat eggs for breakfast often make better lunch choices than those whose carb-laden breakfasts are long gone by noon.
- Eggs can improve your memory. Eggs are a dietary source of an essential nutrient called choline. Since our bodies cannot produce enough choline, dietary sources of this nutrient are valuable. Choline has many functions, such as protecting the liver from accumulating fatty tissue. In addition choline is extremely important to brain development. The brain development of fetuses requires plenty of choline, making choline extremely important to pregnant women. Some studies suggest that choline is also important to memory function and may help prevent the memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Eggs have all of the essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are those that our body does not make – those we must consume. Sometimes it is difficult for vegetarians to consume the essential amino acids, but eggs can provide an easy, vegetarian solution.
- Eggs can save your eyesight. Two antioxidants found in eggs, Zeaxanthine and Lutein, are important to the retina. This means that consuming eggs can protect the eyes from both cataracts and macular degeneration. In fact, one study revealed that participants who consumed between one and three egg yolks per day increased Zeaxanthine by 114 – 142 percent and Lutein by 28 – 50 percent. These are dramatic results.
- Eggs are priced right. Compared to protein supplements and meats, such as beef, poultry and fish, even free-range, grain-fed, organic eggs are reasonably priced.
- Eggs lower the risk of heart disease. Although eggs contain cholesterol, researchers have concluded that dietary cholesterol does not significantly affect blood cholesterol levels. In fact, the opposite is true. Eating eggs raises your HDL (good) cholesterol while improving the quality of your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Studies have shown that dense LDL cholesterol, along with triglycerides, is the real culprit in heart disease. Eating eggs changes small, dense LDL particles into larger, more buoyant particles that do not clog arteries.
Whether you are hoping to lose weight or add a post workout protein boost to your diet, eggs may be the most natural and cost effective way to enhance your health. Now that the worry about raising cholesterol levels is behind us, we need to help eggs shed their bad reputation. These are nutrient powerhouses that are as close as our refrigerator.