You’ve probably heard it discusses a thousand times before, but eating eggs are an important part of diet and fitness. Whether it be for the egg whites and all of the great protein that they provide, or all the nutrition that is contained in the yolk, you need to be adding eggs to your diet regularly – I mean every day!
The Health Benefits of Eggs
The thing that I love the most about eggs is that they are so versatile. I can rattle off so many different ways to prepare eggs, whether they are eaten alone or in a dish, for breakfast or lunch or dinner, there’s just so many ways that you can consume them that you should never grow tired of them. I’m big into breakfast and brunch, and I don’t think a weekend goes by that I don’t have an omelet or an eggs benedict. During the week, when I’m a little pressed for time, I eat a few hard boiled eggs per day. Part of my meal prep on Sundays is spent getting these ready for the week.
Eggs are undoubtedly one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, even the yolk (which gets a lot of debate). Inside of every egg, there is a wealth of protein, fats, and other nutrients that promote overall health for your body. On top of that, they are a great source of boosting your testosterone in place of buying supplements like these.
Their protein content is by far the best benefit of them. Pound for pound, eggs are one of the best sources of high-quality protein of any food. Throw on top of that how affordable they are, they should be a big part of any diet and fitness enthusiast’s diet. Eggs provide a number of amino acids that help in the building of muscle and repairing damaged tissue (like after a workout).
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As mentioned above, there is worry about the amount of cholesterol that eggs contain, especially in the yolk. However, you should be having a healthy amount of cholesterol in your diet. To start things off, there have been studies conducted on eggs and cholesterol, and no direct relation has been found. So there goes that myth that eggs cause heart disease. What was found, however, was that those who have heart disease more than likely got little to no exercise and ate a fatty diet. If you avoid those habits, then eating some eggs shouldn’t be a worry for you.
Eggs actually contain good cholesterol (HDL) for you, despite the belief that all cholesterol is bad. Cholesterol helps produce many different hormones in your body that benefit the endocrine system. In simpler terms, if there isn’t enough cholesterol in your diet, you won’t be making as much of your sex hormones (testosterone for men, estrogen for women).
A benefit to HDL, the good cholesterol, is it has the ability to convert the bad cholesterol (LDL) to the good kind. So not only eggs beneficial to you as a whole, they actually help to revert the damage done by eating fatty foods that are rich in LDL.
According to WebMD, a standard egg contains the following:
- 75 calories
- 7 grams of high-quality protein
- 5 grams of fat
- 1.6 grams of saturated fat
- Vitamins D, E, K, B6
- Minerals such as Calcium and Zinc
Eggs also have disease-fighting nutrients such as zeaxanthin and lutein (the carotenoids mentioned above), which help reduce the risk of macular degeneration (an eye affliction that can lead to blindness). They also contain choline, which helps the brain development and memory.
Other benefits of eggs include making you feel more full (keeping you from craving unhealthy snacks), protecting bone health due to their Vitamin D and Calcium content, and helping to fight iron deficiency with 2 milligrams per serving.
It’s plain to see that eggs aren’t the diet “no-no” that they are believed to be. If you don’t already, it’s time to add them to your daily diet regimen. Your body will thank you for it!
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