In Defense of Eggs

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It’s safe to say that eggs have had their fair share of criticism over the years.  Deemed once a contributor to high cholesterol and heart disease, many people still shy away from making eggs a staple in their diet despite recent studies that prove their reputation false.  In fact, the American Heart Association says it’s okay for most people to have at least one egg per day, and after diving into the nutritional benefits of eggs, it will be no wonder why!

You probably already know that eggs are packed with protein—6 grams per egg! That is significantly more than any cereal or whole grain bread in my pantry.  Not to mention, your body metabolizes protein more slowly than carbohydrates, so you feel even more satisfied for a longer period of time.  The combination of fat and protein makes an egg one of the few foods that can keep you full through lunch.  One study even found that people trying to lose weight who consumed eggs for breakfast consumed fewer daily calories when compared to dieters who ate other foods for breakfast. 

Eggs also contain multiple B vitamins and other minerals such as zinc, iodine, selenium, molybdenum.  Eggs are also a significant source of an essential micronutrient called choline.  All of these vitamins and minerals are essential for normal cell function, brain development and metabolism. 

So now that we know what eggs do have, let’s be sure to mention some things that they don’t have.  One large eggs contains only 70 Calories and 0 grams of Carbohydrates.  That’s right – ZERO.  You don’t have to worry about added sugar or added anything, actually.  Unlike most cereals, breads and yogurts, eggs contain only one simple ingredient – eggs. 

In case eggs haven’t sold you based solely on their nutrition benefits, let me also mention one of my favorite things about eggs—cost! Eggs average about 17 cents per serving, making them the least expensive source of high-quality protein on the market.  No matter how great or small your grocery budget, there is likely room for eggs.  With the amount of food my kids are going through these days, I am always happy to find a nutrient-packed food that won’t break the bank!

Still unsure about eggs? Head on over to my friend and colleague's blog Real Mom Nutrition, where Sally discusses the truths behind the myths when it comes to the incredible egg.  You might be surprised what you learn!  

Also, try some of my favorite egg recipes : Black Bean, Egg and Cheese Tostadas and Huevos-Rancheros Inspired Chopped Salad.