Eating more eggs is a fantastic way to give you a healthy boost. Consumption of whole eggs is vital as a significant amount of the protein and nutrients in eggs is found in egg yolk (which contains more than 90% of the calcium and iron of an egg). If you do not eat eggs regularly, here are four reasons why you should consider adopting them into your meal plan:
1. Get Your Vitamins
A small egg is packed with several vitamins essential to your health including:
• Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which helps your body break down food into energy
• Vitamin B12 (cobalamin), which is vital for the production of red blood cells
• Vitamin A (Retinol), which is ideal for your eyesight
• Vitamin E (tocopherol), which fights free radicals that can cause tissue and cell damage, which can lead to cancer
Vitamins A and B2 are also important for muscle growth, and helps during the anabolic post-workout state thanks in large part to a metabolism-spiking protein punch. For more information on the metabolic benefits of eggs and to find some quick and easy egg recipes online, visit Getcracking.ca for the shakedown on how this one addition to your diet can make a world of difference.
2. Lose that belly flab
Did you know that eating eggs can help you lose weight? This may surprise those who think eggs are “fattening” or “unhealthy,” but a study by the Rochester Obesity Research Center found that eating eggs at breakfast helps limit calorie intake throughout the day — upward of 400 Calories per day. This means you could lose three pounds or more a month by eating at least one egg each day you hit the gym.
Eggs keep you full for longer which means that you are less likely to succumb to a mid-morning snack or overindulge at lunchtime. And although eggs contain cholesterol, it’s “dietary cholesterol” different from “blood cholesterol” in your body. Despite the health recommendations of the past, there is no evidence that eating eggs will increase your blood cholesterol levels.
3. Get those essential minerals
Eggs are packed with minerals like iron, zinc and phosphorus that are essential for your body’s ability to build muscle mass and keep its immune system strong. Iron is necessary to fight off lethargy, while Zinc keeps your immune system in top shape and helps your body transform food into energy. Phosphorus, meanwhile, is important for the health of bones and teeth. And, as a bonus, there are trace elements (minerals you need in small amounts) in eggs of iodine, needed to make thyroid hormones, and selenium, a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce your risk of Cancer.
4. Get your fill of low-calorie protein
An average egg contains only 70 to 85 calories and about 6.5 grams of protein. This means that three eggs (210 to 255 calories) provide 19.5 grams of protein: Eating a Spanish omelette with three eggs, or three scrambled eggs or poached on toast, will keep you full for hours.
Eggs are one of the most complete and versatile foods available. It has a valuable role in providing a healthy diet for all and especially those looking to build muscle mass at the gym.
Michael Sanduso lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a freelance writer and editor, tech geek, and stay at home father.