For years, I only ate egg whites because I was afraid the yolk had too much fat and I also never really liked the taste of a runny yolk. Well that has changed and I seriously think I could eat eggs, with a runny yolk, everyday! Well... to be honest, I pretty much do! They have become one of my favorite foods and my go-to when I want something quick and easy, yet nutritious! My favorite way to eat eggs is on a piece of toast with mashed up avocado!
One egg contains about 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, 200mg of cholesterol and about 13 other essential vitamins and minerals. Although people who have high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease should limit their cholesterol intake, cholesterol is actually essential for good health! There are vast amounts of it found in the brain and it is used to make the sex hormones oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
- Eggs contain all of the essential amino acids! Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein and are necessary for muscle growth.
- Rich source of the amino acid leucine, which is crucial in stimulating muscle protein synthesis.
- Eggs are easily digested and are bodies use these proteins efficiently.
- The yolk is fairly high in vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and some of the B vitamins. The yolk also contains all of the fat and cholesterol, as well as most of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
- The white of the egg contains about half of the protein, no fat, not vitamin A and about 20% of the total calories. Egg whites also have less of the other nutrients, except sodium and potassium.
- Eggs are a great brain food and are the richest dietary source of choline! Choline is also important for proper liver function, maintaining a healthy metabolism and increasing energy levels.
- Great source of Vitamin D! They provide 10% of the daily value and essential in developing and maintaining healthy bones, and is important for maintaining calcium and phosphate levels.
- Lecithin is concentrated in the egg yolk and is a substance that is crucial in the cell membranes in the body. Lecithin is important for the brain, specifically in regards to memory and cognitive processes.