A common breakfast food for many, eggs are versatile, delicious and filled with health benefits. Unfortunately, inaccurate studies gave eggs a bad reputation for increasing cholesterol. To unscramble the myths, eating eggs may actually increase “good” HDL cholesterol, while lowering your risk for blood clots, stroke and heart attack. Eating foods that contain cholesterol have little effect on your blood serum cholesterol levels. However, eating a diet high in refined carbs causes inflammation and elevates triglyceride levels that lead to an increase in “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Let’s crack into the benefits of eggs and why they make a great protein-rich, whole-food addition to meals and snacks. An excellent source of protein, choline, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, eggs help with weight loss, building muscle, reducing inflammation, enhancing mental performance, and improving heart health. Most of the nutrients and much of the protein is found in the yolk, so make sure you eat the whole egg to obtain the most health benefits.
- Packed with 6 grams of muscle-building protein that boosts metabolism and supports weight loss.
- Rich in brain-boosting, anti-inflammatory choline that supports fat loss via liver detoxification.
- A great source of carotenoids that are important for eye health, fat soluble vitamins that help balance hormones, antioxidant-rich selenium, detoxifying sulfur, and beauty-boosting biotin.
How To Enjoy
Versatile and delicious, eggs taste great sunny side up, poached, hard-cooked, scrambled, in an omelet, or even raw in a protein shake. For maximum nutritional benefits enjoy eggs whole with the yolk and select organic, local “pastured” or “free-range” eggs when available. Eggs from chickens grazing on grass will contain more anti-inflammatory omega-3s. You can also buy “omega-3 enriched” eggs for a nutrient boost.
Eggs are a a common food sensitivity, which is why it’s best to eat a wide variety of proteins so you don’t eat eggs every day. If you suspect an egg sensitivity, then get tested and try an elimination period.
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