If you want to up your protein intake, then eating eggs might be the most convenient and the cheapest option.
Apart from proteins, eggs are full of amino acids, antioxidants and iron that boost your health. Egg yolk is equally beneficial as the white, as it contains a fat-fighting nutrient called choline that helps you with weight loss.
Make sure you are consuming organic eggs that are free from antibiotics, vaccines and hormones. The colour doesn’t matter as the difference is based on the type of chicken, they have the same nutritional value, said Molly Morgan, RD, a board certified sports specialist dietician, reports eatthis.com.
Here are seven surprising effects an egg can have on your body:
- Boosts your immune system
Eggs contain a special nutrient called selenium that helps support your immune system and regulate thyroid hormones. If your selenium intake is low, you are likely to develop two diseases – Keshan and Kashin-Beck – that can affect the heart, bones and joints. Eggs should be an essential part of your kids’ diets.
- Improves cholesterol profile
There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and high levels of both can affect your health. One large egg contains 212 mg of cholesterol and studies indicate that it improves your profile by raising HDL (good) cholesterol while increasing the size of LDL (bad) particles, which prevents cardiovascular problems.
- Improves skin and hair
Eggs are enriched with vitamin B2, B5 and B12 that are essential for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. It also helps the nervous system function properly.
- Protects your brain
Choline in eggs is not only a fat-fighting nutrient, but also an essential brain food. Studies associate lack of choline with neurological disorders and decreased cognitive function.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
Eggs contain 9 essential amino acids, deficiency of which can affect your mental health. According to a 2004 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, supplementing a diet with lysine significantly reduced anxiety and stress levels.
- Improves bones and teeth
For healthy bones and teeth, Vitamin D is essential, and eggs happen to be one of the few natural sources of this vitamin. An increase in Vitamin D leads to better absorption of calcium in the body which in turn contributes to healthier bones and teeth.
- Helps you lose fat
Eggs have been linked to weight loss for a reason — they are satiating, which means you feel full while eating lesser. A study showed that among people who ate a breakfast of either eggs or bagels, which contained the same amount of calories for eight weeks, the egg group lost 65% more body weight, 16% more body fat, experienced a 61% greater reduction in BMI and saw a 34% greater reduction in waist circumference. That is some motivation to consume more of this super food!