14 Incredible Benefits of Eggs

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Posted on: 09 November 2017 by Verona Pinder

For a long time, eggs got a bad rap. There was this misconception that they were unhealthy, as they contain a high amount of cholesterol. However, as science has advanced, the truth about eggs has been revealed: not only is the cholesterol they contain the good type (HDL), but they are also packed with a wealth of vitamins and nutrients that are essential for overall health and well being.

If you’re looking to for a super healthy, highly fulfilling food to add to your diet, look no further than eggs.

Here’s a look at 14 reasons why you’ll want to start boiling, scrambling, poaching, sunny side upping (or however you like them) eggs on a regular basis.

  1. Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Studies have found that consuming eggs on a regular basis could help to significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers believe that the many nutrients that eggs contain have a positive effect on glucose metabolism, as well as inflammation. If you have a disposition to diabetes, eating more eggs might just help prevent you from developing this chronic condition.
     
  2. They’re versatile.  You can cook just about any type of dish with eggs.  And they can form the main part of it, or serve merely as an accompaniment.  From Egg Foo Young, to Egg Drop Soup.  Egg Tikka Masala, to Dippy Eggs with Soldiers, there are a multitude of ways to cook with them.
     
  3. Greater nutrient absorption. Not only will you absorb the many vital nutrients that eggs contain, but you’ll also absorb more of the important vitamins and minerals in other foods. For example, if you add an egg to your salad, you’ll absorb more of the nutrients in the vegetables that your salad contains.
     
  4. They’re cheap.  As far as stocking your cupboard goes, eggs are as cost-effective a way of doing that as you’ll find.  With half a dozen free range eggs available for less than £1 at most major supermarkets, you can hardly afford to leave them out of your diet.
     
  5. Improve bone health. Eggs can also help to boost the health of your bones. They contain an impressive amount of vitamin D, a nutrient that plays an important part in supporting healthy bones. In fact, the eggs that are produced today pack about 70 percent more vitamin D than they did in the 1980s, making them an excellent food chose to support optimal bone health.
     
  6. They keep.  According to the NHS, eggs have a shelf life of 28 days from the date that they were laid, making them a better choice than most other “perishables”
     
  7. Boost your mood. If you have a case of the doldrums, eggs might be able to put you in a better mood. They are an excellent source of folate, protein, iron and vitamin D, all nutrients that have been found to have a positive impact on the mood and even alleviate mild depression.
     
  8. Lower blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, eggs could help to bring it down, thus preventing your risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke. That’s because egg whites contain a compound – a peptide – that reduces blood pressure. In fact, this compound can effectively reduce blood pressure as much as certain low-dose high blood pressure medications.
     
  9. They fill you up. Eggs will fill you up and make you feel satisfied for a long period of time. Egg yolks contain protein, which has long been known to play an important role in satiating the appetite. Furthermore, scientists believe that eggs can also help to manage weight.
     
  10. They might protect your vision. Eggs contain zeaxanthin and lutein, important pigments for the eyes that are often referred to as “nature’s sunglasses”. These pigments shield the macula, a portion of the retina, from the rays of the sun that damage the eyes and the vision. Eggs can actually ward off macular degeneration, an age-related condition that could eventually cause blindness.
     
  11. Great source of protein. Eggs are an excellent source of protein, a vital nutrient that is crucial for various bodily functions, such as the creation of muscles, bones, skin, blood and cartilage. The amount of protein found in eggs is comparable to the protein offered in other sources of this vital nutrient, such as beef, chicken, fish and tofu; however, eggs are much less expensive than these protein-rich foods.
     
  12. Ease hangovers. If you’re struggling with a hangover, eggs might be able to help you recover faster. That’s because they contain cysteine, an amino acid that has been found to combat the toxic effects caused by alcohol consumption. Moreover, the protein found in eggs can make you feel more alert, which can also help to ease a hangover.
     
  13. You can recycle the shells.  Yep, that’s right.  Broken up egg shells can be used for several purposes.  You can sprinkle them on your plants to deter slugs and snails, shake them in soapy water to clean bottles, or add them to compost for their extra nutrients. You can find more ideas here.
     
  14. Rich in vitamin B12. A single medium-sized egg packs more than 55 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin B12. This vitamin aids in the formation of red blood cells, boosts metabolism, and also supports the nervous and immune systems.

So, with all of that in mind, will you be adding a few extra eggs to your next shop? 

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