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SuperFood Saturday: Eggs

SuperFood Saturday: Eggs

Eggs have a bad reputation for increasing cholesterol, but research shows that little of this cholesterol actually makes it into the bloodstream. This powerful protein source is an easy way to pack in a wealth of nutrients. To overcome an egg’s bad rap, here are some of the prominent nutrients found in eggs.

 

 

  • Protein – One large raw egg contains about 6 grams of full protein, meaning they contain all the amino acids (building blocks of protein) that the body needs. This type of protein helps to maintain lean protein and manage weight.
  • Yolk Nutrients – The yolk may be the part of the egg that people are most afraid of they contain most of the beneficial nutrients for the body. The tiny yellow center contains an abundance of Vitamin A, and antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Together, these compounds protect against macular degeneration and promote overall eye health.
  • Riboflavin and folate, are also a large part of the egg’s center, and the egg is nature’s best source of Choline. These compounds help to increase brain function. The Vitamin B found in an egg can be beneficial to pregnant women, as Vitamin B compounds influence a baby’s brain and nervous-system development.

 

  • Vitamin D – Few foods other than eggs contain vitamin D. The vitamin D in eggs will increases the body’s metabolism of calcium and assists with proper immune function.


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