Eggs & Nutrition
Multivitamin – With less than 80 calories and packed with 14 essential nutrients that your body needs, an egg is a nutrient-dense food. Nutritionally, eating an egg is like taking a multivitamin pill.
Brain Development – Eggs give us brainpower. Choline, a substance found in egg yolks, stimulates brain development and function. Choline has been recognized as an essential nutrient. Since it is necessary for good health, but is not produced by our body in adequate amounts, a continuous supply of choline must be provided by our diet. Two large eggs provide an adult with the recommended daily intake of choline.
Improved Concentration –Starting the day with a healthy breakfast that includes eggs gives you and your family a nutritious start to the day. This is because nearly all the essential nutrients your body needs can be found in an egg. Good nutrition affects a child’s ability to learn. Research has shown that eating a well-balanced breakfast can improve a child’s concentration level and attention span, behaviour and capacity to learn and perform at their best.
Weight Management – The protein in eggs can help you lose weight by controlling the rate at which your body absorbs calories. When managing your weight, choose foods that provide the maximum amount of nutrition for the least amount of calories. Eggs are great nutritional value for those trying to lose or maintain weight. A large egg contains 14 essential nutrients, but less than 80 calories. In addition, eggs come portion-packed, making serving size easy to manage.
Eyesight Protection – Eggs help to keep your eyes healthy. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in egg yolks and are believed to help protect eyes against damage due to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Research has shown that these antioxidants may be very important in reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people over age 65 years) as well as reducing the risk of cataracts.
Lasting Energy –Including protein-rich eggs in your meals and snacks helps sustain your energy level and curb hunger, cravings and unhealthy snacking. Protein is the most filling nutrient. It helps control the rate at which food energy (calories) is absorbed by your body. A large egg contains 6 grams of the highest quality protein found in any food. Protein is found in both the egg white and the yolk; just over half is in the white and the remainder is found in the yolk. Eat the whole egg to benefit from its full energy potential. Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein.
Building and Repairing the Body – Eggs are a complete protein containing the nine essential amino acids your body cannot produce naturally. Regarded as the “building blocks” of the body, amino acids help form protein and are vital to your body’s health. In addition to supplying energy for your body to function, protein is essential for building and repairing tissue and keeping your body strong and healthy. Muscles, organs, skin and hair, as well as antibodies, enzymes and hormones are all made from protein. Protein also helps fight infections, keeps body fluids in balance and helps your body maintain a healthy metabolism.