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Eggs are sometimes called “nature’s miracle food.”
The are found in nearly every culture’s diet around the world, and for good reason. Eggs are versatile to cook with. They are high in protein and nutrients, one of the few food sources of Vitamin D, and pretty tasty!
Are Eggs Good for You?
Over the years, debate has raged about the true health value of eggs, mainly due to being high in dietary cholesterol (which is found in the yolks).
However, eggs are low in saturated fat, which is the bigger culprit when it comes to raising blood cholesterol levels.
Because of these facts, eggs have been given the proverbial “thumbs up” from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. WebMd’s Dr. Kathleen M. Zelman says they’re “hard to beat” for good nutrition.
So, bottom line, eggs are OK.
Is there a Right Way to Eat Eggs?
Where it can become tricky is in their preparation and in pairing them with other foods. Pairing them with healthy fruits, vegetables, and grains is a great way to add more eggs to your diet. But avoid cooking them in heavy oils or lard.
Whether scrambled, hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, baked, coddled, sunny side up, over easy, in an omelet or a soufflé—there are endless ways to cook them.
In honor of National Egg Month, here are some healthy facts everyone should know about eggs:
- Eggs are surprisingly good for teeth as they contain vitamins D and K, and phosphorus.
- Some studies have shown that eggs increase “satiety and help you [can] help you lose weight.”
- Eggs are high in choline, an essential nutrient associated with neurological health, fetal development, and prevention of several diseases.
- One large egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals all for 70 calories.
- Most of the vitamins and minerals in an egg are lost if the yolk is discarded; the white of an egg contains almost 60% of the total protein with the remaining in the yolk.
- All eggs are naturally gluten free; if a chicken is fed a grain containing gluten, it gluten is broken down during the digestive process.
- Although eggs are a common food allergy in children, research suggests most kids outgrow this allergy.
For more about proper nutrition, read Salud America!‘s coverage on the topic: