Are eggs good for me?

By Brooke Strickland

I feed my daughter a scrambled egg every morning.  The reason?  The health benefits of eggs are incredible and far outweigh any negative things you’ll hear about them. 

Did you know that eggs are great for your eyes?  They can help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.  They contain high levels of lutein, vitamin D, and zeaxanthin, has only 70-80 calories, 9 essential amino acids, and contains 6 grams of high quality protein.  Because they’re high in protein, you’ll feel fuller for longer and you’ll snack less in between breakfast and lunch.  In addition, they contain choline, which has been shown to help improve adult brain function and helps prevent fetal brain development and prevent birth defects with pregnant women. 

Eggs have gotten a bad rap in years past, but in fact, there are a lot of positive reasons why you should incorporate them into your diet on a regular basis.  Need some cooking or recipe ideas on how to incorporate these little beauties into your health regimen?   How about adding them into a scramble chocked full of fresh broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, and spinach?  Talk about a healthy and filling way to start your busy workday!  Or, add them into a breakfast burrito full of potatoes and veggies.  How about a frittata with spinach, tomatoes, and ham?  Or even better, make hardboiled eggs and include them into your lunch or snack time routine at work.  An egg and smoked salmon sandwich is a decadent way to eat them, or make an egg salad and pile it onto fresh-baked bread for dinner. 

There are hundreds of ways to eat and enjoy eggs.  The important thing to remember is to not load up the egg with a lot of cheese or greasy meat, which adds fat and unnecessary calories and additives.  Eat the egg as it comes to get the most nutrients out of them.  They’ll become your new best friend!