We're putting eggs centre stage. Fried, scrambled or boiled, there's so many ways to enjoy these little shells of goodness... And your health with thank you for it
How do you like your eggs in the morning? It doesn’t really matter so long as you only enjoy them a few times a week, right? Well, wrong actually.
“The recommendation on how many eggs we can eat has changed over the years and as such has become a common source of confusion,” explains Tracy Parker, heart health dietician at the British Heart Foundation (bhf.org.uk).
“In the past there was a restriction on eggs because it was thought that foods high in cholesterol could contribute to increasing blood cholesterol – a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Current research now shows that for most healthy people, cholesterol in foods has less effect on their blood cholesterol level. In laymen’s terms, what we now understand is that moderate egg consumption does not seem to increase the risk of heart disease in healthy individuals,” she concludes. One study found that by consuming two eggs per day for six weeks, patients increased their HDL levels, the good cholesterol which can actually prevent the risk of many cardiovascular diseases, by 10 percent.
Containing a little bit of almost every nutrient you need for optimal health (think vitamins, protein, calcium and zinc) how can something so small pack such a mighty punch? Boasting an average of six grams of protein and five grams of healthy fats as well as a wealth of vitamins and antioxidants known to support heart, brain and eye health, eggs have truly earnt their superfood status.
Juliet Gray, nutritionist for British Lion Eggs, lifts the lid on some unusual egg trivia, which should get you eating up your eggs in no time!
Eggs are back in fashion, hurray!
In the past two years alone, egg sales have increased by more than 10 percent following good news on their health benefits.
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse
They’re naturally high in vitamins, selenium and iodine as well as containing other nutrients which are particularly important during pregnancy and for child development such as folate, choline and omega 3 fats.
Eggs are one of the few sources of vitamin D
Just two medium eggs contributes towards nearly two thirds of your daily recommended intake (RI) which is essential for absorbing calcium, muscle function and strengthening the immune system.
Eggs are rich in high quality protein
This is key for muscle function and muscle recovery, especially after exercise. Plus, research suggests that the large amount of protein may help with weight control by keeping you fuller for longer. Hello omelette!
Eggs are surprisingly low in calories too
One medium egg contains just 66 kcal, so they are a great option for anyone following a low calorie diet.