Eggs: The Amazing Wonder Food

Did you know? The egg is a tremendous serving of vitamins and nutrients in a convenient, low-cal single serve package.

One large egg only has about 72 Calories. Yet it provides 12.5% of your daily recommended protein, 14% riboflavin and 8% or more of the daily value for several other nutrients including vitamins A, D, E, B-6, B-12, folate, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.

People used to worry that eggs were too high in cholesterol to be healthy. Not true!  Studies have shown that eating eggs has no effect on blood cholesterol level or coronary heart disease incidence.

And while you’ve heard the stories about cholesterol, you probably haven’t heard about choline. Its role in human health was only discovered a few years ago. Choline is an essential nutrient for cell function, and plays a role in memory, heart health and transporting nutrients throughout your body. Pregnant women, mothers and babies, especially, require large amounts of choline.

Studies have shown that most Americans do not get nearly enough choline in their diets. Fortunately, eggs have a substantial amount! Just two large eggs contain about half of the recommended amount of choline.

Another thing eggs have going for them: Vitamin D. There are only a few foods that contain Vitamin D, and the egg is one of them. Recently, the USDA discovered that eggs have even more Vitamin D than previously thought. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption and use of calcium; It leads to healthy bones.

And here’s one last eye-opening fact: eggs also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two compounds that are good for eye health. They help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. See you at the breakfast table!

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