Easter is coming up fast and it’s making us think about the one thing all breakfast lovers crave: eggs! We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it just so happens that eggs are a great source of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that have tons of health benefits, so it’s really no surprise that, when it comes to breakfast food items, eggs make it to the top of the list.
Let’s take a closer look at why we have such high ‘eggs-pectations’ of this beloved breakfast food.
1) Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods in the world
A single large boiled egg contains:
- Vitamin A: 6% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA)
- Folate: 5% of the RDA
- Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA
- Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA
- Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA
- Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA
- Selenium: 22% of the RDA
Eggs also contain significant amounts of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc.
2) Eggs are great sources of “good” cholesterol
HDL is short for High Density Lipoprotein, also known as “good” cholesterol. Studies show that HDL helps reduce Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, thus lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke and various health problems. Eating eggs is a great way to increase HDL. Studies show that eating 2 eggs per day for 6 weeks increases HDL levels by 10%.
3) Eggs are great for your eyes
One of the consequences of ageing is that your eyesight tends to get worse. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that build up in the retina of the eye, which help counteract some of the degenerative processes that can affect your eyes.
Studies show that eating eggs yolks which contain adequate amounts of these nutrients can significantly reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, two very common eye disorders.
Eggs are also high in Vitamin A, the lack of which is the most common cause of blindness in the world.
4) Eggs are an excellent source of protein
Proteins make all sorts of tissues and molecules that serve both structural and functional purposes. Eggs are an excellent source of protein. In fact, a single large egg containing 6 grams of protein.
Eggs also contain all the essential amino acids in the right ratios, so our bodies are well equipped to make full use of the protein in them.
5) Eggs are filling and can help you lose weight
Because eggs make you feel incredibly full, you are likely to consume less calories after eating eggs, so it’s easier to lose weight. For instance, someone who eats a bagel breakfast is likely to feel just as full as someone eating 2 large eggs for breakfast, however, the person eating the 2 large eggs will have consumed fewer calories.
6) Eggs help lower blood pressure
The myth that eggs cause heart disease prevailed for a very long time, turning people away from their favourite breakfast food. However, that myth has since been busted by scientists around the world. It now appears that eggs may be good for the heart, lowering blood pressure in the same way as Ace inhibitors, prescription-only pills taken by millions around the world.
So the next time you order up at Boom Breakfast, the best breakfast place in Toronto to enjoy your eggs, you’ll know that you’re making the right choice for your health and your taste buds.