Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years because of cholesterol fears; however, new research has dispelled the notion that eggs are bad for you. Many people feared that eating eggs raised blood cholesterol levels and increased your chances of getting heart disease. Based on new research, scientists have found that the cholesterol you eat has very little effect on the cholesterol levels in your blood, which is mostly produced by your liver. Another benefit is that eggs are low in saturated fat which generally is a larger issue. It’s long been known that diets high in saturated fats are a significant risk factor for artery or heart disease.
Just like ripe bananas, eggs are also a nutritional powerhouse and contain nearly all the vitamins and minerals you need to function daily. Here are 8 things that will happen to your body if you start eating 2 eggs a day.
1) Your eyesight will be preserved because of lutein in eggs.
You may have been told to eat your carrots as a child to maintain good eyesight; however, eggs also contain high levels of lutein. Lutein is a carotenoid that is essential for eye and skin health and research have shown that lutein in eggs provides up to 200-300% more bioavailability than lutein from vegetable sources. The benefits of eggs are that it’s easier for your body to absorb because eggs provide lutein in lipid form.
2) Vitamin D in eggs helps your body absorb calcium.
While many people take fish oil to get their recommended dose of vitamin D, one egg offers the same amount of vitamin D than a tablespoon of fish oil. And eggs taste a lot better in my opinion! To further increase vitamin D in eggs, some scientists have enriched chicken feed with vitamin D to increase the benefits of eggs. The researchers found that it correlated with an increase in vitamin D in the eggs as well. You may have already seen egg cartons labeled with higher levels of vitamin D or Omega-3 in your supermarket.
3) Vitamin B complex in eggs protects the skin, hair, and liver.
Biotin, selenium, and vitamin B12 are all vital for healthy hair and skin. Eating eggs daily provide the daily recommended allowance you need. Phospholipids in eggs also help your liver work more efficiently at eliminating toxins from your blood.
4) Omega-3 acids in eggs help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
While eggs contain about 150mg of cholesterol, it is balanced with phosphatides. New research found that eggs don’t increase blood cholesterol levels nor do they increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, in another study where participants ate 3 eggs a day for 12 weeks, researchers found that their subjects lost weight, reduced the amount of inflammation in their bodies, and even improved or maintained their blood cholesterol levels. With results like these, how can anyone dispute the benefits of eggs!
5) Eggs help you lose weight.
While some research has shown that a high-carb diet can lead to obesity, eggs are high in protein and low in carbs. One study has shown that eating eggs for breakfast helps with weight loss. Subjects in the study showed a 61% reduction in their Body Mass Index after consuming eggs for breakfast for 8 weeks. The other upside is protein sources like eggs generally keeps you feeling fuller than eating carbs alone.
6) Choline in eggs decreases the risk of breast cancer and other cancers.
Choline is an essential nutrient for the proper function of our cells but many people don’t get enough of it, especially women. New research has shown that women who consumed eggs as adolescents were 18% less likely to develop breast cancer. Unfortunately, the benefits of eggs don’t apply to all cancers. While choline does seem to prevent some cancers, some research also shows that it might increase prostate cancer risks in men.
7) Vitamin B9 in eggs is beneficial when pregnancy planning.
Vitamin B9 or folic acid which it’s commonly called is beneficial before and during a pregnancy to help prevent birth defects such as abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. Choosing Omega-3 rich eggs and eating a diet of other folate-full foods helps provide the daily recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid women need.
8) The benefits of eggs also include slowing down the aging process.
One egg contains 9 essential amino acids for healthy cells, protein for healthy muscles, lutein and zeaxanthin for healthy eyes, choline for healthy brains, vitamin D for strong bones, and other essential nutrients for a healthy body. Eggs are good for your skin, eyes, hair, heart, liver, intestines, muscles and bones. In other words, it’s a nutritional powerhouse!
H/t: Bright Side
With 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of healthy fat, iron, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and only 75 calories, eggs are truly a superfood from mother nature. Please share these 8 benefits of eating 2 eggs daily with your friends and family.