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Eggs For A Healthy Life

Updated on August 28, 2012

Things You Should Know About Eggs

With this Easter holiday approaching many are busy coloring eggs as our ancestors before us did year after year. But there is one thing many do not know and that is just how healthy that particular Easter treat is to children and adults alike.

One reminder before we began gathering facts about eggs, eggs are perishable and should be refrigerated. It's best if they are used before the expiration date. For every hour left at room temperature eggs age an entire day. This advice comes from the American Egg Board.

Salmonella risk is very low because cooking kills the bacteria. It is best to avoid eating raw eggs. The salmonella scare in recent years was a very rare event as egg producers in the United States are under strict rules and regulations to prevent contamination from developing.

Eggs contain a large amount of cholesterol but eggs can lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time raising the HDL (good) cholesterol. Studies have shown that eating eggs are not related to body cholesterol or cardiovascular problems.

Eggs are packed full of proteins which are found mostly in the egg white. The yolk has anti-clotting proteins which help lower the risk of heart attack or stoke. The egg yolk contain 80% of the calories and all the fats found in the egg. The yolk has 90% of all the calcium and iron. Eggs have essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants all with just 70 calories in a single large egg.

Health Benefits

Eggs have many health benefits.  They can help you with weight management, muscle strength, strong vision, brain function, strong bones, skin care, cataract treatment, and a healthy pregnancy.

The protein in eggs provide energy which is sustained at a steady pace.  This is important in weight management as you feel fuller and don't get hungry in between meals as often. The energy is key to daily activities. The protein helps build strong muscles and prevents muscle loss in middle age and aging adults.

Egg yolks contain antioxidants essential for eye health.  Yolks also contain choline to aid in brain function and contributes to a healthy pregnancy by preventing birth defects.  Choline also reduces fat found in the liver.  

Egg yolks contain Vitamin D a steroid vitamin which keeps the immune system regulated to prevent disease.  It maintains strong bones and teeth. New benefits of vitamin D are being found every day.

Iron found in the egg yolk is one important mineral that helps with brain function, immune system, and blood formation.

Eggs contain zinc which aids in the digestive tract, immune system and regulates hormones. The iodine in eggs prevents most types of cancer and helps with chronic fatigue.  

Eggs provide 13 essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins which make for a healthy diet, they are also affordable and easy to cook.


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      Diana L Pierce 6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank for the nice comments.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I like'm. I ate these at breakfast this morning! I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I eat eggs because they are indeed very good for us. I don't really like them though. But having said that, a great deviled egg would be nice right now. Thanks for the information about eggs!