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Getting the Health Benefits of Eggs

Updated on February 12, 2013

Eggs are egg-cellent foods, in terms of nutrition and taste.

It’s just bad that eggs have been associated with heart diseases for so long that many are still afraid of eating them… regularly.

Yes, it’s true that eggs contain cholesterol. As such, they may cause harm to our cardiovascular health. But there is more to eggs than their cholesterol contents. If only you’d look closer, you’ll see that the health benefits of eggs outweigh the threats.

Egg whites and egg yolks

The egg whites contain 92% water. The remaining percentile is composed of proteins and other nutrients, including vitamins and minerals.

The egg's proteins has all the 9 essential amino acids that our body needs. Our body has the ability to produce proteins too; but not all kinds.

The proteins which we cannot produce, we get from our foods. These are the “essential” amino acids. We get the benefits of these 9 amino acids by simply eating eggs.

The cholesterol in eggs is found in its yolk. If you’re watching your cholesterol intake, you can cut the yolk in half and still enjoy its health benefits.

More so, you can still eat a full egg by avoiding other foods with high cholesterol content, such as fried foods, burgers and donuts.

Health benefits from eggs

The health benefits of eggs come from its nutrient contents. Such include:

  • Tryptophan
  • Phosphorus
  • Sodium
  • Fatty acids,
  • Choline

Our brain benefits from eating eggs because of their choline content. It’s a type of Vitamin B complex that aids in the function of our cell membrane, brain functions and nervous system.

Recent studies show that eating eggs are good for our health. In fact, the benefits they provide also extend to our cardiovascular health. Choline supports our heart and blood vessels by prevents blood clotting of veins and arterial walls.

  • Selenium
  • Iodine
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin B12
  • Carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin

These phyto-nutrients take care of our eyes. They help reduce the risk of eye diseases in advanced age; such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

  • Vitamin D
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Other vitamins and minerals

Weight Loss benefits in eggs

Eating eggs benefits our weight maintenance, as well. A regular-sized egg contains 68 calories and 5 grams of fat.

With regular diet and exercise, eating egg should not be a concern to your heart and over-all wellness, for that matter.

Take eggs off your bad food list. Eggs are good foods. Imagine that every chick is developed from the mere nutrients contained in every shelled egg.

How healthy do you want eggs to be?

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    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks peggy! You're a doll!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We enjoy our eggs frequently and know that they are a healthy food source. Thanks for listing all of their good attributes. Up and useful votes as well as information for others to know.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for your comment, sweetie! I wish good health for your dad and the rest of the fam.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks dahoglund! I, too enjoy them...a LOT! I don't eat a lot of high-cholesterol foods, so at least I know I get good fats from eggs.

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      We been eating eggs a lot but since my dad is heart patient so he dont use yellow as per doctor's orders. I knew there were benefits of eggs but never knew they had so many health benefits. Voted it up and liked.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I did avoid eggs because of all the propaganda against them. However, I concluded that the amount of eggs I eat don't really matter. up and shared.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I just love eggs.

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      Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California

      I always buy Omega 3 eggs with DHA to get even more benefits.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I heart eggs as well. I don't mind having them daily.hihihi...

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I love eggs. I always keep a dish of hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator and have them for breakfast a few days a week. Sometimes I will have them over-easy for dinner.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Yeap, once a day is ok. :)

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Nice to learn that eggs are so nutritious. what a relief? now I can eat egg with joy. not too much though. thanks. Rated up and useful.