Rea­sons to love eggs, even at din­ner time

Lesotho Times - - Health -

PRO­TEIN makes up about 20 per­cent of a healthy body, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing that has struc­ture such as our hair and skin, the en­zymes that en­able es­sen­tial chem­i­cal re­ac­tions in the body, and the neu­ro­trans­mit­ters that trans­fer in­for­ma­tion in our brain. Pro­tein also pro­vides about 10 per­cent of the body’s en­ergy.

One egg has six grammes of pro­tein, in­clud­ing all of the amino acids in the proper ra­tios so our bod­ies can make full use of th­ese nu­tri­ents.

The rec­om­mended daily al­lowance is 46 grams for women, 56 for men. Eggs also of­fer vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, health­ful fats and an­tiox­i­dants. They are free of sugar and car­bo­hy­drates.

Th­ese are the rea­sons to be an egg enthusiast. Some peo­ple are never with­out their choco­late or their cof­fee; never be with­out a few dozen eggs in the fridge, usu­ally one dozen hard-boiled. It is true that eggs are high in choles­terol.

In fact, a sin­gle egg con­tains 212 mg, which is over half of the rec­om­mended daily in­take of 300 mg.

How­ever, it’s im­por­tant to keep in mind that choles­terol in the diet doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily raise choles­terol in the blood.

The liver ac­tu­ally pro­duces large amounts of choles­terol ev­ery sin­gle day. When we eat more eggs, the liver just pro­duces less choles­terol in­stead, so it evens out.

Did you know?

The yolk and the white both have pro­tein. A whole egg con­tains all the nu­tri­ents re­quired to turn a sin­gle cell into a baby chicken.

Eggs pro­vide long-last­ing en­ergy be­cause of the mix of pro­tein and health­ful fat.

Fresh eggs will last in the fridge for six to eight weeks.

Pas­tured eggs tend to be the most health­ful, as the birds spend time out­side in a pas­ture in­stead of be­ing con­stantly caged in a barn. They have ac­cess to a var­ied and nat­u­ral diet of seeds, grains, plants, in­sects and worms. Pas­tured eggs have been shown to be higher in vi­ta­mins, omega-3 fatty acids and an­tiox­i­dants, and lower in choles­terol and sat­u­rated fat.

— Wash­ing­ton Post`

The hum­ble egg has im­pres­sive health cre­den­tials.

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