Crack­ing ben­e­fits of eggs

A cheap and easy ‘su­per­food’

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It’s Easter, and while it’s okay to try those choco­late eggs, let’s take a mo­ment to ap­pre­ci­ate the nu­tri­tional value of real ones too. Cheap, quick and easy, and they go with ev­ery­thing. And you might be sur­prised to know just how good they are for you.


“As well as be­ing rich in vi­ta­min D, essen­tial for nor­mal bones and teeth and for both mus­cle and im­mune sys­tem func­tion, they’re also a good source of DHA - one of the omega 3 fatty acids - that con­trib­utes to nor­mal brain and eye func­tion,” says Dr Juliet Gray, nu­tri­tion­ist and ad­viser to the Bri­tish Egg In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice ( “They’re also rich in se­le­nium, im­por­tant for hair and nails, the im­mune sys­tem, and thy­roid func­tion. They con­tain more than 100 per cent of the RI (ref­er­ence in­take) for vi­ta­min B12, needed for red blood cell func­tion. Also vi­ta­min A, vi­ta­min B2, fo­late, bi­otin, pan­tothenic acid, io­dine and phos­pho­rus.”


Char­lie Turner, co-founder of Neat Nu­tri­tion (neat-nu­tri­, says egg is great to in­clude in your diet: "Poached eggs and av­o­cado is one of my sta­ples; high in pro­tein and nu­tri­ents, quick and easy to cook, and bud­get-friendly too. Eggs con­tain all the essen­tial amino acids your body needs when re­fu­elling af­ter a work­out and their high pro­tein con­tent helps to keep you sa­ti­ated all morn­ing."


Rob Hob­son, co-au­thor of The Detox Kitchen Bi­ble, ad­vises to start the day with an egg. “Re­search has shown that peo­ple who eat eggs at break­fast eat less across the rest of the day com­pared to those who opt for grain-based ce­re­als,” he ex­plains. “Most of us don't get enough oily fish, so adding smoked salmon will boost those heart health omega 3 lev­els, and your

in­take of vi­ta­min D, which many of us lack.” Serve on a bed of spinach or slice of gra­nary toast for ex­tra vi­ta­mins and fi­bre.


One medium-sized egg con­tains about 65 calo­ries, which makes them a fan­tas­tic choice as a healthy lowcalo­rie snack. Not only will an egg leave you feel­ing far more sat­is­fied than say a packet of crisps or sin­gle di­ges­tive biscuit, they'll also re­ally count in those healthy-eat­ing ef­forts, thanks to their su­per-charged nu­tri­tional con­tent.


“Eggs con­tain vi­ta­min A, which helps the process of cell devel­op­ment - es­pe­cially the devel­op­ment of new skin cells. This is why vi­ta­min A is of­ten in­cluded in beauty prod­ucts,” ex­plains Shona Wilkin­son, head nu­tri­tion­ist at nat­u­ral health re­tailer Nu­tri­Cen­tre (nu­tri­cen­ “They also con­tain the an­tiox­i­dants se­le­nium, which helps pre­vent free rad­i­cal dam­age, which is part of the age­ing process, and lutein and zeax­an­thin, which help pro­tect the skin against UV dam­age that leads to brown spots and wrin­kles.”

GET CRACK­ING: Eggs are rich in pro­tein

and low in calo­ries

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