Eggs Forgotten Superfood?
The humble egg, packed with nutrition and relatively low in fat. So are eggs forgotten superfood? Well in my opinion yes they are. They are a cheap foodstuff, they are low in calories and they are one of the most versatile foods there is.
Eggs are naturally rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium and iodine. They also contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline, and other essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus. It is recommended that people should eat more foods with lower energy densities and fewer foods of high energy density so that they feel fuller for longer and more able to control their body weight. Eggs are classified as having a low energy density.
Fats and Cholesterol.
9.0% of the egg content is fat. The fat of an egg is found almost entirely in the yolk; there is less than 0.5% in the albumen. Most of an egg’s total fatty acid composition is monounsaturated (approximately 38%). About a further 16% is polyunsaturated and only 28% is saturated. Eggs are also rich in long chain omega-3 fatty acids They therefore provide a useful alternative source of these important essential fatty acids, especially for people who do not consume oily fish.
Eggs also contain cholesterol and lecithin, which are fat-like substances that are essential to the structure and function of all cells in the body. However these substances are not dietary essentials, as our bodies are able to synthesise them. Cholesterol helps to maintain the flexibility and permeability of cell membranes and is also a raw material for the fatty lubricants that help to keep the skin supple. Cholesterol is essential for the production of sex hormones, cortisol, vitamin D and bile salts.
Eggs are so versatile and have so many varying uses. Whether used as a base for a meal or as an ingredient towards a meal, the humble egg in my opinion is a superfood that is becoming overlooked. If you want to see just how versatile the humble egg can be check out this website that has pages and pages of egg recipes and meal ideas, including low-calorie recipes for us calorie counting individuals.
So isn’t it time you put eggs back on your menu and help lift the humble egg to the accolade it deserves and let’s make sure eggs forgotten superfood is changed to eggs the best superfood money can buy.
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