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Crack Open a Miracle

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

A multitude of nutrients can be found when you crack open an egg. Eggs are referred to as nutrient rich since they have a high concentration of nutrients in relation to their caloric content (75 calories per large egg). Consuming nutrient-dense foods enables us to meet our nutritional demands without consuming too many calories. The benefit of eggs' high nutrient density is crucial for older persons and anyone who is overweight.

The best-known use for eggs is as a source of superior protein. All of the necessary amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, are present in the protein in eggs. In addition to a variety of other nutrients, such as the vitamins A, B12, D, and E, folate, and the mineral iron, eggs are a good source of the B vitamin riboflavin. Choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin are just a few of the nutrients found in eggs that scientists are just now starting to understand.

Choline is now recognized as being essential for the growth of the fetal brain and the formation of memory. Lack of choline during pregnancy can result in a poor memory or diminished memory function that lasts the rest of one's life. All cells require choline to operate normally, and it ensures the structural growth and signaling capabilities of cell membranes. According to some research, choline may help people retain both verbal and visual information later in life. According to research, choline may also help prevent neural tube abnormalities, fatty liver, and heart disease. A single large egg yolk contains 125 mg of choline, which is a significant amount and meets at least 25% of our daily requirements.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the main cause of blindness in persons 65 and older, has been found to be prevented by the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, two yellow-orange plant pigments. In the macular region of the retina and the eye lens, lutein and zeaxanthin assemble. These carotenoids may shield the eye from oxidation-related harm, according to scientists. According to studies, consuming large amounts of these antioxidants can reduce the risk of cataracts and AMD by up to 20% and 40%, respectively. According to one study, lutein may also help lower the chance of developing heart disease.

Depending on the diet of the hen, some foods—like dark green leafy vegetables—contain more lutein and zeaxanthin than egg yolks—which range from 150 to 250 mcg and 213 mcg, respectively, per large egg yolk. The lutein and zeaxanthin from egg yolks are absorbed by the body more readily than lutein and zeaxanthin from other sources, according to study, because egg yolks contain fat.

Eggs are a great source of high-quality protein, and eating them also provides a variety of other essential nutrients, such as choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin, as well as vitamin A. Eggs are not only nutrient-dense, but they are also affordable and simple to prepare in a variety of ways. Almost a miracle, that!


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