Eggs are one of the few foods that are a complete protein, which means it doesn't lack any of the essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks to all proteins. We classify some amino acids as essential because the human body cannot make them on their own and therefore must be taken in from food sources. Eggs offer a great option for getting easily digestible protein. Protein is essential for activities such as building/repairing muscle and producing antibodies. Antibodies are produced by white blood cells and help protect us from antigens that enter our bodies. Thanks to our adaptive immunity, our bodies develop will remember invading antigens and will be better equipped to fight them off the next time.
Some people try to avoid egg yolk due to the fat and cholesterol content. However, a lot of people don’t know that half of an egg’s protein is in the yolk. Additionally, there are a lot of healthy minerals and vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E, and B12 in the yolk. These vitamins are important for healthy skin, hair, and bones. Vitamin E also acts as an antioxidant which helps maintain a healthy nervous system.
Some people may be concerned about the cholesterol content in eggs. However, if you are a healthy adult (i.e. no history of type 2 diabetes, heart issues, or high cholesterol) a moderate intake of dietary cholesterol is okay. Did you know studies have suggested that the main culprit of high blood cholesterol is a diet high in saturated and Trans fats? For those that are cholesterol sensitive, we use a 4:1 ratio of egg white to whole eggs.
Not only are eggs a quick and easy way to get protein into your diet, they are also nutrient dense. Don’t limit eggs to breakfast! You can make hard boiled eggs and store them in the fridge for an easy snack when you’re on the run, or cut one up and put it on top of your salad for lunch. We love our Egg Salad snacks and wraps, which are made with low-fat mayo and a bit of cayenne pepper. Whether you’re feeling like sunny side up, scrambled or poached, eggs are a great option for anytime of the day.