Eggsactly How Healthy Are Eggs?
Whether they are hard-boiled, scrambled or sunny-side up, eggs can be a delicious addition to any meal and of course, Easter just wouldn’t be the same without them. But when it comes to nutrition, “eggs”actly how healthy are eggs?
In addition to tasting great and being very affordable, eggs provide many important nutrients including high-quality protein, choline, lutein and zeaxanthin among others. Research has shown that the nutrients in eggs may play a beneficial role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. Despite containing some fat and cholesterol, one large egg provides only about 70 calories and can fit into a heart healthy diet. In fact, new research shows eggs are lower in cholesterol than once thought. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one large egg contains about 185 mg of cholesterol so it is possible to eat an egg each day and stay below the recommended daily limit of 300 mg of cholesterol. If you want to include an egg in your daily meal plan, choose lower cholesterol foods throughout the rest of the day and if you want to enjoy more than one egg, consider combining one whole egg with egg whites.
What about brown eggs? Don’t judge an egg’s nutritional value by its color. The color of an eggs shell can vary depending on the breed of hen it comes from, however brown or white, the nutrients it contains are the same.
Eggs, when eaten in moderation can fit into a healthy diet and provide many important nutrients. For a delicious meal that includes eggs, try making this recipe for Idaho Potatoes with Peppers and Onions.