I love eggs and eat them every day. In my busy job I seriously need nutrient dense food that are portable and can be eaten on the run! Most days I cut up an avocado and combine it with 2 hard-boiled eggs and some mustard in a cup. Simple, yet so satisfying, filling, and easy! I do what I have to do and I need my brain to be working properly when working in intensive care… without getting a meal break most days! Here is why I love eggs and I ALWAYS eat the yolks!
1) Healthy FAT: Yes fat, does that word scare you? Well, believe it or not our brains are composed mostly of fat. 60 percent fat, according to this article. How are our brains supposed to work right when they are not giving them the proper building blocks. Fats also are essential to proper absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat cushions our body, keeps us warm, and is in the membrane of all of our cells. Bottom line: your brain and every cell in your body needs fat, so eat it and be happy!
…oh and P.S., fat does not make you fat or cause heart disease, sugar does. But that is an entire blog post in itself…
“Researchers have pointed to sugar, stress, nutrient deficiency, nutrient imbalance, rancid or damaged fats (like those from processed crop oils), smoking and the chronic inflammation that results from all of the above as major contributing factors in heart disease” (source)
2) Protein: The average large egg contains 7 grams of protein! Quite the protein punch for such a little package. If you are active in your life, or if you just enjoy helping your body repair from everyday wear and tear then you need protein in your life. Animal protein is an ideal source of protein for us to consume because plant protein can be difficult for our bodies to properly absorbed. Plants contain antinutrients, and these antinutrients pose a major constraint in the use of plant protein sources. Egg protein also has a high absorption rate of 1.5-3 hours.
…oh and P.S.S., animal protein is not going to cause cancer or give you kidney failure. T. Colin Campbell was wrong.
3) Nutrients: I will let this wonderful infographic from Green Med Info explain it to you….
Where else are you going to find so much nutrition in such a tiny little package? Yeah I know vitamins are small too, but most of them are created in labs. Our bodies do much better when given nutrients as they occur naturally, not synthetically.
So do I have you convinced yet? If you want to go into greater detail about the incredible edible egg I highly suggest picking up a copy of “Eat The Yolks” by Liz Wolfe, NTP. She covers every angle and argument about eggs, everything from cholesterol to veganism. Plus this woman is HILARIOUS!!! You will laugh your way through this book! Laughter enhances memory, and so do the healthy fats in eggs…just sayin’
Do you eat eggs? What is your favorite egg recipe? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!
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