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Eggs are one of the few foods that could easily be classified as a “superfood.” They are loaded with nutrients and some of these nutrients are hard to find in the modern diet.
Research has found that people who have high levels of HDL tend to have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular issues. A recent study found that eggs are a great way to increase your HDL levels. Recently, scientists found that 2 eggs per day for 6 weeks raised HDL levels by 10%.
Studies show that eggs can help slow down eye degeneration due to aging. Two nutrients found in eggs, lutein and zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that accumulate in the retina of the eye. A recent study discovered that eating foods containing these antioxidants can reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration significantly. Egg yolks contain large amounts of both lutein and zeaxanthin. Eggs are also high in vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency is the most common cause of blindness in the world.
The human body needs protein to make tissues and the molecules that help with structural and the proper functioning of the body. Eggs are an incredible source of protein. Nutritionists have found that a large egg contains roughly 6 grams of protein. Adding to the health benefits of eggs in the large amount of essential amino acids found in the eggs. Amino acids help your body make full use of the protein in them. Protein can help with weight loss, lower blood pressure, better muscle mass and healthy bones.
Eggs contain minerals such as phosphorus, zinc and iron in large amounts. These minerals are important to the health of your body. Zinc helps your body maintain its immune system. Iron is required for many things to keep your body healthy and phosphorus works with calcium and other nutrients to build healthy bones and teeth. Eggs are also rich in iodine, which is required to make thyroid hormones, and selenium.
Choline is very important to the body and many people aren’t sure what it is. Choline is needed to build cell membranes and has been found to play an important role in producing signaling molecules in the brain. Studies have found that 1 egg has over 100 mg of choline.
Usually brown feathered birds lay brown eggs and white feathered birds lay white eggs. Of course there can be exceptions.
It usually takes between 24 to 26 hours for a hen to produce a single egg but some hens will lay more than one at times.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that it is less that 1/2 percent of all food borne illnesses are related to eggs. Roughly 1 egg in 20,000 may contain Salmonella.