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If I were a protein-rich food, I’d be…

Posted Nov 22 2010 8:17am

An EGG and here’s why!!

The quality of protein in an egg is the highest of any whole food; it is second only to breast milk. So, for grown-ups, this is as good a protein as you can get!  

Eggs are a great addition to breakfast because the protein aids in maintaining satiety (which can aid in weight management). Research suggests that eggs are consumed in the morning help people naturally eat less all day long. 

Eating whole eggs (yes, my friends the yolk and white) helps us get many wonderful nutrients!

Choline is important for brain function and heart health. Studies suggest that choline helps with prevention in Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease, and also a deficiency in choline may induce some cancers.

Vitamin B2 and vitamin B12 seem to help with glucose metabolism, combating damage to cells, and may help to improve cataracts.

Selenium may have a role in preventing cancer, especially prostate cancer.

Vitamin D, which is rarely found in food sources but can be synthesized by our skin in sunlight, has been linked to healthy bones, stronger immune systems, keeping the brain sharper as we age.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are antioxidants that may decrease the risks of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. 

So if you aren’t adding eggs to your daily routine -get cracking (hee hee)! For great online resources about eggs check out the Egg Nutrition Center .

Thanks to Janet Zimmerman, a University of Memphis Nutrition Student and Schilling Nutrition Therapy, LLC Intern, for another great post! You can follow Janet on Twitter as well at http://twitter.com/JanetZimmerman


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