Health Benefits of Eggs


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They Offer Complete Protein

One egg has 6 grams of the stuff, with all nine “essential” amino acids, the building blocks of protein. That’s important because those are the ones your body can’t make by itself. The egg white holds about half that protein and only a small portion of the fat and cholesterol. 

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They’re Nutrient Dense

That means eggs have more nutrients — vitamins, minerals, amino acids — per calorie than most other foods. Have an egg and you’ll get:

  • High-quality protein
  • Selenium
  • Phosphorus
  • Choline
  • Vitamin B12
  • Multiple antioxidants, which help keep your cells healthy.
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They Help Your ‘Good’ Cholesterol

This “good” cholesterol, called HDL, seems to go up in people who have three or more eggs a day. Of course, LDL, the “bad” type, goes up, too. But the individual pieces of each get bigger. That makes it harder for the bad stuff to hurt you and easier for the good stuff to clear it away.

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They Can Lower Your Triglycerides

Your doctor tests you for these along with HDL and LDL. Lower triglycerides are better for your health. Eating eggs, especially those enriched with certain fatty acids (like omega-3s), seems to bring down your levels.

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They Can Lower Your Odds of a Stroke

Though studies vary, it appears that a daily egg might lower your risk. In a recent Chinese study, people who had about one a day were almost 30% less likely to die from hemorrhagic stroke than those who had none.  

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They Help With Portion Control

At about 70 calories per egg, you know exactly what you are getting. And they travel easy, too. Hard boil a couple and stick ‘em in your cooler.  Add a salad or a couple of slices of bread and you’ve got a quick, healthy lunch.

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They’re Affordable

At 20 cents a serving, you can’t beat it for a high-quality protein that won’t break the bank. Add a slice of whole-grain toast, some avocado, and a little hot sauce, and you have a meal fit for a king at a pauper’s price. And you don’t have to worry about sugar or carbs because eggs don’t have either.

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They’re Heart Healthy

Surprised? It’s true. Overall, people who eat more of them don’t seem to raise their chances of heart disease. Even people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes were just as heart healthy after a high-egg diet designed for weight loss. In a recent Chinese study, people who ate about an egg a day were almost 20% less likely than non-egg eaters to develop heart disease.

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They Satisfy

Have them for breakfast and you’ll feel full longer. That’ll make you more likely to eat less throughout the day. For example, on average, teens who eat an egg in the morning have 130 fewer calories at lunch.

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They Help Your Eyes

Doctors know that the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin help keep you from getting eye diseases like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale have them, too. But eggs are a better source. That’s because the fat they have makes it easier for your body to use the nutrients. 

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They Help Sharpen the Brain

Eggs have vitamin D, which is good for your gray matter and hard to get from food. And they have something called choline that helps the nerve cells (neurons) in your noggin talk to each other. Choline is also a very important for pregnant women and breastfeeding women because of the big role it plays in brain development.

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