It’s no secret that eggs are a low-calorie, nutrient-dense food that offers countless health benefits. However, did you know that an egg’s nutrients can improve things like memory and eye health?
Here are 10 egg nutrition facts you (probably) didn’t know:
- The American Heart Association and other heart-health organizations support that there’s no relationship between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease.
- One large egg contains 6 grams of protein and is the least expensive source of high-quality protein available at just 15 cents each.
- Eggs contain an essential nutrient – choline – most Americans aren’t getting enough of, which is known for its influence of infant brain development and can affect memory and learning. Choline also impacts healthy liver function and brain health.
- Eggs contain an important nutrient called lutein, which promotes eye health (move over, carrots!).
- Eggs help promote weight loss! Studies have shown that people who consume eggs, especially at breakfast, feel fuller longer and eat less calories throughout the day.
- According to the Egg Nutrition Center, the protein in eggs can help prevent muscle loss among elderly people.
- Eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that help combat age-related macular degeneration and the development of cataracts.
- Eggs are one of the only foods that naturally contain Vitamin D, according to the Egg Nutrition Center.
- According to the Incredible Egg, eggs contain all 9 amino acids.
- The vitamin riboflavin and the mineral selenium are found in egg whites.
Eggs will fit perfectly into your diet during American Heart Month and National Nutrition Month, but can be enjoyed all year-round! Try these easy, American Heart Association-approved egg recipes from the Incredible Egg and find even more healthy recipes here.