The quest to find a food that you can eat every day without feeling a shred of guilt about has been going on for some time now. But, we may have finally found an answer. Eggs are a nutritional wonder food. An average egg has just 70 calories and is high in high quality protein, an essential component for stabilizing blood sugar among other things. So what’s the big deal with eggs? If they are low calorie and high protein why don’t we just eat them every day? This is where the debate starts to heat up. We looked into both sides of the argument to lay out the facts and let you decide for yourself whether or not you want to eat eggs every day.
So the positive side first. We have already talked about some of the benefits of eggs. But, in addition to protein and low calories, eggs are also rich with antioxidants. These can help reduce heart disease, some cancers and strokes. Eggs also contain vitamin D, which helps you grow strong teeth and bones; and vitamin B, which assists your body with converting carbohydrates into energy.
And, that’s not everything. Eggs are also a filling food. Scramble up 2 or 3 eggs and eat them – you’ll find that you’re full, satisfied and you don’t feel like garbage afterwards. This is excellent news for two reasons. First, you are filling yourself up with healthy foods rather that high-calorie, sugary junk. Second, if you are full up you are less likely to snack later on in the day. So, filling yourself up with eggs might help you eat less in the long term. This, in turn, can trigger weight loss and reduce the capacity of your stomach to keep the weight off forever.
However, eggs are not perfect, despite what you might think from reading this article so far. Unfortunately, with every great food comes a few disadvantages that are worth taking into consideration before you start bulk buying. Here is what you should be aware of if you are thinking about making eggs a daily addition to your diet.
Eggs contain saturated fat, too much of which can raise your cholesterol levels and increase the chance of cardiovascular disease. A large egg has about 180 milligrams of cholesterol in it, while the max we should be consuming per day is 300 milligrams. This fat is mainly found in the yolk of the egg. In a study published in 2012, carotid plaque build up in the arteries was measured in a group of people. The results of the study found that those who ate three or more egg yolks per week had a similar build up to those who smoked cigarettes. However, since the study was released, evidence has suggested that egg yolks might not be as bad as we thought.
Recently, a lot of new science has come to light that has debunked some of the negative comments made about eggs in the past. Some researchers claim that the cholesterol isn’t actually that bad for you and that you can eat the whole egg without feeling guilty about it.
In light of this new evidence we have come to the conclusion that yes, you can eat eggs every day. They will fill you up until lunch time and can make a great, protein-filled breakfast – a great way to start the day. Try eating eggs every day for breakfast for a week and see what kind of a difference it makes to your concentration span, appetite and general overall health.