Eggs are one of the few foods that should be classified as "superfoods."
They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet.
Here are 10 health benefits of eggs that have been confirmed in human studies.
Whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient you need. Omega-3 enriched and/or pastured eggs are even healthier.
2. High in Cholesterol, but Don't Adversely Affect Blood Cholesterol
Eggs are high in cholesterol, but eating eggs does not adversely affect cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people.
3. Raise HDL (The "Good") Cholesterol
Eating eggs consistently leads to elevated levels of HDL (the "good") cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases.
4. Contain Choline — an Important Nutrient That Most People Don't Get Enough Of
Eggs are among the best dietary sources of choline, a nutrient that is incredibly important but most people aren’t getting enough of.
5. Are Linked to a Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Egg consumption appears to change the pattern of LDL particles from small, dense LDL (bad) to large LDL, which is linked to a reduced heart disease risk.
6. Contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin — Antioxidants That Have Major Benefits for Eye Health
The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are very important for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Eggs are high in both of them.
7. Omega-3 or Pastured Eggs Lower Triglycerides
Omega-3 enriched and pastured eggs may contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Eating these types of eggs is an effective way to reduce blood triglycerides.
8. High in Quality Protein, With All the Essential Amino Acids in the Right Ratios
Eggs are fairly high in quality animal protein and contain all the essential amino acids that humans need.
9. Don’t Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease and May Reduce the Risk of Stroke
Many studies have looked at egg intake and the risk of heart disease and found no association. However, some studies have found an increased risk in people with type 2 diabetes.
10. Are Filling and Tend to Make You Eat Fewer Calories, Helping You Lose Weight
Eggs are highly satiating and may reduce calorie intake later in the day. Regularly eating eggs may promote weight loss.