What’s the breakfast of champions? You’ll likely get different answers from different people, but one thing is for sure: Eggs have impressive benefits. If you’re looking for a healthy way to start the day, eggs are a good source of vitamins and quality protein. One large egg has about 70 calories, 6 grams of protein and 2 grams of saturated fat.
What are some other health benefits of eggs?
1. Source of Good Cholesterol
Although you may have heard eggs raise cholesterol, approximately 70% of people see no increase from eating eggs. In fact, eggs are rich in good cholesterol – High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) – that can lower risk of heart disease, stroke and other serious health concerns.
Unless you are already at risk for these complications, the 185 mg of cholesterol from one large egg may actually be good for your diet.
2. Improves Brain Health
Eggs contain the vitamins and minerals your brain needs to function at a high-level throughout the day. In particular they have choline, a nutrient that many people lack in their diet. Choline helps build cell membranes and signal molecules in the brain. The vitamins in eggs also help improve nervous system, memory system and metabolism functionality.
3. Protects Eyesight
Packed with vitamins that prevent age-related blindness, eggs promote eye health and good vision. They contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that can help build up the retina and prevent cataracts – cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens.
Which Eggs Should You Buy?
At the grocery, be sure to check the labels on egg cartons before you grab and go. Although eggs are a natural source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, folate and other key nutrients, animal treatment can vary. Look for organic eggs laid by chickens who were not fed byproducts, antibiotics or other additives.
For kids and adults, eggs are a great breakfast food that can be prepared in many different ways. At Colony Diner, we have traditional and egg white omelets, egg scramlets and more. Visit our Wallingford restaurant for breakfast served all day!