There's always been a belief that eggs are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and that eating them was a surefire way to promote coronary heart disease. But more recent studies and have found no link between eating eggs and cholesterol. In fact, many leading health experts call eggs the perfect food. The white part and the yolk work together to bring you an ample serving of important vitamins, healthy fats, trace minerals, and other nutrients — all in one convenient, low-calorie package. Below to see seven more reasons to put eggs back on your menu.
Instant Mood Boost
•The Good News: Eggs contain a beneficial blend of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, B vitamins, and iodide—nutrients that work together to battle fatigue and reverse bad moods.
•Bonus Tip: 'Free Range' eggs in the UK are the most popular and hens are housed to a similar standard as the barn or aviary, but according to Compassion in World Farming, organically reared hens offer the highest potential standards of animal welfare.
Guard Against Cancer
•The Good News: Women who eat higher levels of choline—a nutrient found in eggs—are 24-percent less likely to develop breast cancer, according to a recent study. One large egg boasts about 30 percent of your Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of choline.
•Bonus Tip: Most of the choline is concentrated in the yolk so be sure to include the whole egg in your omelette.
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Feed Your Brain
•The Good News: The choline in eggs helps keep your memory sharp while increasing the release of acetylcholine—a neurotransmitter that helps your brain store and recall information better. Eggs from hens raised outside on grass pastures also contain more omega-3 fatty acids that help power your brain.
•Bonus Tip: Find eggs from chickens raised on grass as they produce eggs with much more vitamin, which scientists believe could help protect you from developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Save Your Sight
•The Good News: Eggs are a rich source of lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that help stave off macular degeneration and cataracts—just be sure to eat the yolks!
•Bonus Tip: For an even more potent eye-protecting meal, mix lutein- and zeaxanthin-rich kale or spinach into your omelette.
•The Good News: Here’s a delicious way to lose weight! Researchers from Louisiana State University found that when obese people choose an egg breakfast over bagels at least five times a week, they lost 65 percent more weight. And Saint Louis University scientists discovered that eating eggs in the morning led to eating fewer calories throughout the rest of the day, too.
•Bonus Tip: Organic eggs ban the practice of routinely feeding antibiotics to hens.