CSU Extension: Health Benefits of Eggs

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Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
by Abby Weber

If you have not kept your New Year's resolution to take better care of your health, no need to worry. Spring is a time for new beginnings; and with spring comes the Easter season -and ... eggs!  Here is an opportunity to renew your resolution for a better health with none other than the almighty egg.

For so many years, the question has been whether or not eggs are good for a person's health.  Anyone can search the internet and get a variety of answers concerning health benefits of eggs, but the overwhelming response according to the most current research is that eggs don't raise cholesterol and may even help prevent more serious health concerns like stroke and reduce the risk of heart disease.  The U.S Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, has discontinued their previous advice that warned "eating cholesterol-rich foods was a bad and potentially health-harming idea." Instead, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans no longer places a daily limit on dietary cholesterol.

These low-cost, high protein gems provide nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are contained in the white and the yolk.  Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamins B5, B12, B2, Phosphorus, and Selenium are all available for consumption when you crack a single egg to eat!  For adults and children alike, eggs are also a source of Vitamin D which promotes bone health, too. Additionally, consuming eggs in a person's diet may also help promote weight management.  When eaten early in the day, a person may feel satiated for longer and consume less calories as the day goes on.  

Whether selecting chicken eggs, quail eggs, or even duck eggs, there is no question that we can incorporate the health benefits of eggs into our meals.  Hard boiled, scrambled, poached, fried, or baked, don't miss out on the opportunity to continue, or renew your health resolution this season, and enjoy a "new beginning" of healthy eating.

Happy egg season!