The idea that too many eggs are unhealthy and promote heart disease, due to saturated fats, has been around for a long time.
While egg yolks do contain cholestrol, research has confirmed that eating eggs has little to do with raising a person’s levels.
The good news is eggs are in fact good for you!
Research has confirmed - eggs are good for you!
Clinical studies demonstrated that in healthy adults, eating eggs every day did not increase cardiac risk or cholesterol levels. They also found that the proteins in cooked eggs produce peptides that act as ACE inhibitors, which lowers blood pressure.
Health benefits of eggs Eggs have a number of nutritional benefits and contain:
high quality proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals
antioxidant properties due to tryptophan and tyrosine
lutein and zeaxanthin - the carotenoids found in egg yolks good for eyes and help to prevent age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness.
Are homegrown, free range or cafe eggs better? Homegrown chicken eggs and true free-range eggs are far more nutritious than cage raised eggs. In comparison with true free range eggs, caged commercial eggs typically contain:
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene.
This is most likely as the result of the differences in the chicken’s diet.
Homegrown chicken eggs have better nutritional value than caged chicken eggs
Raw eggs have the highest nutritional content. Two raw egg yolks contain nearly twice as many antioxidant properties as an apple!
The antioxidant properties of eggs are reduced by about 50 percent when the eggs are fried or boiled. Microwaving followed has an even greater reduction.
Combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise you can enjoy your eggs.