Stop Worrying About Cholesterol! Here Are 5 Damn Good Reasons To Eat More Eggs
Eggs have been a favorite choice for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts to meet their daily protein requirements. But, it is wrong to think that eggs provide a quality meal, only for people who work out. There are numerous health benefits to consuming eggs in your daily diet, and here 5 reasons why.
1. Eggs are an Excellent Source of Protein
The Primary function of protein in our body is to build new muscle tissue and repair the old. Every human being requires protein in the appropriate amount for the body to function properly, therefore, it is important to consume enough protein daily, from your diet. Eggs are a complete source of protein as they contain all the essential amino acids you'll need. Though chicken, fish and dairy are also good sources, the protein that comes from egg is rated as the highest quality protein and is a cheaper option as compared to other sources of protein.
2. Eating Eggs May Promote Weight Loss
Eggs have a very high satiety index, meaning, you feel fuller after eating them. Eggs with toast, has 50% more satiety index as compared to any other cereal breakfast. People who consume eggs in their breakfast, are fuller which helps them avoid binge eating. In a study, when a group of people had eggs in their breakfast plan while the other group had a normal cereal breakfast, the group which had eggs in the morning, reduced its lunch intake by 29%.
3. They are not bad for your Heart
Though an egg contains more than half the recommended daily intake of cholesterol, it is not necessary that more cholesterol in your diet will increase your blood cholesterol levels. To quote a study published in National Centre for Biotechnology Information, ‘The European countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Korea and India among others, do not have an upper limit for cholesterol intake in their dietary guidelines. Existing epidemiological data has clearly demonstrated that dietary cholesterol is not correlated with increased risk for Coronary Heart Disease’. However, people with existing heart disease should keep a check on their cholesterol intake as studies have shown dietary cholesterol challenges may increase plasma LDL cholesterol (The bad cholesterol) in individuals who are more sensitive to dietary cholesterol.
4. Eggs increase HDL Cholesterol (The Good Cholesterol)
High Density Lipoprotein, HDL, also known as the Good Cholesterol, increases with the consumption of eggs. People who have high levels of HDL Cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease like strokes and various other heart problems. In a study conducted by Loegernes Test Centre, Clinic for Preventive Health Examinations, Copenhagen, Denmark, after 6 weeks of extra egg consumption, HDL cholesterol increased by 10%. Another study by Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut showed an increase in HDL Cholesterol with the consumption of eggs.
5. Eggs are Nutrient Dense
Not just protein and cholesterol, eggs are a good source of other micronutrients as well. As per nutrition data, a single egg contains 6% of Daily recommended intake (DRI) of Vitamin A, 5% DRI of Folate, 7% DRI of Vitamin B5, 9% of DRI of Vitamin B12, 155 DRI of Vitamin B2, 9% of DRI of Phosphorus, 22% of DRI of Selenium. Egg yolks also contains large amounts of both Lutein and Zeaxanthin, consumption of which has shown to reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, two very common eye disorders.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of thewebsite where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him throughFacebook andYoutube.
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