At last, eggs have finally been thrust into the spotlight!
You may have heard about the egg that broke the Instagram ‘Like’ record. Yes, a picture of a humble chicken’s egg has received more than 50 million likes, breaking the social platform’s record for most likes (to the detriment of Kylie Jenner’s record of 19 million).
But viral agendas aside, we need to seriously talk about eggs, and why they truly deserve all this attention.
EGGS ARE BENEFICIAL FOR HEALTH
There’s a lot of nutrition in eggs – 11 beneficial vitamins and nutrients to be exact. And while there’s a lot of good stuff in them, there aren’t a whole lot of calories, which makes them a great option for snacks and adding to meals. Some of the delightfully nutritious things you’ll find in an egg include:
- Protein – used by the body for growth and repair, helping you develop muscles, hair, nails, skin and organs.
- Vitamin A – one egg contains 6% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin A in fact. It’s great for promoting good vision, healthy skin and teeth.
- Vitamin D – not many foods contain Vitamin D, but egg yolks are one! It’s essential for strong bones and muscles.
- Omega 3 fatty acids – great for protecting against heart disease, autoimmune diseases and arthritis.
- Antioxidants – like selenium, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which maintain eye and immune health.
- Vitamins B12 – important for brain and nervous system function.
- Choline – which supports brain development, nerve function and muscle movement, and most people don’t get enough of it.
- Iron – important for producing haemoglobin, which carries oxygen around the blood.
EGGS ARE VERSATILE
Eggs are relatively cheap and accessible, and can be consumed in a variety of ways, which makes them a really versatile ingredient. Often limited to the realms of breakfast foods, eggs also can be added to salads, sandwiches, wraps, protein shakes and much more.
Keep in mind that how you cook eggs can affect their nutritional value. Poaching them is one of the best ways to soak up all the nutrients. Frying eggs, such as when cooking scrambled eggs or omelettes, can increase the amount of glycotoxins, which have been linked to health issues such as diabetes, heart problems and inflammation. Glycotoxins can be minimised by cooking with healthy fats – such as olive oil – over a low heat.
While some people point to the cholesterol in egg yolks and suggest not eating too many, it’s generally healthy to eat up to three eggs per day.
Remember, the additions you include when cooking with eggs can have an effect on the nutritional value too. For example, loading your omelette up with lots of cheese and butter will increase calories and fat content.
EGGS CAN COMPLEMENT YOUR WORKOUT
Lots of athletes consume eggs before training because they’re a great source of protein, which supports muscle development, growth and repair. Eggs can also help you to feel fuller for longer, meaning you consume less calories, which makies them a great snack option pre or post workout. It’s a good idea to add more eggs and other foods high in protein to your diet to complement your workout.
A diet high in egg nutrition, with plenty of protein, is great for assisting with muscle development and workout results. And they’re super tasty too! Why not complement your new high-protein egg diet with an intense workout like Virgin Active Health Club’s Body Pump or Tabata class? Check out the full range of exciting classes we have on offer today.