We’ve all been brought up to know that eggs are good for us, yet you might be surprised at just how many benefits are squeezed inside. Everyone from the British Olympic team to Andy Murray to Mr Strong swear by them. And whether you enjoy them poached, scrambled or even sunny side up, eggs are the perfect food for powering your workouts too. They also offer an almost infinite potential for cheap puns, which we promise we’ll do our best to avoid.
Eggs are a source of high quality protein
For starters, eggs provide a cheap and easy source of high quality protein. In fact, a single medium-sized egg contains approximately 6.5 grams of protein. That means they make an ideal breakfast, helping you feel fuller for longer and keep those hunger cravings – and your weight – under control.
Eggs are rich in vitamins
To cut a long paragraph short, eggs are little, brittle pots of goodness containing all the vitamins your body needs to feel amazing: A, all the Bs, D, E and K. If that’s not enough, they also represent a great source of selenium, phosphorous, folate and even 100mg of choline. What’s choline? we hear you ask. Read on and you’ll find out…
Eggs keep your cholesterol levels in check
Many people seem to think that eggs have a negative impact on your cholesterol levels. Wrong. In fact, they actually raise your levels of HDL – otherwise known as the ‘good cholesterol’. In doing so, eggs contribute to lowering your risk of heart disease, strokes and other health problems.
Eggs are better for your eyes than carrots
Thanks to the powerful antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin, eggs are better for your eyes than carrots (those see-in-the-dark properties are all a myth anyway). These nutrients wait inside the shell, ready to be transported directly to the retina of your eye, where they can help to reduce the chances of cataracts and loss of vision.
Eggs promote brain health and, erm…improve memory
Remember choline, the mystery mineral we’ve just mentioned above? Choline plays an essential part in keeping your brain healthy and improving memory function. Expectant mums will be interested to know that just one egg provides 28% of your recommended daily intake of choline to help aid foetal brain development.
Eggs help you look good
Packed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, eggs are hugely beneficial for your hair, skin and nails. They provide a powerful protein punch when eaten, but also when applied as part of a home-made hair and skin mask too. Look online and you’ll find no end of egg-based beauty secrets that add strength and shine to your hair and lead to a clear, supple complexion.
Buy quality eggs
Hens that are treated ethically with room to roam will nest happily – and happy hens lay the best tasting eggs. So make an ethical choice and opt for cage-free and free-range eggs and you’ll be rewarded for it. If you can, go organic too. The better quality and extra peace of mind are definitely worth the extra cost.
Go to work(out) on an egg
Just like eggs, Esquared can power your training routine by offering 2-hour gym sessions and one-off classes at a wide range of premium venues across London, all on demand. So come on, let’s get…er-hum…cracking (sorry, by law every article relating to eggs must contain at least one awful pun).