Do Eggs Deserve the 'Superfood' Crown?

If your New Year’s resolution includes eating healthy or losing weight, eggs just might be your golden ticket. In a recent release, Gemperle Farms even went as far as to promote the egg as the “ultimate superfood in 2015.”

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If your New Year’s resolution includes eating healthy or losing weight, eggs just might be your golden ticket.

In a recent release, Gemperle Farms even went as far as to promote the egg as the “ultimate superfood in 2015.”

A superfood is defined as a nutrient-rich food that holds many health benefits. And according to Gemperle, the egg’s superpower lies in its essential nutrients.

Because I shy away from eating large amounts of meat, I often turn to eggs as my main source of protein. My addiction to them, though, has always been for their taste. I knew they were nutritious, but to my surprise a lot of the nutrients that eggs contain are rarely found in the modern diet.

So I decided to take a look at some top health benefits of eating eggs (all of which that have been confirmed by human studies, of course).

  1. Kinder to the environment. Eggs have one of the lowest carbon footprints of all animal protein. According to a February 2014 study published by Poultry Science, while US egg production increased from 1960 to 2010, its environmental footprint lessened. Over those decades, the egg industry emitted 71 percent lower greenhouse gases and used 32 percent less water and 27 percent less feed.
  2. Eggs are Eggcredibly Nutritious. As it turns out, eggs are considered to be one of the most nutritious foods in the world. As noted in a recent article published by Authority Nutrition, a single egg contains: Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Folate, Phosphorus, Selenium and Zinc. 

    All of this, and with approximately 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats. 

  3. Eggs RAISE Your Cholesterol. Huh? That’s right, eggs are a great way to raise your HDL, or “the good” kind of cholesterol. People who have higher levels of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) usually have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and other health issues.

I could continue my reasoning on why I believe eggs to be one of the best foods you can eat, but I don’t want this to sound like a shameless promotion.

So instead I’ll ask you to comment below, or reach out to me personally, about why you are for or against the consumption of eggs. Do you think they offer the health benefits I mentioned above, or are there more benefits you would like to inform me about?

Are eggs truly the “superfood” they are credited as or is there another type of food you think deserves the crown?

Please let me know by commenting below or reaching out to me at Kari.Imberg@advantagemedia.com. Happy Eating!

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