November 29, 2016

Why eggs will always be at the top of our favourite, protein-filled foods

The UK loves to consume eggs. In fact, it’s said that 12.5 billion are eaten in this country every single year – that’s 34 million a day. Yet, too often the food we enjoy most is the food that lets us down when it comes to our diet, right? Well, not so when it comes to eggs – these are popular, tasty and are worth putting into your shopping basket every week as you plan out your meals.

Here’s why eggs are right at the top of our list of favourite foods:

Egg protein: The building blocks of a great diet

Eggs are a great way to get protein into your diet. There’s about 6g of protein in an egg and these are ‘complete proteins’, too – they contain the essential amino acids that your body cannot produce for itself.

They’re especially vital if you’re a vegetarian since most other dietary sources of protein of this sort are to be found in meat and fish. It’s also good if you’re working to a tight budget, since it can be expensive to have to buy lots of meat and fish, and eggs are an inexpensive purchase.

You can check out our guide to protein to see how much you need in your diet.

Not just protein: There’s plenty more goodness packed into an egg

Protein is not the only string to the bow of the humble egg, however. There are many added benefits too. Take a look at this list to see the healthy credentials that are boasted by eggs:

  • Most of the fat in an egg is unsaturated. This is the fat that is friendly for your heart and that you need to have in a well balanced diet.
  • You can consume your daily intake of vitamin B12 – important for your metabolic and nervous system – with just two large eggs.
  • Eggs are also a good source of vitamin D and so help to keep your bones healthy.
  • The lesser-known and under-consumed ‘choline’ is found in eggs. This is especially good for pregnant women.
  • The anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are both found in the yolk of an egg, and these are good for your eyes.
  • They are one of the only foods to contain iodine, which helps with the function of your thyroid glands.

This is why we love them so much. Not only do you get your protein fix, but there’s all of those benefits on top, too.

How do you like YOUR eggs in the morning?

Lastly, eggs are also great because they’re just so flexible. Boiled, poached, fried, scrambled, sliced – there are so many ways in which you can eat them.

Of course, some ways are better for you than others, but there are still a great many different healthy combinations. The more varied and exciting your diet is, the more likely you are to stick to it and the flexibility of eggs can help with this.

Eat This has compiled a list of 25 delicious egg recipes that will not knock your diet off course – give them a try if you want a little bit of inspiration.

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