Eggs are a timeless source of nutrients and energy – and anything but ordinary.
It’s the age-old brain teaser—which came first, the chicken or the egg? No matter how you crack it, there is no denying that the shelled yolks laid by our feathery friends are an egg-cellent and versatile source of energy. June 3 is Egg Day, but we think that the unparalled nutritional power of eggs should be celebrated far more than once per year. In addition to providing a fantastic excuse to make bad puns, eggs are a rich source of many nutrients, including protein, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3s.
Eggs are considered to be a complete protein because they contain all nine essential amino acids, which our bodies can’t manufacture themselves. One egg contains 0.21 oz (6 g) of protein, helping us feel full for longer while allowing our bodies to keep our muscles, hair, nails, and immune systems strong.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Studies have shown that these two antioxidants are key in maintaining good vision, and have been linked to the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration in seniors.
A group of essential fatty acids that our body cannot produce on its own, omega-3s are crucial in building and maintaining tissues, supporting the health of blood vessels, and supporting healthy brain function. Plus, they are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Eggs are also a great source of iron, and vitamin A, D, E, and B12. However, choosing between labels that read free-range, free-run, and organic can get a little confusing—check out this comprehensive buying guide so you too can egg-cel in the grocery aisle.
Still chickening out? Not to worry. We have some alive recipes that will turn these nutrient-loaded breakfast classics into something egg-straodinary—check out how make your own egg tacos or egg fried rice. And how about an omelette-to-go for your Monday morning dash to the office, or poached eggs, mushrooms, and micro greens for your next Sunday brunch?