Eggs – ‘Natures Superfood’

Eggs are a very versatile product and they can be used in many forms, from cooking eggs alone by various methods, or using eggs to bind other foods together due to their particular chemical makeup. Eggs are used for creating vaccines as well as being used as a modern day religious symbol (Easter Eggs).

Eggs come in many shapes and sizes, the most common being from a chicken but there are many other birds and animals that lay eggs.

The humble egg has many impressive health credentials and nutritional benefits which, I have highlighted below.

The egg is rich in many nutrients which come from the white as well as the yolk. Theses nutrients include Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals, Cholesterol, Fat

Soluble Vitamins, and Essential Fatty Acids

The composition of a large egg contains approximately 78 calories; 6.3g protein; 5.3g fat; 1.6g saturated fat; and 212mg cholesterol

Historically, there have been many negative reports regarding the nutritional benefits of eggs due to the high cholesterol level. This has since been reassessed and the findings were that cholesterol levels in eggs have dropped due to the improvement in feed since the BSE crisis in the 1990’s.

The health benefits of eggs are abundant.  The White (albumen) contains a rich source of Selenium; Vitamins D, B2, B6, and B12 and minerals such as Zinc, Iron and Copper; An excellent source of inexpensive, high quality protein, more than half the protein of an egg is in the white

The Yolk Contains more calories and fat compared to the white; it’s a source of cholesterol; fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and lecithin (compound which enables emulsification in recipes like mayonnaise)

A study, which was financed by the British Egg Industry Council found that eating eggs has many benefits. Eggs are suitable for weight control; they offer health benefits for sufferers of Type 2 diabetes; they can lower blood pressure and reduce levels of certain unhealthy fats in blood (studies showed a 12% fall in strokes in middle aged men which can be triggered by high blood pressure) Eggs can stem age related decline in muscle tissue; they boost muscle growth; support brain and cognitive function during ageing; middle aged men had better performance on neuropsychological tests of the frontal lobe and executive functioning; they give an important source of choline, which is used in drugs for treating cognitive disturbances in the elderly; and eggs can reduce tiredness and fatigue

As you can see there is a huge health benefit to eating eggs from helping the body fight age related illnesses, weight loss as well as helping you feel fuller for longer!

We have a very strong and growing egg market here in the South West which is something to be very proud of so eating eggs regularly can only strengthen our industry as well as yourself!

Top tip… A fresh egg will sink in water, a stale one will float!

William White