Egg Nutrition Facts

Egg Nutrition Facts
Eggs are produced by a variety of different species and we been eating them for thousands of years. Various female birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians lay eggs, and the most popular eggs consumed by humans are produced by chickens, ducks, quail, and fish (caviar and roe). The eggs that are laid by reptiles and birds have a protective outer shell, and egg white and yolk surrounded by thin membranes. Due to their high protein content, chicken eggs are a common food in most diets and in many recipes. Eaten as a single food, eggs can be fried, poached, hard or soft boiled, scrambled and pickled. Some choose to eat them raw, as is often seen being done by body builders in the media.
Interesting Egg Nutrition Facts:
Eggs provide an inexpensive meat substitute due to their high protein content.
Eggs are low in calories, with only approximately 75 calories in one large egg.
Eggs are often used in baking recipes.
Eggs were once considered to be unhealthy due to their high cholesterol content, but once it was determined that dietary cholesterol was not the cause of high blood cholesterol, recommendations were made that one egg a day was part of a healthy diet.
The choline contained in eggs is thought to help in brain development and memory enhancement.
One large egg contains approximately 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat.
Eggs contain B vitamins including vitamin B12 and B2 (riboflavin). One egg contains 15% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B2 and almost 10% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B12. B vitamins help to promote a healthy nervous system.
B vitamins are also important for metabolizing energy so that food can be broken down into usable energy for the body's cells.
Vitamin B12 is important in the body because it helps the body manufacture DNA and red blood cells. It also helps to protect against heart disease.
Eggs contain all the essential amino acids and are considered to be a perfect protein. Protein helps to build muscles, organs, hair, and skin and also produces antibodies, enzymes, and hormones. The protein found in eggs also helps to build strong nails and hair.
Egg yolks contain two types of antioxidants including zeaxanthin and lutein. It is believed that the human body is able utilize these antioxidants more effectively than those found in leafy greens. Lutein and zeaxanthin promote eye health are decrease the rate of age-related macular degeneration development.
Eggs contain trace minerals such as iodine, molybdenum, and selenium.
Selenium helps to prevent cell damage, regulates the thyroid hormone, and promotes a healthy immune system. One egg contains approximately 19% of the daily recommended intake.
Eggs contain iron, which is important for blood circulation in the body. It also helps to prevent anemia.
Vitamin D found in eggs helps to promote strong bones and teeth.
Vitamin A found in eggs helps to maintain healthy eye and skin tissues.
Eggs contain folate which helps protect against serious birth defects.

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