Eggs, how much has already been said about this food. Villain or hero? Is it good for you or not? Here we go straight to the point, not a thousand theories, the message is only one: egg is a WONDERFUL food and should be part of your daily diet. Of course, if you don’t have an intolerance or allergy to it (yes, it happens), egg is very healthy, a real super food!
Why? Because egg is rich in essential nutrients and a great source of good fat, protein, amino acids, fatty acids and vitamins. Here are some of its benefits:
1. Source of Protein and Good Fat: Eggs are a great source of protein and good fat (hello omega-3). Which helps in building muscles, strong and shiny hair and also leaves you more satisfied. An egg contains about 6 grams of protein and about 5 grams of fat.
2. Source of vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A, which is very important for eye health is present in eggs, as well as B2, B12, E and a small amount of vitamin D. In addition to vitamins, the egg is rich in minerals such as zinc, iron, folic acid, phosphorus, manganese and selenium. These minerals help lower stress levels, prevent the accumulation of toxic heavy metals in the body as well as the cell damage and keep your immune and digestive system working well.
3. Antioxidant effect: Eggs have antioxidant effect that helps protect us against free radicals and thus, helps prevent cell aging.
4. Brain health: because it is a great source of the substance choline, which helps in brain development and memory, egg improves memory and concentration.
Now, to get all these benefits, check out these tips:
- Consume organic eggs, they have more nutrients.
- If cooking, avoid vegetable oils. Use coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, butter, Ghee butter or lard.
- Remember to cook the yolk well, so as not to risk of Salmonella contamination.
- And here's an extra trick to know if the egg is good or not: In a large glass with cold water place carefully the egg.The water needs to be more than 2 times a total height of the egg. Fresh eggs should immediately sink into the water until it hits the bottom lying horizontal (if super fresh) and lying upright when it is about 3 weeks. However, a spoiled egg remains on the surface when immersed in water. So, if the egg floats it means that it is not good to eat.