Easter is a great time of year, typically known for chocolates, bunnies and Easter egg hunts. The kids are off school, there is an extended bank holiday, everyone is in a happy mood, and you can eat chocolate eggs without feeling guilty.
But swapping out your chocolate egg for a real egg may be the best decision you make this season and here’s a few reasons why:
If you’re looking a food that has amazing value for money, look no further than the egg. They are among the most nutritious food on the planet. Eggs are loaded with vitamins, minerals, high quality proteins, good fats and various other nutrients. A large egg contains 6 grams of quality protein, 5 grams of fat and trace amounts of carbohydrates, as well as Vitamin B12, B2, B5, A, iron, phosphorous and selenium to name a few. Although it’s fair to note that most of the nutrients contained in the egg are found in the yolk, with the white only containing the protein.
Everyone knows that eggs contain good levels of protein but the significance is often overlooked. Proteins are the building blocks of the body, for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood; they are also used to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Although the body can produce most of the amino acids used to build its protein, there are 9 that we need to get from our diet. Being the powerhouse that they are, eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids, making them a complete protein and one you definitely need to have in your diet.
Of late people try to avoid eating the yolk of the egg because they are told it is high in cholesterol, although this is true it doesn’t mean that it will raise your bad cholesterol levels. There are two different types of cholesterol, the bad (LDL) and the good (HDL), studies have shown that eggs actually raise your good cholesterol levels and tend to change the bad cholesterol to a large subtype not associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
If eggs didn’t offer enough value already, they can even help you lose weight. Eggs score highly on the Satiety Index, which means that they make you feel full and eat less overall calories throughout the day. They also contain only trace amounts of carbohydrates but plenty of protein and good fat, which means that they will not raise blood glucose levels.
We all know how satisfying eating chocolate eggs can be, but nothing beats a real egg. They are definitely among the healthiest foods on the planet. Swapping your chocolate egg for a real egg this season will do wonders for your body because they contain significantly less calories than a chocolate one with a lot of added value in nutrients, so when you are hunting this Easter I hope you find the right type of egg to eat.
Become the face of fitness you’ve always wanted and try to choose the right type of egg this Easter.
Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.