‘Eggsellent’ health benefits of one of nature’s original superfoods

Content based on Press release from Eggs Incorporated, 11 September 2019

By enjoying eggs for breakfast on 11 October 2019 you’ll be joining in a world-wide celebration of one of the most versatile natural foods available – the humble egg.

New Zealanders will eat over 90 million dozen eggs this year which equates to 235+ eggs per person. Whether you’re a poached, fried, soft boiled or scrambled fan, a French toast or omelette lover, World Egg Day is a chance to enjoy this naturally nutritious and delicious food.

Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse providing us with 14 different essential vitamins and minerals, high quality protein, healthy fats (including omegas-3) and important antioxidants.

The International Egg Nutrition Centre has identified 5 great reasons to eat more eggs:

1. Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, and a fantastic source of protein.

A single egg contains 14 essential nutrients including vitamins A, B, D and E, as well as being a source of calcium, selenium and iodine. Along with six grams of protein, eggs are one of the most nutritious foods available globally.

2. Eggs contain choline which aids healthy brain development.

This little-known nutrient plays an important role in building cell membranes, impacting a number of vital functions within the body, and eggs are one of the best natural sources of choline. Not only does it aid healthy brain development, it also plays a role in liver function and metabolism and has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 24% 1 .

3. Eggs can reduce the risk of heart disease

Studies have found that eating eggs can lower the risk of heart disease in healthy people.
Despite containing cholesterol, eggs contain high density level (HDL) or ‘good’ cholesterol
and research shows that people with higher levels of HDL generally have reduced risks of
heart disease.

4. Eating eggs can maintain good eye health

Vitamin A deficiency is one of the leading causes of blindness across the globe, and eggs are a great natural source of vitamin A. The yolks also contain powerful antioxidants that can counteract some degenerative processes affecting eye health.

5. Eggs have benefits for all ages

Eggs are a great source of nutrition at any age. From providing the building blocks during foetal development, to containing the level of nutrients needed to sustain energy throughout the day, eggs are a healthy source of protein that should be enjoyed by all ages.

Find out more about World Egg Day visit www.worldeggday.com.

Visit eggs.org.nz for recipes, meal ideas and inspirations and to subscribe to their free monthly recipe e-newsletter.

1Xu X, et al. Choline metabolism and risk of breast cancer in a population-based study. The FASEB Journal, published online on January 29, 2008.

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