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Nature’s perfect package

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By Wallia Khairi
Tue, 11, 21

The power of this perfect package is unbeatable! Improving brain function, supporting physical strength, aiding child growth – the egg can do it all!

Nature’s perfect package

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Is there any single food that provides as many nutritional benefits as the egg? Eggs are highly nutritious, delicious, affordable and brilliantly versatile!

As Mother Nature’s original superfood – eggs have been part of our diets since the dawn of time. The egg is one of the most nutrient-dense natural food sources on the planet. Its all-round goodness can be drawn on by everyone, from the first 1,000 days of life to old-age. The power of this perfect package is unbeatable! Improving brain function, supporting physical strength, aiding child growth – the egg can do it all! Along with its many nutritional benefits, the egg is the most environmentally sustainable and affordable animal-source protein available, helping support families around the world as well as the planet itself.

Arguably one of the oldest foods known to man, eggs have played an important role in the lives and health of humans since time out of mind. These little goodies are packed full of protein, and also serve as the base for some of the most wonderful breakfast foods and culinary additions and are a delight especially in the winters.

Nature’s perfect package

Egg-ceptional benefits

Reduces the risk of heart diseases: Low-density lipoprotein, commonly known as LDL cholesterol or the ‘bad’ cholesterol facilitates an increase in the risk of heart diseases. The small, dense LDL particles tend to be riskier than the large LDL particles. Eggs, although mildly raises levels of the LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart diseases as it tends to alter the pattern of LDL cholesterol from dense to large.

Helps manage cholesterol: Consumption of eggs has been associated with elevated levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), which is also known as the "good" cholesterol. Therefore, it helps manage cholesterol.

Contains choline: Choline is an essential nutrient that most people aren't aware of. It promotes brain and cardiovascular health and cell membrane formation. Eggs are an excellent source of choline and about 100 mg of choline can be found in a single egg.

Benefits eye health: Eye health of a person may be affected by several reasons. If we consider age as a factor that enables the deterioration of our eye health, then we can counter it by some nutrients, two of which are the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These two antioxidants have found to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts and egg yolks are known to contain significant amounts of zeaxanthin and lutein.

Helps manage weight: The high protein content makes eggs filling. This helps to reduce the calorie intake, thereby, aiding with weight loss. An egg breakfast can significantly help in managing weight.

Eggs for hair: Eggs can work wonders on damaged hair. As hair is made up of 70 per cent keratin protein, eggs can be used to rebuild damaged and dry hair making it smooth and moisturised. And guess what, it is suited for all hair types. Whip up some eggy hair masks to get strong, soft and silky hair of your dreams.

Eggs for skin: Eggs can be used in improving skin texture, be it dry or oily. Egg yolks are rich in fatty acids which can lend moisture to the skin while the egg whites contain albumin, a simple form of protein that helps tighten pores and also remove excessive oil.

It’s a filling meal: You might have noticed that eating eggs for breakfast may keep you feeling fuller for longer — that’s generally attributed to the high protein content in eggs. Whether you have an omelette for breakfast or a hard-boiled egg as a snack, eggs can help you stay satisfied after or between meals.

Egg-citing facts

• You can peel hard-boiled eggs by blowing it out of its shell from one end of the egg.

• Eggs have about 6 grams of high-quality protein in them.

• Chickens are capable of laying an egg inside another egg.

• Eggs contain about 9 essential amino acids.

• Eggs are the least expensive source of protein.

• Eggs are also gluten-free.

• Chickens do not produce one egg at a time.

• Eggs contain zero carbs and no sugar which won’t make you feel rounded after eating them.

• The colour of the eggshell has nothing to do with the egg’s nutritional value or its flavour. Instead, they indicate the breed of the hen that laid the egg.

• Brighter yolks are due to the marigold petals farmers put in the hens feed.

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