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Eggs are fantastic on their own or in addition to many recipes.

Eggs are a delicious addition to any clean diet and contain the essential amino acids required to build muscle. Eggs are fantastic on their own or in addition to many recipes, such as baked goods. Because the yolk has such as high amount of fat, nearly 5g of fat, many people have mistakenly given the egg a bad reputation as an artery clogging food choice. The fact is, numerous recent studies, have shown that having an egg a day will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy, active individuals.

The truth of the matter is that a majority of the fat content in eggs is made up of monounsaturated fat, which is one of the good fats. Monounsaturated fats help keep your energy levels stabilized which in turn regulates your blood sugar. This is a great way to ward off cravings and prevent you from binge eating.

Along with healthy fats, eggs are packed with choline, a B vitamin linked to muscle contraction and healthy brain function, as well as vitamins A and B-12 which help promote an increase of red blood cells. In addition, egg yolks contain a natural food source of vitamin D, which has been linked to increased muscle mass, improved immunity, and aiding in bone growth and development. Eggs also contain approximately 20% of your daily recommended intake of selenium, a mineral which prevents free radical damage while strengthening your immune system.

In addition to all the vitamins and minerals that eggs possess, they also are a great form of antioxidants. In particular, lutein and zeaxanthin, which can provide nearly four times more sun control than without based on a clinical study of women. Preventing skin damage means that your chance of developing skin cancers remain lower than someone who has extensive brown spots and wrinkles due to over tanning or sun burning.

Remember, when purchasing eggs either from a grocery store or a farmer’s market, make sure that the eggs are pasteurized. Pasteurized eggs mean that they have been heated just high enough in temperature to kill any bacteria in the raw egg. Ideally, it is best to refrain from consuming products that contain raw eggs.

For the best impact on your environment, choose free-range eggs that were harvested from chickens that were not penned up but allowed to roam freely. Eggs from free-range hens tend to taste different as their food sources are slightly different. Egg shell color, however, won’t change the taste of the eggs so whether they are brown or white shelled, it won’t make any difference.

 


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