Apr 03, 2012
Eggs provide all the essential vitamins and minerals that our body requires, though an excess of it can be detrimental.
Look at some pros and cons of eating eggs before you add them to your daily diet.
High nutritional value: Eggs are loaded with protein, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium. Our body needs protein for building up the muscles, omega-3 fatty acids for increasing the level of HDL (good) cholesterol and calcium for strong dental and bone health.
Boost stamina: Eating eggs provides you with all the required amino acids, which help in increasing stamina.
Hair and eye care: Rich in vitamin A, eggs give you healthy and strong hair and good eyesight.
Wards off diseases: The folic acid and vitamin B12 present in eggs facilitate cell regeneration and prevent the occurrence of breast cancer. Vitamin B12 also enhances brain functions such as retaining memory and perhaps helping prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Bone health and immunity: Egg yolk contains the sunshine vitamin i.e. vitamin D, which helps in the maintenance of healthy bones and good immunity system.
Foetus development: Pregnant women must incorporate egg in their daily diet as it provides enough folate that helps in the development of the foetus and is good for postnatal care.
Aid weight loss: The egg white contains only 17 calories per egg. Therefore, weight conscious people can add egg white into their dietary regimen.
Food poisoning and stomach problems: Before eating eggs, make sure they are properly cooked because poorly or semi-cooked eggs increase the risk of salmonella (food borne illness), which causes food poisoning. Consuming poorly cooked eggs can result in bloating, vomiting, flatulence and other stomach problems.
Contamination: Always buy eggs from verified farms or shops as bacteria causing infections and food borne diseases can easily contaminate eggs.
Excess sodium: Egg whites are high in sodium as a medium egg white contains about 403 mg of sodium. People with sodium restriction in their diet must watch out for the sodium content of an egg white and consult a dietician in incorporating egg white as a basic component in their diet.
Cholesterol risk: People suffering from conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular ailments must limit their egg consumption to two per week as an egg yolk consists of about 200 mg of cholesterol, which is considerably high.
To get the benefits of eggs, you must consume them in the right way.
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