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Hard-boiled, scrambled, fried or over-easy! Eggs are good for you!

Are eggs a healthy addition to our diets? For most of us, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Consider that:

  • Egg protein is the highest quality protein in any food. It contains all the essential amino acids needed by the body to build valuable proteins. And note; the protein is found in the egg yolk as well as the white.
  • Eggs are an excellent source of choline – a compound the body uses for nerve and brain development.
  • Eggs contain natural vitamin D – a nutrient with probable health benefits far beyond its ability to help the body absorb calcium.
  • Egg yolks get their orange-yellow color from lutein – a natural pigment that can help guard eyes from developing cataracts.
  • Eggs contain no harmful trans fats and very little unsaturated fat – the culprits in our food that increase risk for heart disease.

What’s the potential downside to eggs? “Well, a single egg yolk contains about 215 milligrams of cholesterol applied to our recommended daily limit of 200-300 milligrams,” says, Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “So people with diabetes or high blood cholesterol would be wise to limit their egg intake to one to two per week.”

As for everyone else, prospective studies found no significant negative effect of eating one to two eggs daily in healthy people who generally eat a low-fat diet.

So go ahead and enjoy your eggs. Whether soft-boiled, sunny-side up, poached or otherwise prepared, they’re good for you!