Eggs are one of nature’s powerhouse. As well as being packed with essential nutrients they are also economical. For the nutrients in them they are one of the cheapest packages available in the supermarket.
- Protein – A medium egg has about 6.5 grams of protein but only 70 – 85 calories. That makes it easy to get protein in a low calorie way.
- Vitamins – Some of the essential vitamins in an egg include:
Vitamin B2 - needs to be obtained each day, cannot be stored.
Vitamin B12 – needed for the brain and nervous system and metabolism
Choline – part of the B group of vitamins. Essential for the brain.
Vitamin A – Only found in the yolk and needed for eyes, skin, bones, immune function
Vitamin D – One of the few food sources, only in the yolk.
Vitamin E – Only found in the yolk. It is an antioxidant
- Minerals – Minerals are vital and must be obtained from our food. Amongst others these will be found in eggs:
Iron – Necessary for the blood
Zinc – Only found in the yolk and needed for growth, sexual function and immune system.
Phosphorus – Required by every cell in the body
Iodine – needed for the thyroid
Selenium – an antioxidant
This short list is not by any means the total list of nutrients found in eggs. They do in fact contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral that is needed. Vitamin C is about the only vitamin not found in eggs.
Enjoy your eggs as they are packed full of goodness and will help you in your efforts to maintain a healthy diet.