Egg Nutrition 101

Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse.

One large egg contains 6.5 grams of protein, all 9 essential amino acids, and 14 key nutrients that help maintain healthy bones, teeth, skin and eyes. All for only 80 calories!

Eggs have a wealth of nutrients vital for good health packed into their shells.

   Vitamin B12 helps protect against heart disease.

   Choline is an important nutrient for brain development and is especially important for babies and toddlers.

   Lutein and Zeaxanthin help maintain good vision and may reduce the risk of age-related eye disease.

   Selenium helps prevent the breakdown of body tissues.

   Iron in eggs is easily absorbed by the body and carries oxygen to the cells.

   Folate (B9) helps produce and maintain new cells and helps protect against serious birth defects during pregnancy.

   Vitamin D and Phosphorus help strengthen bones and teeth.

   Vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin and eye tissue and assists in night vision.

   Vitamin E is an antioxidant that plays a role in preventing disease.

 

No matter what type of eggs you buy, you are getting the same nutrients.

Whether you buy conventional eggs or organic eggs, free run or free range, or choose white over brown you are getting the same nutrition. All eggs have the same nutritional values and all the same great vitamins and minerals.

Eggs are a natural, protein-rich whole food.

A large egg has just 5.5 grams of fat, and less than a third of that is saturated fat, putting them high on the Canadian Food Guide’s list of healthy, lean proteins. The Canadian Food Guide also recommends cutting back on processed foods and making more home-cooked meals with whole foods. As a nutritious, lean protein, eggs fit perfectly into a healthy diet.

Research shows that saturated fats have more impact than dietary cholesterol on your heart health.

Saturated fats raise LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol more than cholesterol in the food you eat, meaning that foods lower in saturated fats like eggs, fish and other lean proteins are healthier options than fatty meats, full-fat dairy, fried or processed foods. But be mindful of how you’re cooking your healthy eggs! Frying your eggs in saturated fats like lard or butter, or serving your eggs with high fat foods like bacon, can compromise the heart-healthy benefits eggs bring to your plate.

Don’t forget to balance your plate!

A healthy eating guide is to divide your plate in half – half of your plate should be veggies. Divide it in half again – a quarter of your plate should be healthy whole grains, and the other quarter should be lean proteins, like eggs!

Learn more at Canada.ca/FoodGuide.

Eggs are a great first-food for your baby.

Health Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society and Dietitians of Canada recommend introducing whole eggs to the diet of your infant at 6 months, or as soon as they’re able to eat solid foods.

Eggs: fuel for fitness.

Eggs are an excellent source of high-quality protein, exactly what’s needed to repair and build muscle during a workout. With 6.5 grams of protein and just over 5 grams of fat (of which only 1.25 grams are saturated) eggs are healthier than many protein bars or shakes.

When snacking on your eggs, don’t forget the yolk! Whole eggs stimulate muscle growth more than egg whites alone, and the yolk contains most of the nutrients in an egg.

 

 

 

 

“If you have exercise in your New Year’s resolutions, then you better make sure you have proper nutrition as well.” – Chef Dez, Corporate Chef for BC Egg

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