Thursday, February 5, 2009

Eggs: The Perfect Food?

Eggs are convenient, versatile and delicious, but it seems that they've been given a bad reputation in the past few years. So with all this talk about eggs being "perfect" nowadays, why aren't we eating more of them?

In a (nut)shell, eggs contain more nutrients than most foods. An average large egg provides the gold-standard in high-quality protein and almost every nutrient essential to sustaining life. One large egg is loaded with more protein than milk, fish, beef or soybeans and keeps you feeling full, satisfied and satiated. Plus, at only 70 calories a pop, it's a wonder that we're not taking advantage of these wonders of the natural (and culinary) world.

According to many research findings, eating just two eggs for breakfast may help overweight adults shed the pounds while at the same time increase their energy levels. According to researchers, eating eggs for breakfast can dramatically improve the odds of successfully losing weight and sticking to a weight loss plan. The feeling of fullness and satisfaction that eggs provide help people stick to a reduced-calorie diet.

But aren't eggs high in cholesterol? Not to worry. In the above noted study, participants' levels of HDL and LDL remained unchanged. If you want to be a bit more cautious, eating an average of one egg yolk per day will not hurt your cholesterol levels, according to University of Massachusetts researchers. Obviously, if you have high cholesterol, you should consult with your doctor to see if egg yolks are right for you, but that's not to say that you can't still enjoy the benefits of egg whites!

Nowadays, eggs are considered to be a functional food - not only do they cover our basic nutritional needs, but they also play an important role in the healthy development of the body.

Eating high-quality protein at breakfast seems to be the key to long-term weight loss and maintenance. Check out how to make NIM's amazing pizza omelet here and get on the right track to weight loss with NIM.

Get cracking!