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11 Apr 2017

The many health benefits of eggs

It's about time eggs got that pat on the back they deserve. Those little shell bunnies are a miracle food too!

egg yolk shells

There’s a lot to be said about an egg. Fried, poached, scrambled, boiled, as an omelette, you never have to get bored. They’re in so many of our cooking and baking recipes, it’s hard to know just what we’d do without them.  

Over the years eggs have picked up a bit of a bad rep for being high in cholesterol. But it turns out they are actually very good for us. Here are some stellar reasons to get tucked into some eggs this Easter:

A complete source of protein

Eggs aren’t just high in protein, they are known as a ‘complete’ source of protein because they contain all eight amino acids. These are acids we need to get from our diets because our bodies can’t reproduce them. If you’re trying to up your protein intake, there’s probably no better choice than eggs.

They promote a healthy heart

Heart disease is one of the world’s biggest killers, so it’s really important to look after your cardiovascular health. Eggs are rich in many nutrients, many of which promote heart health such as choline and betaine. When it comes to cholesterol, you should note that saturated fat affects the cholesterol level in the blood more than dietary cholesterol itself. The cholesterol content in eggs is also lower than it used to be, accounting for around a third of the RDA.

They fill you up for longer

Eggs are extremely filling due to their high protein content, which can aid weight loss or stop you snacking throughout the day. Choosing eggs for breakfast will help you feel fuller for longer and control your diet.

boiled egg yolk

Vitamin & nutrient rich

Eggs are bursting to the brim with vitamins and minerals. As a super nutritional food, from each egg you’ll enjoy the benefits of vitamins A, E B2, B6, B12 and D as well as selenium, zinc, copper and iron. They’re a great all-rounder!

They could reduce cancer risk

Separate studies from Harvard University and the University of Carolina have found that eating more eggs can significantly reduce the chance of developing breast cancer. This is probably down to choline, which is found in the egg yolk and has been associated with preventing breast cancer.

Track your intake

So there you have it, eggs are great. And now you know their many health benefits, you can look forward to tucking into some soon. babylon’s Monitor tool can help. It lets you track your food intake, and calculates calories and nutritional values of your meals. For example, you can tell babylon you’ve had eggs for breakfast, choose what type of egg it was, boiled, fried etc, and see your data on screen.

Don’t forget that babylon can also help you keep up to date with your day to day health. If you’ve got a symptom and you’re not sure if you need to see a GP, just ask babylon. It analyses millions of symptom combinations in seconds to let you know what to do next when you’re feeling unwell. If you do need to speak to a GP then you’ll be able to book an appointment at a time that suits you, with just a few taps.

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