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Research has found that eggs are literally the new ‘superfood’. Here’s the double whammy: not only do they boost health, but they’ve even been found to help fight obesity.
Superstars Of The Food Pyramid
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Science reveals that eggs are the most nutrient-dense foods and we should be eating an ‘egg a day’ to benefit from its nutritional benefits.
Eggs also fight age-related muscular degeneration, because they’re high in antioxidants.
Dieticians have been saying that one can eat an egg a day and it won’t have an effect on cholesterol. This was proved by research which was conducted over a 30-year period – the study showed that there was no link between eating eggs and the increased risk of heart disease or a rise in cholesterol.
New studies show that saturated fats have the potential to raise cholesterol, not cholesterol-rich foods. The American and UK Heart foundations have subsequently changed their recommendations with regards to eggs. Eggs have high levels of vitamin D, B12, selenium and choline and they contain the richest mix of amino acids.
What About Weight Management?
Eggs are low in kilojoules, with a medium egg containing less than 335kJ (which is less than a small packet of chips).
A study showed that eating two scrambled eggs for breakfast contributed to greater satiety (feeling of fullness), which reduced total kilojoule intake for up to 36 hours. One trial showed that substituting eggs for bagels for breakfast, in combination with a low-kilojoule diet, significantly lowered weight over a 60-day period. Bonus: the trial also showed no effect on cholesterol.
What does this mean? Include eggs, as above, in your daily weight management plan and benefit from this ‘superfood’.