Are there any health benefits to eating eggs?
Yes. One egg packs in 6 grams of protein (a little more than half in the white). "In fact, the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] of the United Nations classifies eggs as the highest protein source, above other protein of a food by analyzing its amino acid content, its digestibility and the amino acid requirements of the animal species that eat it.¬ With 100 as the standard for protein quality, an egg is rated at 93.7.¬ Other foods include cow's milk (84.5), fish (76), beef (74.3) and soy (72.8).¬ This means egg protein has the highest value for growth," says VanBeber.
Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are also found in eggs. "The beta-carotene content is high. Specifically, lutein and zeaxanthin are found in the yolk of an egg. These two carotenoids have been shown to decrease macular degeneration, which causes irreversible blindness," says VanBeber.
Additionally, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has cited the high choline (said to have a role in early brain development) content of the egg. Eggs also contain 15 percent of the daily requirement for riboflavin (an important B vitamin necessary for metabolism) and 17 percent for selenium (an important antioxidant mineral).
Are there other reasons to eat eggs?
Eggs cook quickly and are ready within minutes. They're very easy to eat (which is especially important for the young and elderly) and store. Plus, eggs are portable when hard-boiled and make a great low-calorie snack. And they're inexpensive. "Today at the supermarket, one dozen large eggs can cost as little as $1. One egg contains the protein equivalent of 1 ounce of meat -- that's a great value for the money," says Dunn