Eggs may be very good for you

Years ago the novelist Fay Weldon wrote a famous advertising slogan for eggs. It may now be revised again.

A study, funded by the British Egg Industry Council and released today, will be published in the June edition of the science journal Nutrition and Food Science. It analyzes 71 research papers and documents about eggs.

Despite worries about cholestrol, nutritionists are now saying that eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense foods and are suggesting we need one a day for optimum health.

Eggs are low in calories and a rich source of protein. They contain nutrients essential to good health, like vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and choline. They have the richest mix of essential amino acids of any other food.

Antioxidants in eggs could help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, especially in the elderly.

Dietician, Dr Carrie Ruxton, said: “The health benefits of eggs would appear to be so great that it’s perhaps no exaggeration to call them a superfood — they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. Eggs are not only low in calories but are packed with nutrients that are essential to healthy living. They are an ideal food at every stage of life, as well as being easy to cook and enjoyable to eat.”

Eggs are an important dietary source of vitamin D. One egg provides more than 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance. Low levels of the vitamin have been linked with medical conditions, including poor bone health, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, immune disorders and mental health problems.

Dr Ruxton said, “There are clear nutritional benefits to eating eggs on a regular basis. Emerging evidence suggests that eggs may be beneficial for satiety, weight control and eye health. With previous limits on egg consumption lifted, most people would benefit from a return to the days of going to work on an egg.”

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