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In a word: yes! And free range egg nutrition is even more impressive! Despite past misconceptions about the role of important nutrients like dietary cholesterol and fat, eggs are unequivocally a healthy whole food, and not to mention a complete protein, and the FDA agrees. For many years, eggs were villainized for their fat and cholesterol content amid growing concern about what a "heart-healthy diet" is comprised of. As a result of decades of misinformation, many Americans erroneously limited - or altogether avoided - eggs as part of their everyday nourishment. Although extensive research has debunked the myth surrounding eggs and health, many people are left wondering: are eggs good for you? Well, now you can wonder no more! Here are just a few reasons why eggs are a healthy choice:
Whole foods are defined as products that have not been processed or refined and are free from additives or added ingredients: think items like fresh produce, raw meat, and eggs. Although many processed foods are by no means harmful to your health, whole foods are an essential part of any diet.
You may have heard amino acids referred to as the building blocks of protein. One large egg contains 6 grams of protein made up of all 9 essential amino acids, making eggs a complete protein and one of the world's healthiest protein sources. What does that mean, exactly? Well, not only can eating eggs help you on your journey to fulfill your daily nutrition needs (whether you're a vegetarian or an omnivore), but protein-rich foods take more time for the body to break down, so you can count on an egg-containing meal to keep you feeling fuller and satisfied for longer.
According to the FDA, "while about three-quarters of Americans
meet the recommendation for the meat, poultry, and eggs subgroup, eggs provide choline and vitamin D, two nutrients with notably low intakes." In addition to aiding the normal function of cells (especially those involved with metabolism), choline promotes brain and memory development in infants. For this reason, eggs are specifically recommended as an important first food for infants and toddlers, as well as pregnant and breast feeding people according to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Vitamin D, which eggs are considered a good source of, works hand in hand with calcium to strengthen bones and teeth. Consuming eggs daily will also boost your intake of selenium, riboflavin, phosphorus, lutein, and zeaxanthin, and all from a natural source in a low-calorie package.
Despite its sullied reputation, fat is an essential part of any diet. Of the 5 grams of fat found in a large egg, the majority are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, often referred to as "healthy fats." These types of fat are particularly beneficial in weight and blood sugar management and are often touted for their role in diabetes prevention. Although many people have concerns about saturated fat (which should be noted increases HDL cholesterol, or what many doctors simplify as "good cholesterol,") a single egg contains less than 8% of the recommended daily value.
In addition to healthy fats, eggs are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids that help regulate blood clotting, inflammation, and genetic function, and even play a role in preventing heart disease, stroke, and other ailments. Omega-3 fatty acids are in the polyunsaturated fat family and are considered essential because the body can't produce them on its own.
It was once believed that even a moderate dietary cholesterol intake could increase one's risk for heart disease and stroke, but thanks to a thorough review by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in the 2010s, it is now understood that moderate dietary cholesterol or egg consumption is not known to increase the risk for heart disease and its comorbidities except in people with a strong genetic risk for high cholesterol. Subsequent reviews and numerous studies have corroborated these findings, revealing no evidence that egg consumption elevates cholesterol in blood levels.
Because they come from free-roaming hens with access to sunshine and a varied, species-appropriate diet, free range eggs like ours are known to contain more omega-3 fatty acids than eggs from caged or even cage-free hens.
Curious about these nutrients and their functions? Let's dig in!
So many nutrients, such a small package! Considered a nutrient dense protein by the FDA, eggs are an absolute powerhouse when it comes to getting your daily needs. Here are a few of the key nutrients and vitamins you'll find in an egg:
One large egg contains 23% of the recommended daily value of choline, which is essential for nervous system and brain function.
One large egg contains 22% of the recommended daily value of selenium, a trace mineral that supports cognition, immune system functions, thyroid function, DNA synthesis, fertility, and more.
One large egg contains 14% of the recommended daily value of riboflavin (also known as vitamin B2), which aids the development of skin, the digestive tract, blood cells, and brain function.
One large egg contains 10% of the recommended daily value of vitamin D, which allows the body to absorb calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. Vitamin D is frequently under-consumed among Americans.
One large egg contains 10% of the recommended daily value of phosphorus, a mineral that activates enzymes, regulates blood pH, and keeps bones, teeth, and cell membranes in tip-top shape.
One large egg contains 6 grams of protein or 12% of the recommended daily value. Protein is often referred to as a building block of body tissue and an essential energy source.
One large egg contains 5 grams of fat or 6% of the recommended daily value. Fats play two key roles in the body: providing energy and aiding in the absorption of numerous fat-soluble vitamins.
One large egg contains 185 milligrams of cholesterol or 62% of the recommended daily value. The human body requires both LDL and HDL cholesterol to function, create hormones, and produce other nutrients. The majority of the cholesterol found in eggs is HDL, which is known for absorbing cholesterol and transporting it to the liver to be flushed from the body's system. In fact, this type of cholesterol can lower one's risk for heart disease.
If that's not evidence enough that eggs are a nutritious part of any healthy, well-balanced diet, we don't know what is! So go ahead and crack into our eggs for breakfast, dinner, or an anytime snack. Not only can you feel good about free range egg nutrition, but choosing a humane option like Nellie's means doing a good thing for our hens, farmers, and the planet.
Hi Paula, it's easy to be egg-cited about good nutrition!
When I was little, my dad had laying hens they roamed all thru the yard, I was incharged of collecting the eggs 🥚 every day . Mom used eggs for breakfast, and baking.
Hi Ruthie, what a great childhood memory. Thanks for sharing!
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Hi Borhane, we definitely understand how tough the current price of groceries can be on a fixed income budget. Did you know we have a Buy 10 Get 1 Free promotion? For every 10 products of ours you buy(and clip the UPC's to send to us!), we will send you a coupon for a free product.
Thank you for sharing this information on eggs! I knew some of the reasons but not all five! It’s now an egg per day for me! Btw, I only eat yours!!
Hi Lynda, we're so happy to know that our eggs are the ones for you!
I know the facts are true. I know my body needs eggs everyday !
I grew up on a Farm.
I can tell right away if I could not have eggs everyday ! While studying art history i. Italy one Summer, i got delis near the pensiones to boil eggs to offer to americans to have with cappuccino. I bet this started a trend. Because they said, thanks to me !
They sold lots of boiled eggs ! If i eat processed cereals , they cause me to be hungry! Naturally , ( i was missing protein ). LOL. Ruth Conner.
Hi Ruth, what a great story! Thanks for sharing your eggcellent experiences with all of us!
Well if 1 egg is good for you, then 2 must be better. I eat 2 eggs almost every morning. And it's true, you don't get very hungry at lunch time.
Hi Bob, we'd have to agree! The only thing better than one of our farm-fresh eggs are TWO of our delicious eggs! :)
I love your eggs! Just that orange healthy yolk, dripping perfect on my toasted Bay’s eng muffin! Yummy!
Hi Susie, thank you so much for these kind words! We love to hear how people love our sunny yolks. We hope that you continue to enjoy our free range eggs!
Someone told white are bleached. Is this true? I thought it depends on the type of chicken since some eggs could be blue. Thank you. Have a blessed day.
Hi Jimmy. Eggshell color depends on the color of the hen's earlobes! For example, hens with white earlobes lay white eggs and hens with red earlobes lay brown eggs.
I LOVE eggs...Eat only yours. And your article was stupendous....BUT, with some essential words printed in yellow *the color of Eggs/I get it ) It was terribly hard to read those essential words....Sorry !!!!!
Hi Beverly! We appreciate your loyalty to our happy hens. Thank you for providing us with this feedback about the difficulty of reading some of the yellow print.
Growing up we always had our own chickens that were free roaming. We also ate lots of eggs and fresh chickens as I never saw my Mom buy chickens to eat in the store. And how ironic both my parents lived long lives Mom till 99 and my Dad at almost 102. Maybe eating eggs helped!
Hi Amelia! We always love to hear stories from folks who have raised their own flocks. Thanks for the support of our happy hens!
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