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Eggs: The Perfect Food

In recent decades, changing dietary recommendations have left many consumers wondering, “Are eggs healthy?” While that’s understandable, the truth is that eggs are good for you regardless of your age. Eggs can enhance fetal development in pregnant women, for example, and they can preserve brain function in older people as well.

Given eggs’ nutritional value, a strong case can be made for referring to eggs as the perfect food or even a superfood. If you’re doubtful of the nutritional value of eggs, consider the following:

  • One large egg has just 70 calories, including the nutrient-rich yolk.
  • A large egg has only 4.5 grams of fat, including 1.5 grams of saturated fat.
  • One large egg represents 13 percent of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances for protein consumption.
    Eggs are low in sodium.
  • Eggs naturally provide key vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin D.

Put simply, eggs naturally contain just about every nutrient humans need to be healthy without packing a lot of calories. Eggs like Sauder’s Gold Eggs, which are enhanced with added nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and vitamins, offer even more nutritional value.

Health Benefits of Eggs

In addition to having significant nutritional value, eggs offer a variety of health benefits. The benefits include:

  • Increased HDL Levels: HDL is shorthand for high density lipoprotein, which is widely referred to as the “good” kind of cholesterol. As a general rule, individuals with higher levels of HDL are less susceptible to suffer from heart disease, stroke and a variety of other maladies. Eating eggs is an effective way to increase your HDL level. In fact, one study showed that consuming two eggs per day for six weeks can raise HDL levels by as much as 10 percent.
  • Eggs Transform LDL Cholesterol: Whereas HDL is the good cholesterol, LDL cholesterol is the bad kind. LDL cholesterol has several subtypes that are related to the size of its particles. People whose LDL cholesterol consists of mostly small particles are more vulnerable to experiencing heart disease than people whose LDL cholesterol is largely made up of larger particles. Eggs have the power to transform small, dense LDL particles into large particles, which can reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Eggs Preserve Eye Health: Many people experience worsening eyesight as they age. Luckily, eggs contain several essential nutrients that can help preserve the health of your eyes, including lutein and zeaxanthin. Eggs also contain vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness throughout the world.

plate of 6 deviled eggs

Frequently Asked Questions

Believe it or not, those are just a few of the health benefits that eggs provide. Partly because they have so much nutritional value and they provide so many health benefits, people often ask us a lot of questions about eggs. Here are some of the questions that people ask us most often:

  • Do eggs lower triglycerides?

    The answer to this question is, it depends. For example, Omega-3 and pastured eggs can lower triglyceride levels successfully. Hens raised on pasture and those raised on feed rich in Omega-3 have higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids lower triglyceride levels, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.In a study published by the Journal of Nutrition, eating an egg a day did not affect participants’ blood levels of total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol or triglycerides — however, their levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients for carotenoid protection, did increase. High blood cholesterol levels and high blood triglyceride levels commonly occur simultaneously, but your triglyceride level does not increase with consuming dietary cholesterol.

  • Is it true that eating eggs can increase my risk of heart disease or stroke?

    This misperception was perpetuated for decades simply because eggs contain cholesterol. Recent studies have discovered no relationship between eating eggs and a greater risk of heart disease or stroke in people who don’t suffer from diabetes.

  • Can eating eggs help me lose weight? 

    Eggs are loaded with protein, which is a filling macronutrient. Because of this, eggs rank high on the Satiety Index, which measures how effective foods are at making people feel full after they’re consumed and reducing their subsequent intake of calories. One study revealed that eating an egg breakfast instead of a bagel breakfast over eight weeks resulted in a significant amount of weight loss.

  • Is it safe to eat the yolk?

    Absolutely! In fact, the yolk contains the majority of an egg’s nutrients.

  • How many eggs can I eat in a day safely?

    It’s widely accepted that people can eat three eggs per day if they’re trying to stay healthy. While there is no evidence that eating more eggs in a 24-hour period is harmful, no one has conclusively studied the effects of eating more eggs on a daily basis to date..

This brief list of FAQs is far from exhaustive. It simply gives you an idea of the kinds of inquiries we field on a regular basis. If you have questions about our products or eggs in general, we encourage you to contact our family-owned and operated organization today!

The Face of the Egg Industry

With eggs being such an affordable source of protein compared to many alternatives such as beef and a lot of fish varieties sold in grocery stores, the egg industry in the United States remains strong. According to the American Egg Board, table egg production in the U.S. reached a total of 7.67 billion in October, 2017 alone. As of November, 2017, the per capita consumption of eggs in the U.S. is expected to be 275.2 million in 2017, which is up from 274.7 million in 2016.

Since eggs offer such rich nutritional value and so many meaningful health benefits, it’s no wonder why the egg industry in America is thriving. At R.W. Sauder, we’re proud to be a part of an industry that sells products people can feel great about consuming every day. To learn where you can buy Sauder’s Eggs at affordable prices, use our helpful store locator now!