Vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants, all wrapped in a shell
May 21, 2018

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If you’re looking for healthy foods, full of vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants, you can’t do much better than eggs.  The protein in eggs is the highest-quality protein found in any food, according to the American Egg Board. But it’s not just protein, eggs are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that provide a number of health benefits, including:

  • Weight management: The high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel full longer and stay energized, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight.

  • Muscle strength and muscle-loss prevention: Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and older adults.

  • Healthy pregnancy: Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects.

  • Brain function: Choline also aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and helping relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.

  • Eye health: Eggs contain two powerful antioxidants that help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness.

For more information on the benefits of eggs, visit www.eggnutritioncenter.org.

Originally published March 6, 2015.  Updated May 21, 2018