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