12 things that happen to your body when you eat eggs
Eggs are one of the easiest, the most versatile and the cheapest ways for you to take in more proteins.
Besides for increasing your daily protein count, eggs are also great for boosting your health, as they contain seven grams of the muscle-builder, each 85-calorie egg. Eggs are also abundant in amino acids, iron and antioxidants. Do not avoid the yolk, since it boasts a fat-fighting nutrient called choline. That is why you should eat the whole egg, which will help you trim down.
Every time you buy eggs, look at the labels. Always opt for the organic ones. Their quality is regulated by the USDA and they are free from antibiotics, hormones and vaccines. When it comes to color, that is your call. Different types of chicken give eggs with different color, but with the same nutritional value, claims Molly Morgan, RD, a board certified sports specialist dietician based in upstate New York. We present you only twelve of the many mighty effects eggs have on our body.
- YOU’LL REDUCE YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE
We all know that the LDL cholesterol is ‘bad’ cholesterol, and that is because the LDL particles transmit their fat molecules into artery walls, and drive atherosclerosis, principally gumming up of the arteries. The HDL particles, on the other hand, remove fat molecules from the walls of the arteries. However, not all LDL particles are the same, and there are different subtypes that are different in size. The bigger are better, because it was scientifically proven in numerous studies that individuals who have predominantly small, dense LDL particles have an increased risk of heart disease compared to individuals who have predominantly large LDL particles. The best part is – even though eggs tend to increase the LDL cholesterol in some people, research indicates that the LDL particles change from small and dense to large, thus cutting the risk of cardiovascular issues.
- YOU’LL BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
If you want to avoid or get rid of the infections, diseases and viruses, then you should include an egg or two in your daily diet. Only one egg contains nearly a quarter (about 22 percent) of your RDA of selenium, a nutrient that aids in improving your immune system and regulating the thyroid hormones. Eggs are especially recommended for children. Lack of selenium in children and adolescents can lead to developing Keshan disease and Kashin-Beck disease, two illnesses that can affect the heart, the joints and the bones.
- YOU’LL IMPROVE YOUR CHOLESTEROL PROFILE
Three things connected to cholesterol are familiar to everyone: 1) high cholesterol is bad, 2) there are good and bad cholesterol; and 3) eggs contain a lot of cholesterol. In general, doctors are mostly concerned with the ratio of ‘good’ cholesterol, or HDL, and ‘bad’ cholesterol, or LDL. In a large egg, there are 212 milligrams of cholesterol, but this does not mean that eggs increase the ‘bad’ cholesterol levels in the blood. Cholesterol is perpetually produced by the body itself, and a large body of evidence shows that eggs can in fact improve your cholesterol profile. How is this possible? Well, eggs are known to increase the HDL, the good cholesterol and to increase the size of the LDL particles.
- YOU’LL HAVE MORE GET-UP-AND-GO
In only one egg, there is nearly 15 percent of your RDA of vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin. This is just one of the eight vitamins from the B group of vitamins, which are beneficial because they help the process of converting food into fuel, used for production of energy. Eggs also belong to the group of 25 best foods for a tones body.
- YOUR SKIN AND HAIR WILL IMPROVE
B-complex vitamins are also required for your liver, eyes, skin and hair health. Besides vitamin B2, eggs also contain plenty of vitamins B5 and B12. These vitamins are also needed for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
- YOU’LL FEEL FULLER AND EAT LESS
Eggs are an excellent source of quality protein, and are the best source of protein compared to all other food sources. The score of eggs is a perfect one – 100. In numerous studies the effect of high-protein food on appetite are shown, and the conclusion is that they take the edge off. There is a scale called the Satiety Index, and eggs are known to score very high on this scale, meaning that they contribute to the feeling of fullness a lot.
- YOU’LL LOSE FAT
Mostly because of their satiating power, eggs have been connected to fat loss. A research has been conducted on this topic and the results from it were amazing: over a period of eight weeks, people ate a breakfast of either eggs or bagels, both containing the same quantity of calories. The group that ate eggs lost 65 percent more body fat, had a 61 percent greater reduction in BMI (body mass index) and saw a 34 percent greater reduction in the waist circumference.
- YOU’LL PROTECT YOUR BRAIN
Eggs are one of the best brain foods. This is mostly due to the essential nutrient called choline. This nutrient is a part of the cell membranes and it is necessary for synthesizing acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter. According to many studies, the insufficiency of choline has been connected to neurological disorders and lowered cognitive function. Surprisingly, over ninety percent of the Americans consume less than the daily recommended quantities of choline, a US dietary survey indicates.
- YOU’LL SAVE YOUR LIFE
Not many people are familiar with the amazing fact that the body can produce eleven essential amino acids, necessary to sustain life. However, the human body needs twenty essential amino acids. You already guess where the remaining nine amino acids can be found. Yes, you are right. The insufficiency of these nine amino acids can cause muscle wasting, weakness, lowered immune response, fatigue and changes to the skin and hair texture.
- YOU’LL HAVE LESS STRESS AND ANXIETY
The lack of the nine amino acids can be compensated by consuming eggs, but if it is not compensated, it can have mental effects. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published a study in 2004, in which is described how the levels of stress and anxiety can be reduced by supplementation the diet of the population with lysine, possibly by modulating serotonin in the nervous system.
- YOU’LL PROTECT YOUR PEEPERS
Eggs contain two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are proved to protect the eyes and the eye health. They are not present in a carton of Egg Beaters for example, because they only exist in the yolk. The antioxidants considerably lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, some of the major causes of vision impairment and blindness among the older population. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published a study which showed that the participants in the study who consumed 1.3 egg yolks a day over a four-and-a-half-week period experienced increased blood levels of zeaxanthin by 114-142 percent and lutein by 28-50 percent.
- YOU’LL IMPROVE YOUR BONES AND TEETH
Vitamin D is rarely found in natural products, and it is very important for bones and teeth health and strength. As you might already guess, eggs contain this vitamin as well. This vitamin protects the bones and the teeth mainly by aiding the absorption of calcium. This mineral is essential for maintaining the health and the proper function of the heart, the colon and the metabolism.