Eggs had and still have a bad name. After all, for a long time the idea prevailed that eggs would be bad for your cholesterol level; and thus could contribute to the development of heart disease. But is that really so?
In this blog I give you 5 reasons to eat an egg (daily).
Feeling saturated quickly
Eggs have a high saturation value. With relatively few kilocalories – one boiled egg contains only 80 kcal – you will feel saturated for a longer period of time. This is mainly due to the high protein content. Proteins stay in the stomach for a long time, which is naturally beneficial. After all, you will not be hungry again. An egg is therefore very suitable as a snack; but also as a start to the day.
Vitamin D is in the yolk
Eggs are rich in vitamin D. Vitamin D is a vitamin that the body can produce through the skin itself under the influence of sunlight. However, from mid-September to mid-April the sun power in the Netherlands is too low to be able to produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is limited in our diet. Fatty fish, margarine, low-fat margarine and butter contain some vitamin D. Eating an egg regularly, especially in the winter months, can contribute to a good vitamin D status. Vitamin D is needed for, among other things, brain function, bone building and muscle recovery after exercise. Vitamin D is only in the yolk. So don’t throw this away!
Egg does not raise cholesterol
Eggs do not raise cholesterol levels! They contain essential fatty acids that the body needs. These are mainly in the yolk. The yolk also contains cholesterol. However, the increase in blood cholesterol is only temporary. After all, the cholesterol from food does nothing to the process of producing cholesterol in the body. The production of cholesterol – and therefore an increased cholesterol level in the blood – is only disturbed by an excess of saturated fats and sugars.
Replacement of meat
Eggs are a great substitute for a day without meat. Although it is not wise to use eggs as a meat substitute on a daily basis – they contain considerably less iron – they can serve as a substitute for a piece of meat or fish. Just like meat, eggs contain all the amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) that our body needs. In addition, they also contain vitamin B12; this vitamin is only found in animal products. This is in contrast to other meat substitutes such as tofu or tempeh.
Eggs are tasty and you can vary endlessly with them. Consider an omelette with stir-fried vegetables as an evening meal; a mixed salad with a boiled egg for lunch; or scrambled eggs on a whole-grain sandwich for breakfast.