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Eggs always seem to be shunned because of a few myths that are now deemed untruths. Our oval friends are better for you than you may have thought!

As a kid my mom used to always say “You eat way too many eggs! Do you want a heart attack?!” This of course was a reaction to the presumed thought that eggs were loaded with cholesterol and would clog up my arteries. This misconception comes from the 1960’s when scientist thought that fat content, cholesterol and heart problems all had a direct connection.

The truth is that that theory is now known to be false. In fact the right cholesterol, HDL (high density lipoprotein), which eggs have is known to lower the presence of bad cholesterol, LDL (low density lipoprotein). Imagine that! Since the 60's scientists now have found that the link between cholesterol and heart problems is much weaker than previously believed, and that genetics, womb conditions and overall lifestyle in combination with LDL consumption seem to be the leading reasons for heart related problems.

Eggs are also a kick ass source of natural proteins as well as have only 5 grams of fat per egg, those being a good balance of omega-3s and omega-6s. A high amount of Choline is also present in eggs, which is directly related to brain function. CNN released a report that said "eggs are being studied because they contain lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that may keep eyes healthy and ward off the leading cause of blindness, macular degeneration", which shows just how healthy these oval wonders can be.

Eggs have over 13 essential vitamins and minerals. Below are just a few that will benefit you greatly.

Tryptophan: an animo acid that is the precusor of serotonin, which can help improve your mood and control your appetite.

Selenium: lowering inflammation of the joints and helping the thyroid to function smoothly.

Choline: helping the cell membrane to work properly, and important in brain development and liver function (eggs happen to be the food that contains the most choline).

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): an important antioxidant that helps the body protect itself from cell damage.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): aids the body in turning carbs and fats into energy and is vital for a healthy pregnancy.

Vitamin B12: important for growth of nerve cells and aids in the process of metabolising energy for your cells.

So don’t worry, crack open an egg or two and reap the benefits of this delicious food that will make you strong and smart!

(above info came from  Skinny Chef)

Other Sources:

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