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Eggs: A Breakfast Staple With Great Health Benefits

By Paul Rothbart

With their great versatility and tasty flavor, eggs are ubiquitous in cooking. Breakfast dishes alone contain much variety. Over easy, scrambled, poached, hard or soft boiled. Eggs are also used in the recipes of many baked goods, in meatloafs, and in breading foods to be fried. No, questions, eggs are a staple in many of the world's cuisines. They are also quite nutritious with many health benefits. Here are some of the ways eggs can boost your health.

Heart Health

Eggs contain nutrition that promotes heart health, especially betaine and choline. A study conducted in China of almost a half-million people found that eating one egg per day may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Eggs were once a cause of concern due to cholesterol content, but it is now understood that high cholesterol comes primarily from saturated fats. Eggs, when eaten in moderation, will improve heart health without raising cholesterol.

Vitamin D

This essential vitamin is manufactured by the body using sunlight and is also added to milk. It can be tricky to get enough of it. This is another nutritional benefit of eggs, as they are a good source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps build strong bones and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets. Free range-eggs are the best source of Vitamin D so check the labels carefully.

Protein

Protein is one of the most essential nutrients for good health. It is used to build muscle. Greater muscle mass burns more calories as well as builds strength. Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Another benefit of protein is that it helps you feel full, which can be very helpful to those trying to lose weight. 

Other Types of Eggs

While chicken eggs are the most commonly consumed by humans, there are other types worth considering. Duck eggs are similar to chicken eggs, but are larger. They also contain more protein and are more rich. Care must be taken when eating duck eggs as they also contain more fat. Quail eggs, though much smaller, are similar in taste to chicken eggs and contain similar nutrition. Their pretty, speckled shells have made them popular in gourmet cooking. The largest of all eggs, those of the ostrich, have become popular with some chefs. They are rich and tasty in some recipes. Cracking one open is not as simple as tapping it on the side of a pan. These monsters require tools to open. 

Eggs taste good and can be used in many types of dishes. They also contain solid nutrition and several health benefits. If you haven't already, try adding eggs to your diet. They're not just for breakfast. I like a fried egg on a burger.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Schaumburg, Ill.

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