Happy Nutrition Month! This month we celebrate one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods – the mighty egg. The shell-protected food is rich in vitamins, minerals, and many other nutrients that are essential for good health.
To eggucate you further, eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein, meaning they contain all 9 essential amino acids. What are amino acids you ask? They are considered ‘building blocks for the body as they help form protein.
Each egg contains 6 grams of protein and 70 calories, so eggs keep you full for a long time, while also keeping you energized! Did you know, eggs contain iron which helps carry oxygen to your cells, creating energy while preventing anemia.
The small but mighty egg also assists with vitamin B12 intake, as it contains 50% of your daily dose of the vitamin which in turn helps keep nerve and blood cells healthy. With eggs benefiting your muscles, energy level, nerve, and blood cells health, there’s one more important benefit – eggs are packed with vitamin A which keeps your skin and eyes healthy and can even improve your night vision.
The nutrition found in eggs is immense and the good news is that everyone can reap the nutritional benefits found in eggs, including pregnant women and babies. Eggs contain folate that helps your body produce and maintain new cells, which is crucial during pregnancy. With a single egg containing 15% of your recommended daily intake of folate, babies are sure to develop healthily even before they are born. When they are born, it is recommended that you start introducing eggs to your little ones once they start eating solid foods which are usually around six months, because eggs contain protein, choline, and healthy fats to aid in the development of your baby. You can find some tips on how to introduce eggs into your baby’s diet here.
Not trying to eggsagerate or anything, but eggs are pretty awesome and nutritionally good for you with so many eggsceptional benefits. For a full breakdown of the nutritional content found in eggs, check out our dedicated nutrition page at https://eggs.ab.ca/eggs/egg-nutrition/