- One medium egg contains over half our daily requirement of Vitamin B12 which contributes to the formation of red blood cells and aids the normal function of the nervous system.
- That same egg contains 6g of protein the essential nutrient needed for building tissue, cells and muscle. Cells are being rebuilt every day and 6g amounts to around 10 per cent of your daily protein requirement.
- The protein in eggs is the best you can get. It comes complete with all 20 amino acids and tops every protein evaluation table including efficiency and digestibility. While the yolk does contain protein most is found in the white.
- Eggs are a rich source of Vitamin B2 also known as riboflavin which is needed by the body to release the energy from food and is linked to healthy skin, eyes and the nervous system.
- You get a third of your daily requirement for Vitamin D from one egg. Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones and teeth because it plays a crucial role in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous in the body.
- Iodine is a key component of the hormones made in the thyroid gland. And these are critical to health because they help to control energy levels. You can get almost a fifth of your daily iodine requirement from one egg.
- Eggs contain folate. Also known as folic acid, it is vital in aiding rapid cell division and growth. It is therefore especially important for pregnant women.
- It used to be thought that egg consumption should be limited because they contain cholesterol. Not anymore. The NHS says: “The amount of saturated fat we eat has more effect on the amount of cholesterol in our blood than eating eggs does. If you are told to watch your cholesterol levels your priority should be to cut down saturated fat.”
- Vitamin A – there’s almost a tenth of your daily requirement in an egg – is involved in the development of body cells as well as helping power the immune system and is linked with skin and eye health.
- Two key minerals in eggs are Phosphorous, which plays a part in the formation of bones and teeth but also has an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats, and Selenium which acts as an important antioxidant and also plays a role in the immune system.
- They also contain Biotin, linked to skin and hair health, Choline, which aids liver function and Pantothenic Acid, a vitamin that plays a role in energy production.
- They taste wonderful.