Following on from last weeks’ newsletter all about protein, I thought I’d dedicate this week to the amazing benefits of eggs and in particular the numerous benefits of lutein found in the yolk.
Lots of people still have the out-dated and flawed advice about eggs causing high cholesterol ringing in their heads making them scared to eat ‘too many eggs’.
If that’s you, it’s time to drop it.
It turns out that was nonsense.
Eggs are amazing. A true superfood!
So, get ready to learn how including these in your daily diet can improve your overall health and well-being.
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Eggs: The RE:AL Natural Superfood
Not only are eggs packed full of high quality protein, they’re also a great source of some essential vitamins and minerals. One of those is lutein.
The Magic of Lutein: Unlocking the Health Benefits
- Protect Your Peepers: Lutein, a carotenoid found in various fruits, vegetables, and egg yolks, is essential for maintaining optimal eye health. Acting as a natural blue light filter, lutein reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Stay Radiant with Healthy Skin: Lutein’s antioxidant properties neutralize free radicals, keeping your skin safe from UV-induced damage, preserving elasticity, and preventing premature aging.
- Keep Your Mind Sharp: Research suggests that lutein may help maintain cognitive function as we age. Higher lutein levels are associated with better cognitive performance in older adults.
- Fight Inflammation: Lutein’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
Eggs: A Nutrient Powerhouse and Lutein Source
- Lutein-rich Yolks: One large egg yolk provides 200-300 micrograms of highly bioavailable lutein. To maximize your lutein intake, consume the whole egg.
- Packed with Nutrients: Eggs are a fantastic source of high-quality protein, essential amino acids, vitamins (A, B2, B5, B12, D, and E), and minerals (phosphorus, selenium, and iodine).
- Cholesterol Concerns Debunked: Although eggs contain cholesterol, recent research shows that dietary cholesterol from eggs doesn’t significantly impact blood cholesterol levels for most people. Enjoy eggs as part of a healthy diet!
- Versatile and Delicious: Eggs can be prepared in a many different ways, from scrambled to poached or as a key ingredient in recipes like omelettes, frittatas, quiches, and baked goods.
- Budget-friendly Nutrition: Eggs are an affordable source of high-quality protein, making them a nutritious option for everyone.
Incorporating Lutein and Eggs into Your Daily Diet
Here are some simple and delicious ways to include lutein-rich foods and eggs in your daily meals:
- Start your day with a veggie-packed omelette or frittata with spinach, kale, or broccoli.
- Switch from processed sugar-loaded cereals for scrambled eggs for breakfast.
- Enjoy a hard-boiled egg as a portable and protein-rich snack.
- Whip up a colourful salad with mixed greens, orange or yellow fruits and vegetables, and sliced boiled eggs.
- Get creative with egg-based dishes for dinner, like a crust less quiche or shakshuka.
By incorporating lutein-rich foods and eggs into your daily diet, you can enjoy a variety of health benefits and promote overall well-being.
Quote of the Week
“The egg is the simplest and most complete food, conveniently packaged and unsurpassed in its versatility.” – John Seymour
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