Eggs

Eggs are a great protein source. The yolks also contain choline which is absolutely necessary for brain development it boosts the memory center in your brain. They can be eaten son many different ways; scrambled  for breakfast or egg salad for lunch but also make a great dinner time meal. Eating the whole egg is good for you; the yolk has the most nutrients in it.

  1. Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneration due to the carotenoid content. In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts.
  2. They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline, an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system and cardiovascular system. Choline also seems helpful in treating memory deficiencies in adults.
  3. Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one study, women who consumed at least six eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44 percent.
  4. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content.
  5. Eggs give you  the most bang for our buck. They are inexpensive and high in nutrients. I prefer to buy cage free, organic brown eggs.
  6. Eggs  have 6 grams of protein, contain all 9 essential amino acids, 5 grams of fat with 1.5 grams saturated fat, and are one of the very few foods with naturally occurring vitamin D.
    • B vitamins folate and riboflavin are necessary for your body to convert the foods you eat into energy. Folate  is important for prevention of birth defects.
    • Vitamin A is important for good night vision, general cell growth and for healthy skin.
    • Cage-Free Eggs

      Cage-free eggs are eggs from birds that are not raised in cages, but in floor systems usually in an open barn. The hens have bedding material such as pine shavings on the floor, and they are allowed perches and nest boxes to lay their eggs.  However, they may still be at close quarters with many other hens -- just not in cages. That depends on the farm.

      Free-Range Eggs

      Free-range eggs are laid from hens that have the opportunity to go outside. Smaller farms may keep birds outside. They may wander in and out of a barn and are free to roam outdoors.

      Organic Eggs

      Organic eggs are laid from hens that may be kept in any kind of caging system, but generally are cage free. They eat an organic feed and don’t receive vaccines or antibiotics.

      In order to qualify for USDA organic certification, the grains used for the hens’ diets must be produced on land that has been free from the use of toxic and persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers for at least three years.

      Genetically engineered crops are not permitted, and hens must be maintained without hormones and antibiotics.

      Vegetarian Eggs

      Vegetarian eggs are laid from hens that are only fed a vegetarian diet -- free from meat or fish by-products. Hens are kept in cages or indoors and do not eat any grubs or worms.

      Pasteurized Eggs

      Pasteurized eggs are eggs  that have been put through a  process where they are heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for three and a half minutes. Eggs are not required to be pasteurized. Pasteurization completely kills bacteria without cooking the egg. Eating pasteurized eggs is recommended for young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems so they can reduce the risk of contracting a salmonella infection.

       Omega 3 Eggs

      Omega 3 eggs are produced by hens fed a diet rich in omega-3's  like flax seed.