Health: Don’t underestimate importance of eggs

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Much as we love them, the typical chocolate Easter egg contains around 530 calories and children in particular, some of whom may receive eight or nine each, can consume up to 4,240 calories.

However, we can’t underestimate the health benefits that real eggs provide. Leeds Reebok master trainer, Stacey Jacques, shares some expert knowledge on why and how eggs can benefit us as we shape up this season.

Calorie reduction

Studies show that people who eat eggs in the morning find it easier to curb calorie intake during the day. Researchers at the Rochester Centre of Obesity in the US discovered that women who ate two boiled eggs for breakfast went on to eat 400 fewer calories during the rest of the day than those given a bagel breakfast of the same calories. This may be due to the high-protein content in eggs which keeps those feeling satisfied for longer. A medium-sized egg contains around 66 calories.

Builds muscle tone

Eggs provide 6g of high quality protein which assists with fat loss and muscle building, repair, and maintenance. Protein is important for anyone looking to firm their muscles and improve their shape.

Improves skin

The amino acids in eggs are converted into skin, collagen, muscle and more with greater efficiency than the proteins from any other food you can eat. This helps to improve tissue repair, fine links and wrinkles, skin smoothness, clarity and more.

Stockpile them

Hard-boiling six eggs every Sunday will ensure you can include an egg in your salad and sandwiches for the remainder of the week. Don’t cook more than six if you are looking to only have one a day because it takes seven days for cooked eggs to no longer be safe to eat.

Eat the yolk

The yolk does contain all of the egg’s fat and the majority of the cholesterol, but it does contain many of the egg’s numerous benefits including vitamin A, B, D, E and K and three hunger banishing proteins which may help your body to function at its best whilst kicking hunger to the curb for longer. A simple tip for those who are concerned with cholesterol is to try using one whole egg and then only adding the egg white of another.

Pre-workout meal

For those who hit the gym or do some form of intense exercise, a veggie omelette made with two eggs, two egg whites, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and grapefruit or oatmeal is a good option one to two hours before exercise.

Post-workout meal

A simple post-workout meal may consist of five cooked egg whites and a whole egg, with a banana on the side. This meal contains approximately 22g of protein and is low in fat whilst providing a good source of carbohydrate to help your body refuel.