EGG, THE WONDER FOOD
‘ Which came first, Chicken or egg? ’ The roundabout riddle continues but we know for sure that the egg is far ahead on the fast track of nutritional race. Eggs are being recognized for their outstanding nutritional qualities. Eggs contain proteins of the highest quality one can buy. Eggs are ideal for those who are calorie conscious. Rich in protein
Egg tops the list as an example of first class protein that contains all the amino acids required by the human body. An average egg yields 6.5gms of protein which meets about 12 to 14 percent of the requirement of an average person. The valuable vitamin:
Except for vitamin C, an egg contains varying amounts of 13 vitamins. Egg is a good source of B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin D and some vitamin E as well. Minerals and trace elements:
Eggs are an excellent source of phosphorus and iodine. Zinc and selenium found in a single egg cover 10 percent of one’s daily requirements for both these trace elements. Iron found in a single egg accounts for about 7 to 11 percent of one’s daily needs. Calcium and sodium about 4.5 percent and potassium, copper and chlorine account for about 3 percent of one’s daily requirements. Choline, an essential nutrient found in eggs, is required for memory and brain development. Cholesterol and fats:
The total fat content in an egg is about 5 grams. The American Heart association recommends a dietary Cholesterol intake of 300mg/day and therefore there is enough room for ‘an egg a day’ programme. Eggs for eyes: Eating eggs may help protect the eyes from macular degeneration, the age related disease that leads to blindness. An egg is a natural wonder that comes packed with all the powers to sustain life.