World Egg Day is celebrated on the second Friday of October every year, which this year falls today, the 9th of October. On this day, we celebrate their immense nutritional value in the human diet.
The fantastic health benefits of eggs in fact make it a superfood, and here’s why:
1. Eggs help manage cholesterol: Eating eggs has been associated with increased levels of the “good” cholesterol, otherwise known as HDL (high-density lipoprotein).
2. Reduces the risk of heart disease: Eating eggs in moderation – less than one a day – is associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular diseases, especially hemorrhagic stroke. This works by mildly altering the pattern of LDL cholesterol from dense (risky) to large (less risky).
3. Helps with weight management: The high protein content means that eggs fill you up quickly. This helps to reduce the calorie intake, thereby, aiding with weight loss.
4. Eggs contain choline: An essential nutrient that promotes brain and cardiovascular health and cell membrane formation, eggs are an excellent source of choline.
5. Improves eye health: Lutein and Zeaxanthin found in egg yolks are two anti-oxidants that have been found to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
There is a story that goes that the 100 folds in a chef’s hat represent the 100 ways to cook an egg. So, however you like your eggs: scrambled, over easy, over medium, over hard, poached, soft boiled, hard boiled, pickled, baked, sunny side up; in an omelette, quiche, or frittata; and let’s not forget about dishes where eggs are not even the main ingredient: cakes and other baked goods, souffles, egg noodles, mayonnaise and sauces, today is your day to celebrate the humble eggy!