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A-Z OF SUPERFOODS: EGGS

A-Z OF SUPERFOODS: EGGS

Simple to cook, easy to store and in its own compostable packaging – the humble egg has a lot going for it. Read on for some egg-cellent nutritional news!

 FILLING, NOT FATTENING

The calorie count of eggs is 155 calories per 100 grams; a medium sized egg is only about 70 calories. That egg also contains about 6 grams of protein.  There’s no better nutrient than protein for filling you up and helping to build muscle. So the egg is the perfect source of protein without too many calories.

FULL OF NUTRITION

As well as protein, eggs are stuffed with other nutrients. They contain vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamins B2 and B12, plus essential minerals including folate and iodine.

You may remember concerns that eggs could be a health risk due to their cholesterol content. Good news – the latest guidance from the NHS and the British Heart Foundation is that unless specifically advised, eggs are fine as part of a balanced diet. Store eggs in the fridge, keep them away from strong flavours and eat them as fresh as possible.

VERSATILE

Boiling an egg is the first culinary skill for all of us, so dust off that egg cup. Hard-boiling turns the egg into a portable lunch snack – eat whole or slice up in a salad.

Scrambling eggs with milk and a tiny spray of fat is another healthy dish. Add a slice of toast and chopped spring onion, cheese or smoked salmon for extra taste. Fried eggs are best kept for a treat, but a great British breakfast will do no harm once in a while.

So eggs are a superfood for everyone, and especially important for a bodybuilding diet. Perhaps the new slogan should be ‘go to work-out on an egg!’

 

the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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