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Eggs: The Truth Behind the Shell

When we think about healthy eating our minds may wander to foods like fruits, veggies and whole grains. But what about eggs? Eggs – which are a powerhouse of nutrition – are often overlooked. One egg provides you with 13 essential nutrients to help you live a healthier lifestyle.

“As local egg farmers, we strive to educate Coloradans about how healthy and cost-effective eggs are,” said Vince Ruscitti, a Colorado egg farmer. “We also want our community to know that our eggs come from only healthy and well cared for hens. We implemented an Animal Care Doctrine to ensure the best possible care of our hens to guarantee the best quality egg for consumers.”

The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association, a membership organization representing seven family farms throughout Colorado, is committed to doing what’s right for our community, as illustrated by their regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing eggs, a high quality, protein-dense food, to Coloradans. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown or white eggs.

At a mere 75 calories a piece, each egg has 13 essential nutrients – including high quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc. Eggs are an extremely versatile food and can be eaten alone, used in many recipes and in many prepackaged foods. Not only are eggs a great source of nutrition, but they also work well for families on any size budget.

Thinkegg.com provides many ways that eggs provide you with many of the nutrients your body needs and what those nutrients do for you. Eggs can…

  • Keep you looking healthy. One egg contains 23 percent of your daily value of selenium and 5 percent vitamin A. Selenium acts as an antioxidant to prevent breakdown of body tissues and to protect against some chronic diseases. Vitamin A supports growth and maintains healthy skin, vision and immune function.
  • Give you energy. One egg contains 14 percent of your daily value of riboflavin, which produced energy in cells, 7 percent daily value of pantothenic acid, which helps breakdown food and produce energy, and 10 percent daily value of phosporus, which is essential for healthy bones, teeth and cell membranes. Phosphorus is also required for energy production.
  • Help make your kids (and you) brainy. One eggs provides you with 23 percent of your daily value of Choline, which is essential for normal functioning of all cells, including those involved with metabolism, brain and nerve function, memory and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body.
  • Help you lose weight. In addition to being low in calories, the protein in eggs is the highest quality of all foods and is easily digested and absorbed by the body. The pantothenic acid and choline in eggs also helps you lose weight by helping breakdown food and maintain normal cell function.
  • Make you feel fuller for longer. Having eggs for breakfast helps you have a prolonged a feeling of fullness from the high-quality protein. Eggs eaten at the start of the day can help reduce daily calorie intake, prevent snacking between meals and keep you satisfied for longer.

Looking for ways to spice up your breakfast? Try adding leftover veggies like broccoli or asparagus or add some salsa for a Mexican-style twist. Or—if you are feeling really adventurous—simply slide off all the cheese and toppings from your leftover pizza to add to your new breakfast creation. The versatility of eggs will simply amaze you if you take the time to experiment with this underrated food.

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