It can be tough to get your health back on track after the feasts and treats that come along with the holiday season. If you have set health and wellness resolutions for the New Year, then you will benefit from adding eggs to a balanced diet, thanks to the high-quality protein and essential vitamins eggs provide. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants to help Coloradans on the road to good health this year by educating you on the many health benefits of the incredible, edible egg.
While eggs can be a great addition to your diet to help you lose weight, get fit or just feel better, consuming eggs regularly can also help reduce your risk of stroke by 12 percent. A new study published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition in 2016 compared egg consumption with the risk of heart disease and stroke and found that consuming one egg daily can decrease your risk of stroke. The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC), the research division of the American Egg Board, provided support for the study. These findings also come on the heels of years of research demonstrating that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. To learn more about what these findings mean for you from ENC’s Executive Director, Tia M. Rains, PhD visit www.eggnutritioncenter.org/blog/.
“CEP members take pride in providing Coloradans with fresh, high quality eggs to fuel their healthy lifestyles,” said Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association. “The essential vitamins and nutrients found in eggs as well as the high-quality protein in every serving can help build muscle strength and keep you feeling full longer. The health benefits of the egg are truly incredible.”
At only 70 calories, one large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein (13 percent of the recommended Daily Value) and all nine essential amino acids as well as essential vitamins and minerals, including choline, Vitamin A, several B vitamins and calcium. According to the American Egg Board, eating eggs can help you achieve your optimum health in the following areas:
· Weight management: The high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel fuller longer and stay energized, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight. Protein found in eggs provides steady and sustained energy because it does not cause surges in blood sugar or insulin levels which can lead to an energy “crash”.
· Muscle strength and muscle-loss prevention: Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and aging adults. Consuming eggs post-exercise can also maximize muscle repair.
· Healthy pregnancy: Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects. Two eggs contain about 250 milligrams of choline, or roughly half of the recommended daily intake for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Everyone, especially pregnant women, should cook their eggs thoroughly to kill any bacteria that may be present.
· Brain function: Choline also aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.
· Eye health: Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness. Though eggs contain a small amount of these two nutrients, research shows that the lutein from eggs may be more bioavailable than lutein from other food sources.
Visit our website at www.coloradoeggproducers.com/resources/educational-resources/where-buy-colorado-eggs to find out where you can buy fresh Colorado eggs and get cracking today for a healthier tomorrow.
Want to learn more about the egg-citing world of egg production in Colorado? Visit CEP at the National Western Stock Show January 7th through 22nd. Our interactive barn has fun for the whole family with videos and slide shows, a conveyor belt for kids to operate, informational egg brochures, recipes and so much more! CEP will also have a kid-friendly Lego™ display showing how eggs get from the farm to the kitchen table. Find us on the 3rd floor in the Hall of Education in the CSU Ag Adventure display exhibit.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
Producing for Colorado. Farming with Care.
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing six farms throughout Colorado. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by their regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state and its partnership with the Good Egg Project, an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing a high quality, protein-dense food like eggs to citizens in this great state. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy section of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. The six CEP farms are Colorado Egg, LLC; Country Side Pullets; Morning Fresh Farms; NestFresh; Opal Foods and Sparboe Farms. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.