The incredible, edible egg really is incredible. Find out the health benefits of eating boiled eggs for breakfast.
Eggs have been given a bad rap – a vestige of the days when eating eggs was believed to significantly raise cholesterol levels – even when eaten in reasonable numbers. The egg again regained its place in the world of healthy foods when it was popularized during the low carb diet craze. So, what’s the status of the egg now? Is it okay to enjoy a boiled egg for breakfast with a slice of whole grain toast? Are boiled eggs healthy?
Eating boiled eggs is one of the best ways to get the health benefits of eggs. Unlike scrambled and fried eggs that necessitate the use of oil or butter during their prep, boiled eggs can be cooked without these fats. Plus, eating boiled eggs allows you to control how much of the yolk you eat to reduce the amount of cholesterol you take in. Once you’ve boiled the egg, simply discard half of the yolk and enjoy it chopped up with some spices or on top or on whole grain toast.
When you eat boiled eggs, you’re getting one of the highest quality sources of protein. A single boiled egg supplies around twelve percent of the average person’s daily protein requirement in a form that’s easily absorbed and readily used by the body. Plus, the average boiled egg only has only eighty calories – making a boiled egg an excellent source of high quality protein for people watching their weight. No wonder body builders eat them by the dozens!
Another benefit of boiled eggs? They’re an excellent source of choline – a compound that’s important for healthy brain function. Choline also has anti-inflammatory benefits which may help lower the risk of certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. Eggs are one of the best sources of choline – but you have to eat the yolk to get the benefits choline offers.
Did you know that eating boiled eggs also protects your vision? Eggs are a good source of carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin which help to guard against macular degeneration – the most common cause of visual loss in older adults. Protecting your eyesight has never been so easy.
What about the cholesterol issue? Eating boiled eggs will only raise your cholesterol if you eat too many of them. Studies show that you can eat one to two eggs per day including the yolk without causing a significant rise in cholesterol levels. If you want to eat more than that, throw away part of the yolk and eat only the egg whites.
The bottom line? Enjoy the many benefits of boiled eggs, but don’t more than one or two a day if you have an elevated cholesterol level.