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An egg a day …

While we’re doing the right thing and staying home, the quickest, easiest and super healthy meal to enjoy is one with eggs.

Eggs have been referred to as nature’s fast food, packaged in a convenient, biodegradable shell, there are few other foods that are able to compete with eggs in terms of overall health benefits. An average large egg, weighing 55g, claims to be high in …

Protein: Eggs are a complete protein source, containing all of the amino acids (‘building blocks’) essential for growth and repair. Compared with other high protein foods, eggs are a relatively inexpensive option, from early childhood to the elderly.

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Vitamin B12: Vital for synthesis of DNA and myelin – the sheath that surrounds nerve fibres.

Biotin: Needed to release energy from food.

Vitamin D : Eggs are one of a few natural food sources of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for  calcium absorption, helping to maintain  bone and teeth health.

Riboflavin (vitamin B2): Needed to help produce energy and to release energy from food.

Choline: Adequate choline intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding is critical for foetal brain development, learning ability and lifelong memory function. Babies can eat a whole egg from the age of 6 months when solid foods are introduced.

Selenium: Acts as an anti-oxidant to help prevent breakdown of tissue and to protect against some chronic diseases.

Iodine: Essential for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland.

Lutein and zeaxanthin: These two anti-oxidants help to keep the eyes healthy by reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration, one of the common causes of age-related blindness. This protection is needed from early childhood.

Eat the whole egg, including the yolk, to get the full benefit. For more info visit www.sapoultry.co.za

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