You’ve had them before: oval in shape, with a wiggly white and a golden yellow yolk. The humble egg is the star of many, many dishes in as many cultures, and is the focus of that unanswerable question.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
No matter what your answer is, it can’t be denied that the egg is one of the healthiest foods in the world. And the most common too! Found in every culture of the world’s cuisine, it’s a versatile ingredient that is as delicious as it is nutritious.
Just one whole egg contains an amazing range of nutrients. Eggs can come from a variety of poultry, but chicken eggs are the most common, with the most research done on it. A single chicken egg contains:
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
And that’s just the start! Eggs also contain small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral our bodies need, including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, manganese, vitamin E, folate, and a lot more.
A large-sized chicken egg, commonly available in any supermarket, contains only 77 calories. It also contains an average of 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and some carbohydrates.
But don’t forget that most of these vitamins and minerals are found inside the egg’s yolk! The white, on the other hand, contains mostly proteins, making the bright yellow yolk truly a golden treasure inside a shell.
The choline found inside egg yolks promotes healthy cell activity, liver function, and the transportation of key nutrients throughout the body. And with eggs having near to no carbohydrates and absolutely zero sugar, they’re a delicious and easy-to-find ingredient for weight loss diets!
Have a nutri-licious meal with eggs!