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EGGS

Eggs are one of the most nutrient filled foods and one of the most complete sources of protein. One large egg contains only 70 calories and provides many of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for good health. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and contain all 9 essential amino acids. Of course, Amino Acids are the building blocks for the body as they help form protein. Every egg has some six grams of high quality protein plus fourteen essential nutrients. Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Eggs therefore provide the energy that children and adults need to live an active, energetic lifestyle.

Eggs contain many nutrients and some of the benefits that these nutrients provide are:

Vitamin A Has been proposed for use in protecting against some cancers, and for managing Acne, Crohn's Disease, Diabetes, Eczema, HIV Support, Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstruation), Psoriasis, Rosacea and Seborrhea
Vitamin B12 Has been proposed for use in Alzheimer's Disease; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease); Asthma; Bell's Palsy; Depression; Diabetic Neuropathy; HIV Support; Male Infertility; Multiple Sclerosis; Osteoporosis; Periodontal Disease; Recurrent Miscarriage; Restless Legs Syndrome; Tinnitus and Vitiligo.
Vitamin D Has been proposed for use in Osteoporosis, Cancer Prevention, Diabetes (Prevention), Hypertension (Prevention), Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Psoriasis and Seasonal Affective Disorder
Vitamin E Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and has been proposed for prevention of prostate cancer as well as for managing Acne; Acute Anterior Uveitis (in Combination with Vitamin C); Alzheimer's Disease; Cataracts; Diabetic Neuropathy and Other Complications of Diabetes; Diabetic Neuropathy; Epilepsy; Immune Support; Macular Degeneration; Male Infertility; Menopausal Symptoms; Menstrual Pain; PMS; Preeclampsia Prevention; Restless Legs Syndrome; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Sports Performance; Tardive Dyskinesia and Vascular Dementia.
Zinc Has been proposed for Acne; Colds; General Nutritional Supplementation; Macular Degeneration; Sickle-cell Anemia; Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anorexia Nervosa; Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH); Cold Sores; Depression, Diabetes; Eczema; HIV Support; Impotence; Prostatitis; Radiation Therapy Support; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Tinnitus and Ulcers
Riboflavin Otherwise known as Vitamin B2 has been used for managing migraine headaches, Cataracts; HIV Support; Sickle-Cell Anemia and Sports Performance Enhancement.
Choline Has been proposed for use in managing brain function, memory issues, Alzheimer's Disease; Stroke, Bipolar Disease; Cancer Prevention; Cirrhosis; Hepatitis; High Cholesterol and HIV Support
Folate Has many proposed uses including Cancer Prevention; Depression; Heart Disease Prevention; Prevention of Birth Defects; Reduction of Methotrexate Side Effects, Bipolar Disorder; Gout; Improving Action of Drugs in the Nitroglycerin Family; Migraine Headaches; Nutritional Support for Cigarette Smokers; Osteoarthritis; Osteoporosis; Periodontal Disease; Restless Legs Syndrome; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Seborrheic Dermatitis and Vitiligo
Iron Carries oxygen to cells and keeps our blood healthy. It has been proposed for the Correction of Iron Deficiency; Sports Performance Enhancement, Attention Deficit Disorder; Fatigue; HIV Support; Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstruation); Reduction of ACE Inhibitor Side Effects and Restless Legs Syndrome
Lutein & Zeaxanthin May help manage Atherosclerosis; reduce the risks of developing Cataracts and Macular Degeneration
Niacin Is otherwise known as Vitamin B# and is used for managing High Cholesterol/Triglycerides, Cataracts; HIV Support; Pregnancy Support; Schizophrenia and Tardive Dyskinesia
Omega-3 These are essential fatty acids and have many applications including: Heart Disease Prevention; Rheumatoid Arthritis, Allergies; Asthma; Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Bipolar Disorder (Manic-depressive Illness); Borderline Personality Disorder; Cancer Treatment Support; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Crohn's Disease; Depression; Diabetic Neuropathy; Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain); Gout; HIV Support; Hypertension; Kidney Stones; Lupus; Male Infertility; Migraine Headaches; Multiple Sclerosis; Osteoporosis; Pregnancy Support; Prevention of Premature Birth; Prostate Cancer Prevention; Psoriasis; Raynaud's Phenomenon; Schizophrenia; Sickle-cell Anemia; Strokes (Prevention); Ulcerative Colitis and Undesired Weight Loss Caused by Cancer

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In addition to providing energy, the human body uses the protein found in eggs to build and repair body tissue and cells, build and maintain healthy muscles, grow strong hair and nails, strengthen the immune system and fight off infections, and help keep the body fluids in balance. Of all the food groups, protein is perhaps the most filling food and provides the energy levels that stay throughout the course of the day. This phenomenon is because the protein helps the body control its metabolism rate and the rate at which energy is absorbed. Many people who are on weight loss diets find that by taking an egg in the morning, they can skip snacks during the day and do not feel as much cravings in the afternoon.

There are no nutritional differences between brown eggs and white eggs. Most of the egg's vitamins and minerals are found in the egg yolk.

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that there is no significant link between eating eggs and developing cardiovascular disease in healthy individuals. Hu et al, 1999, Journal of the American Medical Association 281(15)1387-1394 reports that healthy adults can enjoy one egg everyday without increasing their risk of heart disease. The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada rejects the myth that high blood cholesterol is caused by eating foods that contain dietary cholesterol. When it comes to cardiovascular disease, it's the saturated fats and trans fats found in pastries, snacks, processed foods and any foods containing hydrogenated oils that raise blood cholesterol levels. Eggs are low in saturated fats and do not contain any trans fats.

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Foods that are obtained from animals such as meat, fish, poultry, egg yolks and milk products contain cholesterol. Foods derived from plants such as nuts, fruits, grains and vegetables do not contain cholesterol. The human body needs cholesterol to produce certain hormones, Vitamin D and digestive juices that help the digestion process. We only receive a part of the cholesterol we need from the foods we consume and the liver produces more to meet the body’s needs.

The egg is therefore an excellent food product. One drawback: in 1945, the average hen laid 151 eggs per year. Today the average hen lays approximately 300 eggs per year or more. The egg producers suggest that they are able to reach such high production levels through the use of modern farming methods, better breeding practices, better nutrition, improved housing and more efficient management of facilities. Skeptics will point to possible use of hormones, anti-biotics and suspect bird feed in chicken farming, which many egg producers deny

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Eggs