Broken egg isolated on white backgroundAlthough many people have removed whole eggs from their diets due to cholesterol concerns, studies actually show that eggs contain numerous nutrients that may help lower the risk for heart disease: protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate. (Source) Eggs are also a good source of the fat-soluble vitamins A and D and contain essential fatty acids.

Another reason to eat eggs is that they are an excellent quality protein. They contain amino acids which build up lean body/muscle mass. Actually, the protein in eggs may be the best kind of protein for your muscles. This makes eggs a good protein source for weight loss and aging.

While there are so many great nutritious reasons to eat eggs, my favorite reason is for their ability to aid in weight loss. They are low in fat and contain only 70-80 calories each.

Because eggs are rich in lecithin and sulfur compounds, they are great for cleaning the liver, our main fat burning organ. For this reason, it’s important to keep our livers clean when trying to lose weight. Lecithin intervenes with the body’s ability to form fat deposits as well as help clean out the liver. The yolks have “scubbers” in them that help scrub away toxins and break up fats in liver.

The healthiest option is organic eggs from grass-fed and free-range chickens. They get plenty of fresh air, fresh grass and exercise.  Conventionally raised chickens are fed grain/corn and due to their living conditions, chickens are often given antibiotics to keep them healthy.  These items are not the diet God intended for them to eat. The same guidelines apply to buying chickens for eating the meat; Grass fed chickens have less fat, fewer calories and contain higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been linked to easier weight loss and reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

We understand that purchasing organic, grass fed eggs (or chicken) is more expensive, so if this is an issue for you, consider consuming smaller portions and filling up with other protein sources such as quinoa, legumes, etc.