Move Over Carrots: Eggs for Eye Health

eggsWe’ve all heard about the benefits of eating eggs and how they are chalk full of good for you nutrients.  It now appears we can add another point on the board for eggs as they may be the best “new” food for eye health.  Tomorrow morning when you make your way to the kitchen for breakfast, get out the eggs and vegetables and make yourself an omelet!  Your eyes will thank you.

The incredible, edible egg is full of eye friendly antioxidants.  Egg yolks are high in lutein, a type of carotenoid that helps fight macular degeneration, the leading cause of legal blindness.  You can also find lutein in green leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli.  However, scientists now say that the body is able to absorb lutein better from eggs than leafy vegetables.

Eggs also contain zeaxanthin; an antioxidant found in egg yolk and is believed to help protect eyes against damage due to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.  Zeaxanthin and lutein also reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

Other benefits of eggs include:

  • Weight Management– The protein in eggs can help you lose weight by controlling hunger and keeping you full longer.  Protein also helps control the rate at which your body absorbs calories.
  • Brain Development– Choline, a substance found in egg yolk stimulates brain development and function.
  • Lasting Energy– Protein-rich eggs help sustain your energy level and curb cravings and unhealthy snacking.  Protein is the most filling nutrient and will keep you going through the day!
  • Multivitamin– Each egg contains only 70 calories and is packed with 14 essential nutrients making it a nutrient-dense food.  From a nutrient standpoint, eating an egg is like taking a multivitamin pill.