Eggcellent Easter

Did you know?  A typical whole egg contains only 75 calories and 6 grams of protein, with only 5 grams of fat, 2 of which are saturated. It is full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B6, B12, and E, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorous, pantothenic acid, and zinc. And the protein is considered to be the most complete and balanced for humans of any protein source other than mother’s milk! It is one of the rare foods that contains vitamin D. While the human body can produce vitamin D itself from exposure to sunlight, egg yolks are one of the few dietary sources for the vitamin. If you’re worried about fat, calories, and dietary cholesterol levels, you can stick to egg whites. One egg white has only 17 calories and it’s all protein—4 grams. Unfortunately, you’ll lose most of the nutrients that the yolk provides, but it’s a great, easy way to add more protein to your diet. common caveat with eggs is their high cholesterol levels. One large egg contains over 200 milligrams of cholesterol—over 70 percent of the U.S. government’s recommended daily allowance. But don’t throw the eggs away yet, there are some factors to consider.Dietary cholesterol is not the same as blood, or serum, cholesterol.  Cholesterol is necessary for cell membrane growth and normal cell function and in the production of bile which helps our body digest fats. Too much blood cholesterol, though, can cause plaque buildup in our arteries, which could lead to a dangerous blockage and contribute to stroke or heart attack. So enjoy those easter eggs, but as in all food, moderation is the key!! Have an eggcellent Easter!

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