I used to be pretty good at never (and I mean never) skipping breakfast, as it was always my most important meal of the day, giving me that energy boost we all need in the morning.
Then came college, then came work, and somehow sleep got the better of me and I ended up getting up late, rushing to get ready and completely ignoring breakfast. By 11 or 12 I’d be absolutely starving and end up either snacking, eating a pastry or just serving on coffee. Not a great way to keep energy levels steady huh.
But breakfast has nonetheless remained my number one favourite meal. In the last month or so I’ve gone back to my old (and better) habits: getting up earlier, and making time to enjoy breakfast. I generally get up, make a coffee and have one or two eggs (depending on how hungry I am) on brown buttered bread. And I found this type of breakfast helps me last longer during the day, and I don’t get as hungry later on.
The thing is, I’ve had lots of people, including my mom, comment on how eating eggs everyday is bad for you, and how unhealthy it is. Now, I’m not a nutritionist or an expert by any means, but I’ve done some research on the matter, and I’ve concluded that eggs aren’t bad for you, though, and I feel like captain obvious saying it, moderation is key.
Here’s 7 reasons you should eat eggs for breakfast:
1. Egg keep you feeling full much longer than cereal or toast.
The protein and fat in eggs helps sustain your energy levels, keeping you satisfied for longer and reducing the need for a mid morning snack.
2. Eggs assist weight loss.
This is a follow on benefit from keeping you satiated. Studies have shown that people who eat eggs for breakfast are more likely to lose weight than those who ate bagels. I’ve actually noticed a decent weight loss since I went back o my breakfast routine. I’m not going to credit it to eating eggs though, because in fairness, eating breakfast alone is key in losing weight.
3. Eggs are a great source of protein.
Whole eggs are one of the most complete sources of protein, meaning eggs contain all the essential amino acids which we must get from our diets.
4. Eggs tend to be relatively inexpensive.
Compared to other high protein foods such as red meat, even free range eggs are more budget friendly.
5. Eggs aren’t going to make your cholesterol worse.
This! I’ve grown up hearing over and over how eggs raise your cholesterol, and while it’s true that eggs do contain a significant amount of cholesterol, the old formula of the cholesterol you eat impacting on your blood cholesterol levels, has been disproven. So there’s no need to worry about eating eggs increasing your risk for heart disease.
6. Eggs help with brain development and memory.
Choline, an essential nutrient found in eggs, stimulates brain development and function. It has also been linked with increasing memory retention and recall as well as improving alertness.
7. Eggs protect your eyesight.
Two antioxidants, leutin and zeaxanthin, are present in eggs and have been linked to protecting eyes from damage related to UV exposure. They have also been associated with reducing the likelihood of developing cataracts in old age.
On top of all these facts, it also doesn’t hurt that eggs are pretty quick to make; i generally have scrambled eggs on brown toast, but you can poach them, fry them (in olive oil ;P), boil them the night before, or even zap them in the microwave for 60 seconds! my absolute favourite thing to make when I have a lil bit of time is eggs Benedict!