In case you haven’t seen it, the Incredible Edible Egg has teamed up with the one-and-only Bacon. Yes, that Bacon. Kevin Bacon. We all know that bacon and eggs (or eggs and bacon) go hand-in-hand. It only makes perfect sense for the Hollywood icon to rep some eggs, right?
So, now that we’ve established that Bacon knows eggs, how much do you know? Well, here are a farmer’s dozen of reasons why you should eat more eggs.
1. The egg is a nutritional powerhouse.
One egg contains six degrees of separ…wait…I mean, six grams of high-quality protein and nine essential amino acids, as well as a good dose of vitamin D. This is all packed in at only 70 calories an egg.
2. One egg is all it’s cracked up to be.
No exaggeration there. One egg contains about 125 milligrams of choline, which is an essential nutrient required for the most basic of functions within our bodies. It helps our livers function, maintains regular cell activity, and aids in transporting nutrients throughout our body.
3. There’s nothing artificial about an egg.
There are no additives in an egg. Period. No added sugar, no added carbohydrates. It’s all natural.
4. Protein, protein, protein.
The egg will be the highest quality protein on your breakfast plate. It’s that high-quality protein in eggs that provide the “building blocks” your body needs to grow and perform properly. What you eat affects your body and eating eggs will help you gain strength and help your body repair muscle!
5. Eggs are the super breakfast meal.
You knew this, right? Research shows eating high-quality protein foods for breakfast, like eggs, can help you and your family feel more energized and satisfied throughout the day as compared to eating more protein at lunch or dinner. Eating eggs for breakfast may lead to improved memory recall time, improved grades and higher on test scores.
6. Eggs make cents!
Eggs are very affordable compared to other high-quality protein foods. At around $0.15 each, eggs are the least expensive source of high-quality protein per serving.
7. Eggs = Energy
A high-quality protein breakfast like eggs can help you throughout the day with sustained mental and physical energy.
8. Eggs and cholesterol?
You can rethink your cholesterol concern. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Scientific Report, in contrast to earlier guidance, makes no specific dietary cholesterol recommendation and states that cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption – a stance that is consistent with recommendations of other expert groups like the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
9. You may lose weight with eggs!
Say goodbye to stretchy pants, because high-quality protein, like the protein in eggs, may help with weight loss. Research suggests eating eggs for breakfast may help health-conscious dieters lose weight, lower their body mass index, and shrink their waist more than eating a bagel breakfast of equal calories.
10. Eating eggs means you get to keep your eyesight.
Two key antioxidants found in eggs may help prevent macular degeneration! While eggs contain small amounts of these two nutrients, research shows lutein and zeaxanthin from eggs may be more bioavailable (or readily used by the body) than those from richer sources with higher content, like spinach or kale, as well as supplements. Eggcellent!
11. You honestly cannot mess up cooking an egg.
An egg breakfast is quick and easy. All you need to do is beat an egg in a small bowl or coffee mug, place on high heat in the microwave for 60 seconds and add it to a toasted whole-grain English muffin. Then, top it off with some low-fat cheese and a slice of tomato for a balanced meal. It’s a speedy and satisfying start to the day, and it takes less than two minutes to prepare. Be careful not to burn your tongue!
12. And best of all, because Kevin Bacon thinks you should.
With a last name like Bacon, how could Kevin Bacon not team up with eggs to form a dynamic duo? If you want to find out more egg-related recipes, nutrition information, and what Kevin Bacon’s deal with bacon puns is, check out IncredibleEgg.org for more details.