The Sunny Side Up on Eggs: Why Eggs Are a Better Choice than Protein Bars

Healthy EggsForget protein bars! Next time you’re looking for a healthy, high-protein snack, scramble up some eggs instead. Eggs are one of the best sources of protein without all of the artificial sugars and processed fats found in protein bars. The last blog article explains how the ingredients found in protein bars are basically junk-filled candy bars – they are refined, full of processed fats, and contribute to obesity and respiratory problems. Eggs, on the other hand, are high in protein and other nutrients without the artificial ingredients.

Protein in Eggs

Eggs offer a low-cost, high-quality protein. The protein in eggs is about 6.3 grams per egg, or about 12.5% of the recommended daily value for protein. Humans are built on protein – we rely on protein to provide the necessary amino acids, also known as the building blocks of life, we need to survive. Eggs are a great choice because they are a complete protein, meaning that they provide all 9 essential amino acids that we must obtain from our diet.

Benefits of Eggs

The benefits of eggs don’t stop with protein. In only 70-80 calories per egg, eggs also many other nutrients that benefit our health.

Choline reduces chronic inflammation and maintains cell membrane function. Choline helps to boost the brain and memory, ease heartburn, and prevent neural tube defects.

Iodine is needed for normal thyroid function. Without it, hypothyroidism and goiter can occur. The Japanese diet is deemed to be of the best due to its naturally occurring sources of iodine.

Phosphorus is a mineral that helps to form bones and teeth. It makes up 1% of a person’s total body weight.

Molybdenum acts as an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer. In a study of the effects of molybdenum on cancer, 4 patients saw their tumors stop growing for six months.

Vitamin B12, Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) are essential to cell metabolism. The B Vitamins, known as the happy vitamins, help to maintain healthy hair and skin, enhance immune function, raise energy levels, and regulate stress.

Selenium helps produce antioxidant enzymes. It can help reduce free-radical damage that contributes to chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid. While you may know of tryptophan as the reason you get tired after Thanksgiving dinner, tryptophan helps to regulate mood and appetite.

Vitamin D helps to maintain adequate calcium levels. Without it, bones can become brittle, thin, and misshapen. Older women need Vitamin D to help prevent osteoporosis.

Top 5 Reasons to Pick Eggs Over Processed Protein Bars

  1. They’re so inexpensive compared to protein bars!  One organic egg costs about 30-cents

  2. Eggs contain naturally occurring vitamins instead of artificially processed ingredients found in protein bars.

  3. They also contain Vitamin D–a nutrient lacking in most people’s diet.

  4. Easy to make and can be found almost anywhere (P.S., organic is best).

  5. If you’re looking to enhance beauty and health from within, these little guys do the trick!

Hungry yet?  Try making my cupcake-style, high protein eggs!