eggs

  1. Eggs from organic chickens have more vitamin D

    Don't chicken out on organics

    You can head into the supermarket with the best of intentions. This time, you say to yourself, I really will buy only natural and organic foods.

    Then you see the price.

    That difference can make going organic tough to swallow -- but the latest research shows that when it comes to eggs, you're getting more than your money's worth.

    You're getting a nutritional powerhouse.

    In fact, compared to organic eggs from free-range chickens, plain old eggs just aren't up to scratch.

    The biggest difference is right where you want it: Organic eggs have higher levels of a nutrient many Americans, especially older folks, are missing out on.

    It's the essential vitamin D you need for heart, brain, bone, and more -- and recent studies show how it can cut the risk of conditions that can have an immediate and devastating impact on your life, including respiratory infections and falls.

    You WANT this stuff. You NEED this stuff. But if you're like most Americans, odds are you're NOT getting anything close to what your body is crying out for.

    But if you shell out just a little more cash on organic free-range eggs, you'll bone up on that all-important D -- because the new study finds it contains 42 percent more vitamin D3 than eggs from regular old factory-farm chickens.

    They contain so much vitamin D that a single organic free-range egg can provide a full 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of the stuff.

    Have two eggs for breakfast, and you're almost at the halfway point!

    The reason is basic biology: Like humans, hens make their vitamin D from sun exposure.

    The ones cooped up on factory farms literally never see honest-to-goodness daylight, while free-range chickens get out under the sun each day.

    The new study focused on D levels, but there are other reasons to go organic with your eggs, including a better balance of fats.

    Not too long ago -- before processed foods and factory farms came along -- we ate a diet roughly balanced in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

    Today, we eat far more omega-6 fatty acids, and the resulting imbalance leads to chronic inflammation, obesity, heart disease, and even mood disorders.

    The typical standard egg has a 19:1 ratio, meaning there's 19 milligrams of omega-6 for every single milligram of omega-3s.

    But organic eggs have a balance of anywhere from 4:1 to even 1:1.

    That's a better ratio for your overall health.

    Eggs are also rich in essential minerals, and they're so filling that studies show people who eat them for breakfast eat fewer snacks later in the morning and a smaller lunch in the afternoon.

    And that, my friend, is worth shelling out a little extra scratch for... so don't chicken out when you see the price.

  2. Eggs cut stroke risk

    The world's best breakfast packs a major benefit

    An apple a day might keep the doctor away... but if you want to keep the ambulance away, you're going to need something a little stronger.

    You'll need an egg!

    An egg isn't just a great way to start your day. This delicious and nutritious breakfast can also protect you from the nation's number four killer and one of the world's leading causes of disability in seniors.

    It can help prevent a stroke.

    Just one egg per day will cut your risk of stroke by 12 percent, according to the study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

    Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years because of the high fat content, which the mainstream has claimed is bad for the heart.

    But eggs actually have a very well-balanced fat profile -- and as a result, the same new study finds no increase in the risk of heart problems. In fact, the healthy fats in eggs can do just the opposite and protect the heart.

    Eggs are also loaded with healthy nutrients such as antioxidants, which can fight the damage caused by age and slash your levels of inflammation.

    Eating eggs can help control blood sugar and reduce blood pressure, both risk factors for a stroke.

    And along with cutting the risk of stroke, the healthy fats and proteins in eggs can even help you feel fuller, longer.

    In one study, folks given egg breakfasts ate less the rest of the morning and had smaller lunches... even when allowed to hit a buffet and eat whatever they wanted.

    Along with containing healthy fats and proteins, eggs also help protect you because of what they're NOT.

    When you eat eggs for breakfast, you're NOT eating the typical carb-heavy Western breakfast. You're not eating a bowl of cereal, which is usually little more than empty grains and emptier sugar sitting in a puddle of milk (which, despite what you may have heard, is also not that great for you).

    Stick to eggs. Along with being healthy, there are so many ways to serve them that you won't get bored: poached, scrambled, hard-boiled, and as the foundation of a delicious and filling omelet.

    And if you want to get an extra burst of protection from your morning meal, pass on the juice and drink tea instead.

    Tea will cut your risk of serious cardiovascular problems -- including heart attack and stroke -- by 35 percent, and you can read more about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. Eating breakfast leads to better glucose control

    Skipping breakfast isn’t a good way to diet. It’s a lousy way to diet -- and new research shows how a morning meal can help control blood sugar through lunch.
  4. Eggs can help you stay fuller longer and eat less at lunch

    The best breakfast is a plate of eggs as researchers find that they can help you stay fuller longer and even eat less at lunch.

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