Choosing the Healthiest Eggs

A recent study by the Rochester Center for Obesity Research shows that eating eggs for breakfast could help limit your calorie intake throughout the rest of the day. In the study, 30 overweight or obese women ate either an egg-based or a bagel-based breakfast, each containing the same amount of calories and almost identical levels of protein. Researchers recorded the women’s eating habits in the hours following and found that just before lunch, the women who had eaten eggs for breakfast felt less hungry and ate a smaller lunch than did those who ate bagels. But the weight loss benefits didn't stop there. Over the next 36 hours, the egg eaters consumed an average 417 calories less than the bagel eaters.

But not all eggs are created equally. Here are three things to look for to choose the best eggs for both your weight loss goals and your overall health.

1. Pastured eggs: Hens who feed in pastures tend to get a whole lot more of what nature intended for them than do hens that care continuously caged and often get synthetic and arguably less healthy supplements. The results:

  • 1⁄3 less cholesterol
  • 1⁄4 less saturated fat
  • 2⁄3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta-carotene
  • 4 to 6 times more vitamin D

2. Omega-3s and DHAs: Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation has been shown to be effective for promoting not only weight loss but also fat loss and belly fat loss in various trials. Plus, it boasts an exhaustive range of health benefits from treating dry eye syndrome to reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. And DHAs are potent gene regulators, kicking up those genes most closely associated with health, including healthy metabolism of calories.

3. Color and thickness: To tell if the eggs you've already bought are healthy, break and take a look at them. The yolk will have a darker, more orange than yellowish color and will take up a larger portion of the full egg than will the yoke of a less healthy egg. Also, the thick part of the egg white will be larger and noticeably thicker.

For more weight loss tips and tricks, visit your nearest Metabolic Research Center location. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule an appointment.


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