Good Fats and Good Nutrition in Eggs
Did you know that eggs can help you meet the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and be part of a healthful diet that may help you maintain a healthy weight?
The Dietary Guidelines recommend choosing nutrient dense foods to meet your nutrient needs, while balancing calories. Here are their nutrition tips:
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups
- Eat less of nutrient-poor foods
- Limit the amount of fat you consume to no more than 25-30% of your total calories in a given day. For good health, the majority of that fat should be monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- Consume less than 1500 mg of sodium/day
It’s important to recognize that fat delivers nutrition and you don’t need (or want) to avoid fat.
Eggs are all natural and packed with egg nutrition—including 13 essential vitamins and minerals–all for only 70 calories! One large egg has 6 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fat–that’s only 7% of your Daily Value for fat, and its breakdown is 1.5 grams saturated and 2 grams monounsaturated fatty acids.
Eggs are healthy…and economical!
The American Heart Association includes eggs on its list of healthy foods for under $1, making eggs an inexpensive and delicious way to get much needed nutrients.
Eggs are extremely versatile! Whether eaten alone, added to meals or included as an ingredient in a recipe, eggs are a great way to add nutrients, flavor and satisfaction to your diet. Experiment with eggs on your plate in these great ways:
- Add eggs to a salad, such as the Safest Choice™ bacon and egg Brussels sprouts salad recipe.
- Try an egg in your soup; get the egg drop curry recipe.
- Blend a Safest Choice™ egg into an orange mango smoothie. You can drink a smoothie as a snack or a meal replacement.
- The green eggs and ham pizza recipe is a great example of how you can enjoy eggs any time of day. Want more recipes for eggs any time?
- Add an egg as a great late afternoon pick-me-up-snack. Avocado deviled eggs are great for this one!
Safe from Salmonella
No matter what style you choose—sunny-side up, over-easy, scrambled, poached, boiled—or raw in a smoothie—Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs are safe from Salmonella. You can’t say that for ordinary raw eggs.
Making a food-safe choice with the eggs you use is just one more way to promote your health.