easter eggs

Eggs with benefits | Day 232

It’s Easter!1

Where I come from, we don’t do any of that chocolate egg nonsense. Instead, we colour real eggs, using natural ingredients and a simple cooking process.

As a result, the Latvian Easter traditions involve eating a lot of hard-boiled eggs.

Which means that during the week after Easter people will acquire higher levels of various essential nutrients, because eggs contain 11 minerals and vitamins useful for the human body. Notable amongst these are vitamins D and B12, as well as selenium and choline.

Vitamin D is crucial for bone development and health, as it controls the levels of calcium in the blood. You can get it by being in the sun, but for dietary intake eggs are one of the few foods providing it. Meanwhile vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is vital for the formation of red blood cells, and helps nerve tissue function properly.

Selenium is an essential trace mineral in the body, and is useful for preventing cell damage by boosting antioxidant production. Choline is also an essential nutrient (although not a vitamin) and serves several biological functions, including maintenance of the structural integrity of cell membranes, proper fat transportation in the body, as well as being an ingredient for a vital neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

Of course, eggs are also super-high in protein; and if you’ve heard that you should avoid them due to cholesterol, then remember that dietary cholesterol actually has very little influence on blood cholesterol. A hard-boiled egg is actually one of the better choices, because frying them would add extra fat – if you’re interested in keeping your calories in check. And when they come in a rainbow of colours, all the better.

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  1. I actually don’t celebrate Easter, but hey, four days off!

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