We all know that eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense foods, but now a new study claims that eating an egg a day can help fight obesity.
The British study, which analyzed 71 research papers on the nutritional composition of eggs and their role in the diet, found that eggs contain vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and choline, which may also play an important role in dieting and weight loss.
According to researchers, a medium-sized egg contains less than 80 calories and provides more than 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance.
Dr Carrie Ruxton, an independent dietitian and lead author of the report, said: “There are clear nutritional benefits to regular egg consumption. Emerging evidence suggests that eggs may be beneficial for satiety, weight control, and eye health.
“With the previous limit on egg consumption lifted, most people would benefit from returning to working days on eggs.”
The research confirmed that eggs contain the richest mix of essential amino acids – crucial for children, teenagers and young adults as they need a balance for proper growth and repair, the Daily Mail reported.
It also claims that the high levels of antioxidants found in eggs can even help prevent age-related muscle degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
The research team cited data from studies in the United States that found that those who ate eggs had higher intakes of almost all nutrients than those who did not eat eggs.
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to a number of medical conditions, including poor bone health, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, immune disorders and mental health problems.
The research, which will be published in the June issue of the journal Nutrition and Food Science, identified specific groups who may benefit from eating more eggs, including young adults, heavy meat eaters and those who avoid dairy.
Dr Ruxton added: “The health benefits of eggs would appear to be so great that it is probably no exaggeration to call them a superfood – they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available.
“Eggs are not only low in calories but also packed with nutrients that are essential for a healthy lifestyle. They are an ideal food for every stage of life, as well as being easy to cook and enjoyable to eat.”