DENVER – January 2014 – New Year’s is celebrated as a time for reflecting on the past year, creating resolutions and initiating change for a better and brighter future. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve our health: eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages those who pursue these admirable feats to prime themselves for success by including one staple in their daily meal plans: eggs. Often overlooked in diets, eggs are gluten-free powerhouses of nutrition that provide essential nutrients and high quality protein necessary to help you achieve and maintain health goals year-round.
“The nutrients in eggs provide vitamins and minerals that supply the quality protein necessary for muscle development and also protect against chronic disease,” said Clint Hickman, egg farmer and member of CEP. “Eggs are a smart choice for a healthy breakfast because they help keep you energized for any activities your day may hold. Eggs can also help build muscle mass if eaten after a workout. I encourage Coloradans to stick to their health and fitness goals in 2014 with the help of locally produced eggs.”
Eggs are packed with an abundance of nutrients and have only 75 calories. One serving has 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein including all nine essential amino acids and healthy unsaturated fats. By eating eggs for breakfast, individuals will feel fuller, more satisfied and more focused throughout the day.
In addition to helping with fitness routines, the nutrients found in eggs can improve other various health issues. According to the American Egg Board (AEB), eating eggs can help you achieve optimum health in the following areas:
• Weight management: The high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel fuller longer and stay energized, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight.
• Muscle strength and muscle-loss prevention: Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and aging adults.
• Healthy pregnancy: Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects. Two eggs provide about 250 milligrams of choline, or roughly half of the recommended daily intake for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Just make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked, as raw or undercooked eggs can lead to illness.
• Brain function: Choline aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.
• Eye health: Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness. Though eggs contain a small amount of these two nutrients, research shows that the lutein from eggs may be more bioavailable than lutein from other food sources.
AEB also offers a few tips for people who have set healthy New Year’s resolutions for themselves: balance strength training and aerobic activities at the gym, develop a healthy daily meal program that includes nutrient-dense foods like eggs, consult with a doctor to discuss realistic diet and fitness goals and develop healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercising and getting enough sleep.
Inspired to learn more about CEP and the benefits eggs offer? Visit our exhibit at the National Western Stock Show January 11th through 26th. Our interactive barn is fun for the whole family with videos and slide shows, life-like baby chicks and hens, a conveyor belt for kids to operate, informational egg brochures, recipes and much more. Find us on the 3rd floor in the Hall of Education in the CSU Ag Adventure display.
Find recipes, egg facts, agricultural news, a list of where to buy Colorado produced eggs and more at www.coloradoeggproducers.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout the state. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs, although it is important to note, there is no nutritional difference between cage-free eggs and conventionally produced eggs. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.