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The Importance of a Good Breakfast: Ten Reasons Eggs Should be Part of Your Morning Routine

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The hustle and bustle of everyday life has many Americans rushing to get things done, especially in the morning. We rush to get the kids ready for the day and to get to work on time – as a result we often rush out the door without eating a balanced breakfast. Pressed for time and out of healthy options, we opt for pastries or breakfast bars that more closely resemble dessert than breakfast food. The choice to go entirely without breakfast or grab something less than desirable on the go can impact us long after our morning commutes. Fortunately, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is here to share the healthy, affordable and convenient answer to morning madness – eggs!

CEP is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout Colorado. 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. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on 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. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. To see video of how chickens are raised in both cage and cage-free environments or to find a list of where to buy Colorado eggs visit coloradoeggproducers.com.

“As Colorado egg farmers, we are passionate about sharing the egg-ceptional nutritional benefits eggs offer as part of a balanced diet. Inexpensive and versatile, there are a variety of ways to incorporate eggs into your daily meals, especially breakfast,” said Terry Tormohlen, Colorado egg farmer and CEP member. “The all natural, high-quality protein, minerals and vitamins found in a whole egg can help fuel the body and mind longer into the day than a high carbohydrate breakfast.”

A nutrient dense food that contains every major vitamin except vitamin C, eggs can play an important role in weight management, brain function, muscle strength and more. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that eating two eggs for breakfast, as part of a reduced calorie diet, helped overweight adults lose more weight and feel more energetic than those who ate a high carbohydrate bagel breakfast of equal calories. In fact, the overweight subjects who ate the high protein egg breakfast lost 65 percent more weight than their carbohydrate counterparts.

Additionally, more and more research continues to point to the link between good nutrition and education in children and adolescents. Research shows there are cognitive benefits to eating breakfast, especially for children. Those who consistently eat breakfast before or at school have improved memory recall time, improved grades and higher test scores.

In addition to weight management and increased learning, eggs are a nutritionally sound breakfast choice for many other reasons. The following are the top ten reasons why eggs should be part of any morning routine, courtesy of our friends at the American Egg Board.

1. One egg provides 6 grams of protein, or 12 percent of the Recommended Daily Value. Eggs provide the highest quality protein found in any food because they provide all of the essential amino acids our bodies need in a near-perfect pattern.
2. Muscle strength and repair. Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and middle-aged and aging adults prevent muscle loss. Make eggs a part of your post morning workout meal.
3. Time Released Energy. Studies show that eggs can provide a “time release” source of energy that helps maintain blood glucose levels, which helps people feel fuller and energized longer.
4. Make time for breakfast. Research shows that eating breakfast is a sign of overall health and good behavior in children. Breakfast eaters are less likely to miss school due to illness or other issues.
5. Energy for a busy day. All natural, high-quality protein like the type found in eggs provides active kids and adults with the sustained energy necessary to get through their busy days.
6. 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 roughly half of the recommended daily intake for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
7. Eggs are healthier than previously thought. A new USDA study shows that eggs have 14% less cholesterol and more vitamin D than before. One egg provides at least ten percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin D.
8. Affordable source of high-quality protein. At a cost of approximately 15 cents each, eggs are one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein you can buy. They are as good for your waistline as they are for your bottom line.
9. Eggs are delicious! With virtually hundreds of different ways to prepare eggs you are sure to please the pickiest of eaters, kids and adults alike.
10. Eggs are convenient! Fast and easy to prepare, eggs are versatile and can be taken on the go. For fast and easy recipes that take less than three minutes to prepare visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.

This summer, the Colorado Egg Producers Association challenges you to Go Egg-streme for a chance to win an iPad 2! Support your local egg farmer and “like” us on Facebook. Throughout July, August and September upload pictures and videos of yourself, your friends or your family enjoying egg-streme activities with nature’s perfect protein – an egg – to our Wall for your chance to win an iPad2. To enter now, click here. For more information about CEP, please visit coloradoeggproducers.com.

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