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Health benefits of having eggs

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Eggs have been found to boast several health benefits. Recent research has offered insight into better understanding the composition of eggs and recognising the important nutrients, minerals and vitamins contained within them. An excellent source of protein, amino acids, iron as well as vitamins B and D, eggs are not only nutritious but also provide a tasty and economical meal option.

"Eggs hold so much potential in the modern-day diet," said Dr Eilir Jones, nutritional consultant at CB Foods Ltd. "Not only are they one of the most versatile and convenient foods on the planet, they also represent nature's way of packaging together all the nutrients needed for life," he concluded.

Studies have shown that eggs:

Reduce the risk of circulatory diseases

Lower blood pressure

Alleviate asthma

Promote infant development

Improve brain function inchildren

Reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease

Regulate the brain, and the nervous and cardiovascular systems

Promote healthy hair and nails

Lower the chances of developing cataracts

Scrambled Eggs Deluxe

Ingredients:

8 Smart Eggs

1/4 cup milk

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

2 tbs unsalted butter

1 large tomato, chopped

1 tbs thinly sliced green onion tops

Preparation:

1. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together until well blended.

2. Melt butter in skillet over medium-low heat until hot; pour in egg mixture. Reduce heat.

3. As mixture begins to set on bottom and sides of skillet, lift and fold over with spatula.

4. Cook until eggs are almost set; fold in tomato and green onion. Heat scrambled eggs through; serve immediately. Scrambled eggs recipe serves 4.

Courtesy of http://southernfood.about.com/od/eggrecipes/r/bl30205z.htm

Diana Rattray, About.com Guide