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ENJOY BRITISH EGGS

A wonderful and affordable food, full of vital nutrients, many of which are poorly available from other food sources…

Why am I so happy to have stocked up on eggs from our local Chiltern hens (and ducks!) over the weekend?

  Eggs are a cheap source of high quality, highly digestible protein. This is especially good in senior years when it can be difficult to get enough protein in the diet and muscles become weaker (Sarcopenia). Smaller appetites at this age mean it can be hard to take on board enough food – eggs provide a nutrient rich meal. Their high protein makes them an excellent food choice for growing children too.

Tip for sports: They’re an especially good source of the amino acid Leucine, thought to help with muscle recovery by enhancing glucose utilisation by skeletal muscle.

  Eggs are only 9% fat with two thirds being unsaturated, Omega 3 oils – also present in fish. The DHA oil in Omega 3 is required for optimum brain function and vision. Additionally, recent research shows that Cholesterol present in eggs only serves to enhance our HDL or ‘good’ Cholesterol levels ( in a form which is being carried to the liver for excretion) while not increasing LDL or ‘bad’ Cholesterol (in a form which is being carried to the blood stream for uptake into tissues)

  Weight Management: Their high protein satisfies the appetite well – try poached on sourdough with mashed avocado for a very sustaining breakfast or use British asparagus – in season now – as dippers in a boiled egg.

 B Vitamins Riboflavin and Folate in eggs, are an essential part of our diet. Our ongoing UK intake survey tells us that 95% of school children have poor levels of Riboflavin, essential for iron absorption at this age and especially in teens. Folate is crucial pre-pregnancy to avoid birth defects and eggs, as well as fruit and vegetables and whole grains, are a good source.

  Vitamin D: Eggs have a trace of Vitamin D in their yolks making them one of only a few food sources to supply this vitamin, 95% of which comes from our own synthesis on exposure to the sun. Our stores are low at this time of year after a long winter. Vitamin D is required for bone health and immune function. Continuing research is suggesting it may also have a role in reducing the risk of autoimmune disease and some types of cancer.

Read more about one of Britain’s oldest family-run egg producers, Fairburn’s Eggs, here and GO CRACK AN EGG TODAY!

And as it’s Royal Wedding season, why not cook a gloriously British Victoria Sponge with some British eggs! Strawberries are in season at last, so make the most of their intense flavour, best levels of vitamins and anti-oxidants – theyre coming down in price too!

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Dr Lucy Williamson DVM Msc ANutr

 

I am a Registered Nutritionist working to inform and inspire better health for all, through good, sustainable, British food choices.

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