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Eggs Can Fulfill Your Vitamin D Needs

New research has found that eggs contain much more vitamin D than they did 30 years ago. In fact, one medium sized egg can provide 66% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin D.

Over the course of four years, researchers in the United Kingdom examined 3,000 eggs from caged and free-range chickens. They found that the vitamin D content of eggs was actually 70% higher than the levels found in research conducted 30 years ago. They also found that the selenium levels of eggs had doubled and that eggs have 20% less fat, more than 20% less saturated fat and 13% fewer calories.

The changes in the nutritional values of eggs is believed to be a result of improvements to hen feed and an increase in the ratio of egg white and egg yolk in an average egg.

Eggs were previously thought to raise cholesterol, but since the discovery of “good” (HDL) cholesterol and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, it has been shown that eggs contribute to good not bad cholesterol.

The study was conducted by researchers with the UKFoodComp, which includes a partnership between the British Nutrition Foundation, Royal Society of Chemistry, Laboratory of the Government Chemist and Eurofins Laboratories. It was released on the British Egg Industry Council website on July 18, 2012.

The simplest option for adding more eggs to your diet would be eating them for breakfast. Be careful how you cook your eggs though. Adding unhealthy ingredients to them may negate some of the positive health benefits.

Another healthy option is to add sliced boiled eggs to dishes such as a green salad or low-fat quiche.

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