You may notice that in coffee shops, the usual Singapore-style breakfast includes a cup of kopi, some kaya toast, and a soft-boiled egg. But more than a delicious-looking addition to breakfast, eggs are among the most nutritious food in the world. Here, then are some of the health benefits we get from eating eggs.

1. The case of cholesterol

It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol. One whole egg contains 212 mg of cholesterol, more than half of the recommended daily intake that is 300 mg. Because of this, eggs have earned a bad reputation since the 1990’s. Later on, though, it has been found that the high cholesterol from eggs did not necessarily increase cholesterol in the blood. Plus, eating eggs is also a great way to increase good cholesterol.

2. Reduces the risk of heart disease

In relation to the point above, we should recognize that consuming food high in saturated fat and trans fatty acids can have more detrimental effects to the heart compared to the cholesterol in our diet. Additionally, eggs contain a good amount of selenium which functions as an anti-inflammatory to reduce the risk of cardiac arrest and heart disease. Also, bad cholesterol comes as small and dense particles. Consuming an egg actually changes those particles to larger LDL, which is basically related to lower risk of heart disease.

3. Contains quality protein

You may have heard of some bodybuilders consuming 2-6 raw eggs a day, and for good reason. Eggs are not only high in quality protein, but they also contain the right ratios of amino acids essential to the body.  Proteins are typically the building blocks of the human body. They are used in muscle growth and repair, and also produce tissues and molecules for other functional purposes in the body. In the case of bodybuilders though, it is still recommended to cook the eggs, not only for safety but also because the heat will allow the protein to be more easily digestible.

4. Choline

Is it the first time you’ve heard about this? Don’t worry a lot of people don’t know it too, but choline is actually an essential nutrient for brain development, muscle control, and nerve and memory function. Because of the lack of knowledge about it, most people don’t get enough of such an important nutrient. Fortunately, eggs are great sources of choline.

5. Protect the eyes

Many people don’t expect it, but eggs also have benefits to our eyes. The egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin which are nutrients that slow the age-related degeneration of our eyesight. They are anti-oxidants that stay in the retina to protect the eyes against harmful wavelengths of light, like those in our smartphone, computer, and TV screens.