Learn about the nutrition that eggs can offer us

Eggs are a great source of protein, vitamin D, A, B2 and iodineEggs are a good source of protein, but it's important to store, handle and prepare them properly.

Eggs are a good choice as part of a healthy, balanced diet. As well as being a source of protein, they also contain vitamins and minerals. They can be part of a healthy meal that's quick and easy to make.

However, to avoid any risk of food poisoning, it's important to store, handle and cook eggs properly. This advice especially applies to people in vulnerable groups, including the very young, the unwell, pregnant women and elderly people.

Eggs are a good source of:

  1. protein
  2. vitamin D
  3. vitamin A
  4. vitamin B2
  5. iodine

There is no recommended limit on how many eggs people should eat. But to get the nutrients you need, make sure you eat as varied a diet as possible.

The yolk makes up about 33% of the liquid weight of the egg. It contains all of the fat, slightly less than half of the protein, and most of the other nutrients. It also contains all of the choline, and one yolk contains approximately half of the recommended daily intake. Choline is an important nutrient for development of the brain, and is said to be important for pregnant and nursing women to ensure their unborn child has great brain development.
  1. Protein builds, maintains, and replaces the tissues in your body. Your muscles, your organs, and your immune system are made up mostly of protein.
  2. Vitamin D has several important roles, for example, it helps control the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body, which are needed to keep your bones and teeth healthy.
  3. Vitamin A has several important functions. These include: strengthening immunity against infections, helping vision in dim light, keeping skin and the linings of some parts of the body, such as the nose, healthy.
  4. Vitamin B2 helps protect cells from oxygen damage, support cellular energy production and maintain your supply of other B vitamins.
  5. Iodine is a mineral found in some foods. The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones. These hormones control the body's metabolism and many other important functions. The body also needs thyroid hormones for proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy.
  6. Choline keeps your cell membranes, the gates through which nutrients enter and wastes leave your cells, functioning properly. It allows your nerves to communicate with your muscles and it also reduces chronic inflammation