Protein content in chicken eggs is high and since it’s from animal source its protein quality is extremely good. High-quality protein can be referred to as all essential amino acids that our body needs. Comparing animal and plant source protein, the latter one does not contain all essential amino acids. If our body does not absorb enough essential amino acids, a negative nitrogen balance will result, leading to weight loss, stunted growth in children, and other health problems relating to protein deficiency.
Apart from protein, eggs contain essential nutrients, including choline, vitamin A, and carotenoids. Choline helps brain development and memory, and carotenoids can reduce the risk of cataracts. Thus, eggs are a very nutritious food.
We should be aware of salmonella bacteria in eggs since they are commonly related to such products. Eating eggs that are not fully cooked will increase the risk of intoxication of salmonella bacteria, the symptoms include abdominal pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. The risk of intoxication is higher in the elderly, children, pregnant women, and chronically ill persons who have low immunity. For sunny side up eggs, salad dressing, or raw eggs, we should choose eggs that are hygienic and from a credible supplier.
In summary, eggs are not only nutritious but delicious. If we pay attention to its cooking method, eggs should not affect our health.
Article written by:
Registered Dietitian Marcel Chan
Tetra Nutritional Centre