5 Reasons We Like The Egg (But Not As Much As Instagram Does)

mbg Contributor By Elizabeth Gerson
mbg Contributor
Elizabeth Gerson is a former mindbodygreen intern and a student at Stanford University studying Psychology and Communication with a specialization in Health & Development.

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The question of whether the chicken or the egg came first is so last year. The age-old question of 2019 (so far) is why have almost 43 million people liked a photo of a plain ole brown egg on Instagram?

Believe it or not, as of 5 p.m. this Tuesday, this photo posted by user @world_record_egg has become the most-liked Instagram post ever, which dethrones Insta-queen Kylie Jenner's pregnancy announcement by more than double (Jenner's post raked in a measly 18 million likes).

Just like many viral social media stars, the egg has come from quite a controversial past. For years, the medical community warned against overconsumption of eggs because of their supposed link with high cholesterol, particularly found in the yolk (one egg yolk contains 184 mg, which is over half of the previous federal dietary guidelines recommendation). However, new research has begun to dispel its negative reputation. These are five reasons why we're here for them:

They could lower your risk for type 2 diabetes.

If heart health isn't enough, egg consumption could be helpful for those genetically prone to type 2 diabetes, as a recent study found that eating one per day could lower your risk of developing the disease.

The study compared two groups of men: those who ate, on average, one egg per day, and those who ate about two eggs per week. After following these groups for about 19 years, researchers found that there was a correlation between lower consumption of eggs and a higher quantity of specific metabolites—a by-product of your metabolism—found in type 2 diabetes. Basically, the more eggs you ate, the fewer of these dangerous metabolites you had.

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There's no proof eggs cause heart disease.

Recent research suggests that consuming cholesterol through the diet won't actually raise cholesterol levels in the blood. In terms of eggs and heart health, a comprehensive study with about 40,000 men and 80,000 women found no link between regular egg consumption and increased risk of heart disease. Studies like this were even enough to make the U.S. government retract its advisory against eating too many yolks. Kiss those egg-white-only omelets goodbye.

They're packed with important vitamins.

A single egg contains trace amounts of every vitamin and mineral necessary to function (primarily contained in the yolk) but also packs an especially powerful punch when it comes to a few key players. One egg contains 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B2, 9 percent of B12, and 7 percent of B5, for example. It also contains 22 percent of the recommended daily allowance of selenium, a mineral that helps support thyroid and metabolism function.

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They're a stellar source of fat.

By macronutrient breakdown, eggs are 3 percent carbs, 35 percent protein, and 62 percent fat. More and more diets cropping up are advising us to eat a lot more healthy fats, such as the Mediterranean diet, which consists of foods like fish, olive oil, and vegetables, or the keto diet, which consists of foods like nuts, grass-fed butter, and avocado. High-fat diets can improve brain health, aid in weight loss, and help build muscle, and eggs can be a simple way to reap these benefits.

There's way more to them than just their sunny side.

So eggs have come a long way since their disparaged reputation, and you're looking to include more eggs in your diet. Does the thought of one egg a day sound a bit mundane? The possibilities with eggs can go far beyond simply hard-boiled. Try them Bloody Mary style or even mixed into oatmeal for a break from the traditional scramble. By incorporating a few of these recipes into your diet, you can utilize eggs as a simple—and delicious—way to stay healthy.

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