The Power of Protein
Eggs = Protein
With 6 grams of the highest quality protein and 14 key nutrients, eggs provide the energy needed to keep you going. They are a natural choice for a healthy, active lifestyle.
Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein, because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. Amino acids are considered the "building blocks for the body" because they help form protein.
In addition to giving you energy, your body uses the protein found in eggs to:
- build and repair body tissue and cells
- grow strong hair and nails
- build and maintain healthy muscles
- help fight infections
- help keep your body fluids in balance
To maintain a healthy, balanced diet, Canada's Food Guide recommends eating 1 to 3 food guide servings of meat and alternatives every day, depending on age and gender. This should include a variety of protein sources, including meat, poultry, fish, beans and eggs.
Eggs = Protein = Lasting Energy
Protein tends to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Why?
Protein helps your body control the rate at which the energy in food (calories) is absorbed into your body. This means that including a good source of protein in your breakfast, such as eggs, can give you the energy to stay active and focused longer.
Making sure you get a wide variety of nutrients at breakfast is important. This meal gives you the energy you need to kick-start your day. But let's not forget about lunch and dinner – they are also very important to ensure that you maintain constant energy all day long.
The food you eat provides you with the energy you need to fuel your daily activities, which means that you should aim to eat at regular intervals during the day. For tips on how to choose the right foods to suit your lifestyle and tips on how to maintain energy throughout the day, check out our pages: Healthy Eating Habits and How Do Your Eating Habits Compare.
Living a healthy lifestyle starts with eating right and staying active. Eggs are a healthy addition to any meal because they are packed with protein to give you lasting energy, and vitamins and minerals to give your body the key nutrients that it needs.