Eggs. An eggscellent food for pregnant (and postnatal) women!
We’re talking about ACTUAL eggs here, not the chocolate variety that we have in abundance at this time of the year. Read our ten facts about eggs and why they should be regularly included in your pregnancy diet. Yup…they’re eggstremely good for you!
- Eggs are packed with essential nutrients for pregnant women. A single egg contains around 77 calories, 7.5 g of protein and a generous supply of minerals and vitamins. In fact egg yolks dish up Vitamins A, D, E and K, whilst the whites are rich in Vitamin D, B6, B12 as well as zinc, iron and copper.
- Eggs also contain all nine essential amino acids, the ones that we’re not able to synthesise in our bodies and have to obtain from our diet. We’re talking high-quality protein here, with all the amino acids in the right ratios.
- But that’s not all! Eggs are rich in choline, which is essential during pregnancy for normal brain development. Keep eating them when you’re breast-feeding too. One large egg contains 113mg of choline.
- The Vitamin D in eggs will help to protect your bones part of your pregnancy diet. We need Vitamin D to help absorb calcium, essential for strong bone development in your baby and to help prevent you suffering from weakened bones later in life.
- Are eggs safe for pregnant women? There were some concerns around whether eggs were safe for pregnant women to eat. The main safety concern was around salmonella poisoning from eating runny or raw eggs – however the good news is the Food Standards Agency recently changed their guidelines, saying it’s perfectly safe for pregnant women to eat eggs. Eggscellent news!
- Eggs are readily available and inexpensive – if you can choose eggs from free range chickens it’s always preferable. Check the contents of the box before you buy them and avoid eggs with cracks.
- Can you give eggs to babies? Most sources agree that you can feed babies eggs from about six months onwards – it’s an easy, nutritional choice when they start transitioning to solid food.
- Aren’t eggs high in cholesterol? Yes, it’s true, eggs are high in cholesterol. However, research has shown that eating cholesterol-rich foods doesn’t mean it will increase the level of cholesterol in your blood. It’s saturated fat that will clog up your arteries. Find out more about good and bad fats in your pregnancy diet here.
- Brown or white – is there a difference? Only in the colour of the shell! In general, white chickens lay white eggs and brown chickens lay brown eggs – but they both taste the same and both have the same nutritional benefits.
- Bored with boiled? There’s so much you can do with an egg! Add pzazz and nutrition to your pregnancy diet and whip up a spinach soufflé, bake your eggs with courgettes or cook them into a quiche.