In Canada, 1.6 million people are living with heart disease and stroke—yet nearly 80 per cent of premature heart disease is preventable.1 Healthy habits, such as leading an active lifestyle and keeping a balanced diet, support heart health and help prevent stroke and cardiac illness.
As a source of essential vitamins and nutrients, eggs serve as the perfect foundation of a healthy diet for people of all ages. Eggs are an accessible and versatile option that provide many nutritional benefits.
That’s why we’re excited to partner with Heart & Stroke™, a Canadian organization that has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke for more than 60 years, to share the benefits of eggs as part of a healthy diet.
Eggs play an important role in a healthy diet
Canada’s Food Guide recommends filling one half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with whole grains, and the remaining one quarter with protein. As the gold standard in protein quality, eggs are an ideal food for the protein portion of meals.
There are an impressive 13 grams of high-quality protein in a serving of two large eggs, and they are a whole and unprocessed food. Eggs also contain important nutrients such as vitamin A, D, E, B12, folate, iron and zinc.
Be sure to eat the whole egg—almost half of the protein, and most of the nutrients, are found in the yolk!
Eggs can be cooked in many ways for a delicious meal or snack
Enjoying the heart-healthy benefits of eggs can be easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. Hardboiled eggs can be kept in the fridge for up to seven days and are a nutritious snack to enjoy on the go. Pairing eggs with fresh vegetables helps the body increase the nutrients it absorbs, so consider refrigerating hardboiled eggs with cut vegetables for a quick snack that packs a nutritious punch. You can also add vegetables to egg-based recipes such as quiches, frittatas and omelettes for delicious meals that can be cooked once, refrigerated and enjoyed later.
Eggs are a nutritious, delicious and convenient way to add essential nutrients to your diet and to help you improve overall health. To learn more about eggs and heart health, check out our infographic developed in collaboration with Heart & Stroke. Or, get inspired by these five tasty and healthy ways to enjoy #EggsAnytime.