While everyone knows that eggs are pretty healthy, many don’t know all the details about how nutritionally dense eggs really are. Because May is National Egg Month, there’s no better time to learn more about how amazing eggs really are. As one of nature’s superfoods, eggs are ideal for seniors to include in their daily diet. Not only do eggs have multiple vitamins and minerals, but they are a top source of protein. Affordable and versatile, eggs remain one of nature’s most perfect foods.
Anyone involved in elderly care for an aging loved one should take every opportunity to include eggs with their daily food intake. Here’s a list of pros and cons for seniors when it comes to eating more eggs.
Pros of Eating Eggs
- Eggs contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals that seniors need to slow down the effects of aging. Some of these nutrients include iron, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, phosphorus and zinc, just to name a few.
- One egg contains 6 grams of protein, which helps seniors feel fuller and helps build muscle mass. The protein is considered high quality which is best for the body.
- Eggs are easy to chew and swallow, actions that many seniors struggle to do as a result of dentures, strokes, and other chronic conditions.
- There’s no end to the number of ways that eggs can be prepared, whether as a main dish, side dish, snack or dessert. Recipes are abundant so anyone involved with elder care can create a variety of meals that don’t seem repetitive or boring.
- Seniors can definitely afford eggs on a fixed income because they are quite inexpensive, averaging about 20 cents per egg. It’s one of the most affordable sources of protein on the market.
Cons of Eating Eggs
- Seniors should steer clear of egg dishes with runny yolks because of the increased risk of food-borne illnesses that they have a difficult time resisting because of a less efficient immune system.
- Late onset food allergies toward eggs can affect seniors, even if they have never experienced problems with eggs before. Seniors with food allergies are at a higher risk of severe allergy symptoms like stomach cramps, nausea, coughing, skin rashes or swelling of the throat and tongue.
- Too many seniors believe that eggs will increase cholesterol in the body, despite several years of research proving otherwise. It may be difficult to convince seniors that are set in their ways that it’s perfectly fine to eat eggs.
Family caregivers can easily see that the pros of eating eggs for seniors definitely outweigh the cons. In fact, unless there is a medical reason like an allergy or another medical condition that prevents it, eating eggs is a smart and health-conscious part of an elderly care meal plan. Once family caregivers and their elderly loved ones get past the idea that eggs are just for breakfast, a whole new culinary world can open up for them. There’s no doubt that including more affordable, disease-preventing, heart-healthy eggs in a loved one’s diet is a fine way to boost health and wellness.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in New Milford, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.