5 reasons to add eggs to your diet

Whether you like yours boiled, scrambled, poached, as an omelette, or sunny side up, each small bundle is brimming with protein, vitamins, and minerals. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 21 September 2020

5 reasons to add eggs to your diet

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Often given a bad name because of their high-cholesterol content, which is not completely justified, eggs are actually one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.

Whether you like yours boiled, scrambled, poached, as an omelette, or sunny side up, each small bundle is brimming with protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Easy on the wallet and so versatile, eggs are as much at home in a salad as they are in bakes and pasta and are a health powerhouse.

Rich in high-quality protein

Eggs contain all nine of the essential amino acids. (Shutterstock)

Proteins are made up of different amino acids that are linked together. Of the 21 types that the body uses, it cannot make nine by itself, so they have to come from food.

Eggs contain all nine of these essential amino acids – which is why they are often called a high-quality or perfect protein. With about 6 grams of protein in a large egg, they also have a rich amount of protein considering their size.

Aid weight loss

At just 77 calories and virtually no carbs, eggs rate high on the satiety index which measures how much a food fills you up and stops you from feeling hungry.

Many studies have shown that eating eggs for breakfast can keep hunger at bay and lead to less calories consumed for the rest of the day.

One study revealed that people eating equal calories of eggs versus bagels for breakfast lost 65 percent more body weight and had a 34 percent greater reduction in waist circumference.

Improve cholesterol balance

Consuming eggs appears to increase good HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. (Shutterstock)

In the past, eggs were often given a bad rap for their high-cholesterol content (around 162 milligrams), however more recent research suggests that there is no link between eggs and increased risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol is essential for bodily function and we are actually able to adjust the levels we produce in relation to what amount is in our food. Consuming eggs actually appears to increase good HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and reduce levels of bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

Healthy immune system

Eggs are rich in protein, vitamin D, vitamins B2, B5, B12, vitamin E, folate, lutein, and omega-3s, all of which can play a part in boosting immunity and reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Eggs are particularly rich in selenium (22 percent of recommended daily intake), which helps to boost immunity, reduce DNA damage, and destroy cancer cells.

Promote good vision

Eggs provide a good alternative source of omega-3 fatty acids for people who do not eat oily fish (the most regular source). These omega-3s are important for helping maintain brain function and vision.

Egg yolks also contain antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the eyes from harmful sunlight and reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts – two of the leading causes of vision impairment and blindness in elderly people.

Meet the hijabi fashion blogger redefining modest style

Updated 19 October 2020

Meet the hijabi fashion blogger redefining modest style

DUBAI: With their chic, modest style and unprecedented flair for makeup, a new crop of Instagram stars are irrevocably redefining the hijab. Rana Ellithy, who recently popped up on our radar, is certainly one to watch. 

The 21-year-old became an Instagram sensation in less than a year, garnering almost 100,000 followers in mere months after uploading a styling video on Instagram in April. “I was really not expecting that video to blow up like that,” she shared with Arab News. “I did it just for fun, but I got some really positive feedback,” she added, stating that some young women even messaged her to tell her they felt inspired to wear the hijab because of her video.

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Ellithy was born in Egypt and brought up in the UK. The business consultant, who graduated last year, now splits her time between London and Cairo. It was in the former where the stylist and influencer decided to take blogging more seriously. “I was bored during quarantine in London,” she explained. “So, I started taking more pictures and videos and uploading them on Instagram.”

The stylist believes the reason that her videos and photographs were able to resonate with so many people so quickly is because of her ability to effortlessly take readily-available pieces and basics from Zara and H&M and create chic outfits that her Gen Z followers can easily reinterpret.

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“I always felt like there was a gap of modest bloggers around my age,” Ellithy shared. “Their fashion taste is very good, but it’s not personally what I would wear. I try to stick to everyday basics because that’s what girls my age like,” she said, adding that some of her go-to brands are Egyptian labels Emma, a headscarf brand, and Zoella. 

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Fortunately, Ellithy’s foray into the world of social media has been smooth, with her only obstacle being balancing her full-time corporate job with blogging. “It’s really hard to balance the two,” she admits. “There’s a lot of expectation on me to post consistently, so I try to film as much content as I can on the weekends,” she said.

However, she revealed that she will eventually pursue her love for fashion full-time and even has plans to roll-out her very own online concept that focuses on everyday basics for modest dressers.