The Budget-Friendly Superfood That Can Help You Lose Weight

Scrambled, poached, or hard-boiled, there are so many ways to make eggs exciting to eat. One large egg clocks in at just 72 calories, but beyond the calorie count, there are so many healthy reasons you should always have a carton ready to go in your fridge.

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They're packed with protein: Doubling your protein intake can help you lose weight, and if you have a hard time eating a lot of meat, eggs are a great alternative. Just one large egg offers 6.3 grams of protein.

They can help you lose weight: Due to the fact that they're high in protein and low in carbohydrates, eating a regular egg breakfast has been linked to weight-loss results. Researchers found that subjects who ate an egg-filled breakfast were more likely to lose weight than those who started the day with a breakfast that was high in carbs.

They ease period symptoms: If you tend to feel run-down when that time of the month rolls around, eggs might help you perk up and feel more like yourself. These symptoms may be linked to an iron deficiency, and eggs are a good source of this essential mineral.

They support a healthy pregnancy: Whole eggs (with the yolk) provide choline, a long-recommended nutrient for expecting moms; high amounts of choline can support healthy growth and development and may even reduce the risk of birth defects.

They reduce your cancer risk: In one study of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that the risk of developing breast cancer was 24 percent lower among women with the highest intake of choline-rich foods (like eggs) compared to women with the lowest intake. Looks like it's time to stock up on a second carton ASAP.