TURLOCK, Calif., Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- If your new year's resolution includes eating healthy, losing weight and living more sustainably, the egg is the perfect food for you in 2015. Gemperle Farms is promoting the egg as the ultimate New Year's resolution superfood in 2015.
"Eggs are pure, natural goodness. Not only are they nutritious, environmentally friendly, and easy and quick to cook, but they are also affordable. Gemperle Family Farms has always believed in the pure goodness of the egg," Gemperle Family Farms President Steve Gemperle said. "It's one of the most nutritious, natural foods you can feed your family."
A superfood is a nutrient-rich food that is beneficial to health and well-being. The Gemperle egg's superpower lies in its essential nutrients. The egg boasts many of the vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to perform at optimal levels. Eggs are one of the few foods to naturally contain vitamin D, and they come packed with lutein and zeaxanthin. Research shows these antioxidants can help reduce the risks of several common eye disorders.
Eggs are a rich source of choline, an essential nutrient that helps regulate brain function. This key nutrient helps relay messages from the brain to the muscles. Other nutrients within the yolk include zinc, vitamin B complex group, vitamin A, iron and other essential nutrients.
Gemperle Farms eggs support weight loss because this low-calorie food packs 6.3 grams of protein and essential amino acids in only 72 calories. This protein punch helps build bone, muscle, skin and blood, and repairs body tissue. According to a study conducted by the International Journal of Obesity, eating eggs for breakfast promotes weight loss when combined with a lower calorie diet.
Thanks to all of those nutrients, vitamins and minerals, Gemperle eggs keep brains revved all day. This is particularly crucial for schoolchildren. According to Harvard University, well-nourished students score higher in math, reading and standardized tests and experience fewer discipline problems and absentees.
Eggs are also kinder on the environment and help us live more lightly on the earth. Eggs have one of the lowest carbon footprints of all animal protein. According to a February 2014 study published by Poultry Science, while US egg production increased from 1960 to 2010, its environmental footprint lessened. Over those decades, the egg industry emitted 71 percent lower greenhouse gases and used 32 percent less water and 27 percent less feed. Continuing this trend is important to Gemperle Farms, where the entire company strives for environmental efficiencies and sustainable practices.
"We are always looking at ways to improve," Gemperle said. "Every little bit counts. We aim to reduce water usage, seek out better quality feed, ensure all our manure is used as natural fertilizer at nearby farms, and provide energy efficient housing to our hens."
Being the ultimate superfood means that an egg's power extends past the kitchen. The Gemperle egg hides several beauty secrets within its shell. Its proteins promote collagen and elastin fibers, and many believe its lecithin can help slow the aging process. Finally, an egg's high sulfur content, vitamins and minerals promote healthy hair, nails and skin. Try using a Gemperle egg in a do-it-yourself facial or hair conditioner for an inexpensive way to make your skin and hair shine.
Fortunately, this powerhouse doesn't break the bank. Eggs are one of the least expensive animal proteins. So including eggs in your weekly shopping budget is good for you and your pocketbook.
No one wants to constantly eat the same food. Luckily, the Gemperle egg is versatile. Through baking, poaching, frying, hard-boiling and blending, eggs can be used differently in every meal. Time equals money and making a healthy egg-based, protein-packed recipe takes only minutes. It doesn't take a chef to whip together a fancy meal; these are easy dishes that even a beginner cook can tackle.
"To get even more ideas on ways to use the versatile egg and how to incorporate it in to your new year's resolution, we encourage folks to go to the Egg Nutrition Center website and the American Egg Board incredible egg website for more egg health and nutritional research, recipes and egg facts," Gemperle said.
About Gemperle Family Farms
Gemperle Family Farms produce all varieties of eggs including enriched colony barn and specialty eggs such as browns, organic, cage free, omega 3 and cage free fertile. All of our eggs are produced without hormones and antibiotics – the natural way that eggs should be produced. Additionally, Gemperle Family Farms donates over 500,000 eggs each year to free lunch programs, donations and food banks with a portion designated for children's breakfast programs. For more recipes and egg information visit the Gemperle Farms at www.gemperle.com.
Susan Gemperle Abdo
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