Quick! When I say "breakfast" what do you picture? Did you think eggs? So did we. And so did a lot of people. That's because eggs have been a breakfast staple for centuries—and it's not just because they were conveniently found on farms.

Eggs are a fantastic source of many essential nutrients.

"Egg whites are an incredible vegetarian source of protein and the yolks are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, B12, Selenium, Choline (important in cell structure + function) and lutein/zeaxanthin (both of which promote eye health)," says registered dietitian Lindsay Wengler, MS, RD, CDN of Olive Branch Nutrition. Wengler also notes that eggs may have been given a bad rap for their cholesterol levels in the past, but we now know that "eating them does not raise cholesterol as previously thought." (Related: 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.)

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