By Mary Toscano, BDO Nutritionist

Eggs. You can have the scrambled, boiled, over easy, over hard, whatever way you like, but how do they affect your body. We do know that every food you eat affects your body in some way, but what about the “incredible, edible egg?”

Boosts your immune system

If you don’t want to play chicken with infections, viruses and diseases, add an egg or two to your diet daily. Just one large egg contains almost a quarter (22%) of your RDA of selenium, a nutrient that helps support your immune system and regulate thyroid hormones. Kids should eat eggs, especially.

Lowers Your Cholesterol Contrary to previous beliefs, eggs have been found to not increase risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, they might actually decrease your risk. LDL cholesterol became known as “bad” cholesterol because LDL particles transport their fat molecules into artery walls, and drive atherosclerosis: basically, clogging up the arteries. Eating eggs leads to elevated levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as the “good” cholesterol. People who have higher HDL levels have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and other health issues.

Eggs are rich in B vitamins including, vitamin B12, B5, biotin, riboflavin, thiamine and selenium. All these vitamins are great for maintaining your hair, skin and nails.

When you’re shopping for eggs, pay attention to the labels. You should be buying organic, when possible. These are certified by the USDA and are free from antibiotics, vaccines and hormones.