Here's Why Eggs Are Called The "Perfect Protein"

Thanks to their accessibility and versatile nature, eggs are one of the most beloved foods on the planet, according to Insider. They are found in breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, and are one of the few foods that you can eat at any time of day. Whether you prefer yours scrambled, sunny-side up, poached, or however else you grew up cooking them, they are a staple in kitchens worldwide.

Protein-rich foods in general are good for your body for multiple reasons. They can boost your metabolism and help your body burn off fat, according to Eat This, Not That! When it comes to eggs specifically, these protein-packed powerhouses bring many essential nutrients that people don't eat enough of regularly, reports Food Network. These details make it obvious why eggs are known as the "perfect protein," and it's worth being aware of the specific vitamins, minerals, and health benefits they bring to the (dining room) table.

Eggs offer protein, vitamins, and more

This "perfect protein" gives a lot for a relatively low price tag. Food Network says eggs provide all nine of the essential amino acids your body needs, while also throwing in some vitamin A and D. They even provide selenium, vitamin B6, B12, zinc, iron, and copper, according to BBC Good Food.

BBC Good Food explains that while egg whites are somewhat healthier for you than the yolk, both are still loaded with protein. Half the protein is in the egg white and the rest in the yolk, add them together and you get a match made in heaven. Even though the yolk does contain more fat, it adds those needed A, D, E, and K vitamins, plus healthy fats are good for you.

Fat and calories can all vary depending on the size of the egg, as they range from small, medium, and large (via Eat This, Not That!). On average, though, there are about 72 to 80 calories and 6 to 8 grams of protein in one large whole egg. An average adult should eat anywhere from 46 to 56 grams of protein daily, so having breakfast with a yummy egg or two is a good start to a healthy day (via Healthline) or you can even eat an egg-based dish at night for a nutritious boost.