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Eggs are one of nature's most nutritious foods. One large egg contains only 71 calories and an incredible amount of nutrition.

Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue. Muscles, organs, skin, hair as well as antibodies, enzymes, and hormones are all made from protein. Protein is composed of 20 different amino acids. Nine amino acids cannot be made by the body. These nine are known as essential amino acids and must come from food.

Foods that contain all nine essential amino acids are called "complete protein" foods. Eggs contain all nine essential amino acids making them an excellent source of high quality protein.

Scientists frequently use eggs as a standard for measuring the protein quality of other foods.

Protein quality is expressed as biological value which measures the rate of efficiency that protein is used for growth. At 93.7% eggs score higher than any other food.


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