Many of us are used to eating eggs boiled, scrambled, as an omelet, fried, and even raw, but what about the eggshell? We all know eggs taste great for breakfast and even on a burger, but what most of us don’t know is that the shell is composed of 90% calcium and when you throw them out, you’re missing out.
Bone health is very important at every age, from when you’re little and your bones start developing to when you’re old and you start losing bone mass. Calcium prevents osteoporosis; it stimulates bone marrow, can regulate high cholesterol levels and makes your bones stronger.
Getting the most out of eggshells is pretty easy. Most people buy their eggs in a carton of 12, when you’re done consuming your eggs, don’t throw the eggshells away, instead save them in the carton. When you’re done, rinse them with water and remove any whites or residue from the yolk that might be stuck to the shell. Fill a pot with water and throw your eggshells in there and bring them to a boil for about 10 minutes. Then drain the shells and let them dry. Once they’re dry put them in a coffee grinder and grind your shells until they become a powder.
One teaspoon of your eggshell powder is the equivalent of 800 to 1000 milligrams of calcium. You can mix it into your smoothie or meals 3 times a day. Just don’t eat more than a teaspoon a day, one teaspoon a day should be enough to get all the calcium you need.
Eggs are a great form of protein and are filled with vitamins such as B6, vitamins A, B, D, E and K, and B12. In addition to calcium, they contain minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium, and selenium. Plus if you want to eat healthily, egg whites are low-fat, have no cholesterol and very few calories. It’s always great to know that you’re using foods to their full potential and getting the nutrients your body needs.