The humble egg is vying to join the likes of blueberries and pomegranates on the list of so-called ‘superfoods’.

Researchers are claiming eggs should be considered a ‘superfood’ because they can boost health and help tackle obesity.

A study of 71 research papers and reference documents that examined the nutritional composition of eggs and their role in diet has been published today in the journal Nutrition & Food Science.

Despite being low in calories, eggs are a rich source of protein and nutrients considered essential for good health, particularly vitamins D, B12 and selenium.

They also contain a particularly rich mix of amino acids.

“The health benefits of eggs would appear to be so great that it’s perhaps no exaggeration to call them a superfood,” said independent dietician and lead author of the report Dr Carrie Ruxton.

“They are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available.”

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