Benefits Of Eggnog You Never Expected

You can find two types of people at the holiday party — the eggnog connoisseur and the one wondering if there are actual eggs in eggnog. If you fall into the latter category, there are some good reasons you may want to give the festive favorite a fair shot (and it's not just the rum). Typically made with eggs, alcohol, and cream, eggnog recipes can vary from super spiked to kid-friendly lattes, but no matter the flavor, most nog has nutritional values you may not have known about.

One cup of eggnog packs a potassium punch, over 400 milligrams, and that's important as potassium can assist in fluid and blood pressure regulation, nerve signaling, and muscle contractions (per Healthline). RDN Ginger Hultin tells Bustle that you can also enjoy a third of your daily dose of calcium, vitamins B12, B2, and A, along with iron. It's the cream and egg combo that offers up these vitamins, so if you use non-dairy milk for your creation, the benefits will differ.

More reasons to enjoy eggnog

It's not typical that you'd think about antioxidants when downing a thick and creamy (and possibly alcoholic) beverage, but here is why you should be. Research shows that the spices nutmeg and cinnamon, commonly found in eggnog recipes, contain antioxidants which have been associated with improving memory, reducing stress, slowing cognitive decline, and providing anti-inflammatory properties (via Harvard Health Publishing). 

Proving to be much more than a mug of merriment, a cup of eggnog contains between 10 and 12 grams of protein, which may not be a lot, but it does count toward your daily intake. According to VerywellFit, everyone needs a different amount of protein depending on their lifestyle and lean body mass. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues, transporting nutrients, and assisting with fluid balance, another reason you can easily enjoy your eggnog — in moderation of course.