What comes to mind?
In reality, when making eggs, many throw away the egg yolk and make egg whites, but truly, if you’re going to throw out anything, it”s actually the white, because the actually nutrition is in the middle.
I am guilty too, don’t worry. For the longest time, I have been minimising my yolk intake drastically to stay away from the demons I believed the Yolks had but boy was I ever wrong. That is not to say I will be abusing egg yolks from hereon, I mean all healthy things in fair consumption make sense.
Eliminating egg yolks from your diet for fear of fat and cholesterol is actually depriving your body of important nutrition, and these will come to light throughout this article.
Here you are, the FACTS:
1. They have so many Vitamins and Minerals!
|3 Egg yolks contain… (%DV)*||3 egg whites contain…(%DV)|
|Thiamin (Vitamin B1)||6%||0|
|Riboflavin (Vitamin B3)||15%||27%|
|Folate (Vitamin B9)||18%||0|
|Choline||348 mg||1.2 mg|
Reference: An egg yolk a day keeps the doctor away
2. They have phospholipids, which is a type of fat important for building cell membranes, and promoting cardiovascular health, metabolic health, as well as memory and cognitive function.
3. They have Antioxidants
4. Egg yolks have Carotenoids, showing promise for promoting eye health, lowering the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts and other eye diseases.
Reference: What are the Benefits of Egg Yolks?
Be careful, that is not to say egg whites are not good for you, they are filled with Protein, but that pretty much all they are, compared to their counterpart.
Now for the Top Ten Proven Health Benefits of Eggs according to Authority Nutrition:
Whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient we need. Omega-3 enriched and/or pastured eggs are even healthier.
Eggs are high in cholesterol, but eating eggs does not have adverse effects on cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people.
Egg consumption consistently leads to elevated levels of HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, which is linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.
Eggs are among the best dietary sources of choline, a nutrient that is incredibly important but most people aren’t getting enough of.
Egg consumption appears to change the pattern of LDL particles from small, dense LDL (bad) to large LDL, which is linked to a reduced heart disease risk.
The antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin are very important for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Eggs are high in both of them.
Omega-3 enriched and pastured eggs contain significant amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating these types of eggs is an effective way to reduce blood triglycerides.
Eggs are fairly high in quality animal protein and contain all the essential amino acids that humans need.
Many studies have looked at egg consumption and the risk of heart disease and found no association. However, some studies have found an increased risk in people with type 2 diabetes.
Eggs are highly fulfilling and tend to make you eat fewer calories, helping you to lose weight
SO, Bottom line…
DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR EGG YOLK AND SIMPLY EAT THE EGG WHITES, DON’T MISS OUT!