Health Fitness Articles
You Don't Eat Egg Yolks?
Good, now that I have your attention. Yes, I have
exaggerated the title of this article to get your attention. You are reading
this article is that because you are probably one of those health enthusiasts
who discard egg yolks and eat only egg whites. Yes, although egg white is not
actually bad for your health, it is far inferior to egg yolk in terms of
providing you with essential nutrition.
most if not all health magazines and books claim that the humble egg yolk
packs a nasty amount of fat and cholesterol but they rarely ever tell you that
that is where almost all the nutrition in an egg is. Before you howl in
violent protest to me for going against "conventional wisdom" of not eating
egg yolks, let us explore some facts first.
Egg Yolk Vs Egg White
By discarding the yolk and only eating only egg
white of an egg, you are in effect chucking away the most nutritionally dense,
antioxidant-rich, vitamin and mineral part of the egg. The yolks contain so
many B-vitamins, trace minerals, vitamin A, folate, choline, lutein and other
excellent nutrients that it is such a pity that you do not eat egg yolks.
contrast, egg whites are almost devoid of nutrition when compared to the yolk.
Ya, I heard you say that you are consuming the egg white for its protein to
preserve and build your
muscles. But do you know that the protein in egg whites are not as
formidable without the yolks to balance out the amino acid profile and make
the protein more bio-available and therefore more muscle friendly?
not many people know that the egg yolks from free running chickens (instead of
caged chickens in factory chicken farms) are loaded with chock full of omega-3
fatty acids. This may shock you further. Egg yolk have more than 90% of the
calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, B12 and panthothenic
acid in an egg.
In addition, the humble yolk also contains
all of the fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, and K as well as all
of the essential fatty acids. This means that you are discarding more than 90%
of the nutritional goodness an egg can provide you with. Isn't that such a
Ok, I heard you say that consuming
egg yolks will shoot your cholesterol level through the roof. You know what?
That is simply not true!
Let me explain. Firstly, when you
consume food with high cholesterol such as eggs, your body naturally produces
less cholesterol to balance out the equation. However, if you don't consume
enough cholesterol, your body will produce more because cholesterol has a few
Initial studies are even showing
evidence that eating whole eggs actually raises your good cholesterol (HDL) to
a higher level than bad cholesterol (LDL) this will improve your overall
cholesterol ratio and blood chemistry. Surprised?
So next time your gym
instructors tell you that egg whites are superior to egg yolks, you can
smugly ask them why and see if they can explain it convincingly to you.
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