There is so much confusion out there about foods. What is bad? That changes daily, I am as confused as the rest of you. I was making my lunch today, I have whole eggs in my fridge and egg whites in a carton. I was trying to decide which one to use in the omelet I was making. I would normally forgo the whole eggs and just add the whites. I miss the yolks! Is it really that bad for me? I used 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites in the end. Are whole eggs bad for us?
Over the years there has been so much propaganda against eggs. The truth is eggs are one of the healthiest food that you can eat. I have always heard about the amount of cholesterol in eggs and that is what makes them bad. Like a lot of people I just left it like that. People say eggs are bad so they must be. The more I have been learning about my health I have also been learning to ask my questions. Only I am responsible for my health, since I have decided that I have been doing a lot more of my own research on the things “they” say.
So eggs have cholesterol in them. They have more cholesterol than most foods. However, it has been proven, time and time again, that eggs and dietary cholesterol do NOT adversely affect cholesterol levels in the blood. This is where it gets interesting, eggs actually raise the good cholesterol! This year there was 17 studies on eggs and health done. The results were great news for those of us missing the yolks in our eggs. It turns out whole eggs have no association with heart disease or strokes in those of us that are healthy!
On to the good stuff! Eggs are loaded with high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats and various trace nutrients. Rich in iron, phosphorous, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5 (among others). Something else that is awesome about eggs, they are 77 calories, with 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein with all 9 essential amino acids! For someone like me that is obsessed with food journals this is a good thing!
Going forward I will be eating the yolks! The yolk actually carries most of the nutrients in the egg! What are your thoughts on whole eggs?