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Egg Yolks Friend or Foe?

Most of us have heard that we should avoid EGG YOLKS at all costs, we've been taught that they cause high cholesterol, contain more calories, may exacerbate allergies and if we consume undercook egg yolks we are at risk of Salmonella. Now while I am a strong believer of the latter two, I've found the myth about high cholesterol and weight gain aren't totally true.

Egg yolks bad rep has led to egg whites becoming a popular go-to for health-conscious folks. While egg whites are lower in calories, they also offer less protein than a whole egg.

It's also safe to say that when you remove the yolks you also remove really important nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, and choline, an essential nutrient for brain function. The yolk also contains carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are important for eye health and need the fat found in the yolk for optimal absorption. You can always supplement those nutrients with a MultiVitamin or supplements but that will require you to be even more proactive with your nutrition efforts.

Here's what you should know about egg yolks:

  1. Egg Yolks are Nutrient-Rich: Egg yolks are packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins (A, D, E, K), minerals (phosphorus, iron), and antioxidants. They are also a good source of B vitamins like B12, riboflavin, and folate.

  2. Egg Yolks High-Quality Protein: Egg yolks contain high-quality protein, making them a valuable part of a balanced diet. They provide all the essential amino acids your body needs.

  3. Egg Yolks are full of Choline: Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, a nutrient important for brain health, memory, and liver function.

  4. Egg Yolks are full Lutein and Zeaxanthin: These antioxidants are found in egg yolks and are known to support eye health, reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

  5. Egg Yolks are a Healthy Fats: Egg yolks contain healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. They can contribute to overall heart health.

  6. Egg Yolks add Flavor and Texture: Egg yolks add a rich and creamy texture to dishes and contribute to the flavor of many recipes.

Seek medical guidance and consult with your healthcare provider before you cut out egg yolks or start consuming egg yolks. For some of us the pros outweigh the cons of egg yolks. While others who have a hard time controlling their cholesterol and have higher body mass index should be cautious. You'll want to consider your individual's dietary needs, preferences, and current health status.

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