I recently posted on my Facebook page for people to let me know nutrition questions they want answered.
One of the questions I received was:
Should I eat the whole egg or just the egg whites?
Eggs are a nutritious food and are full of important nutrients. One large egg (including the yolk and the white) contains 72 calories, 6 grams of protein, 186 mg of cholesterol and is packed with vitamins and minerals. A lot of the vitamins and minerals in eggs are found in the yolk.
Some of these powerhouse nutrients include:
vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, B6, choline, and selenium
Since these vitamins and minerals are found in the yolk, you will not reap the benefits by only eating the whites.
What about the cholesterol content of egg yolks?
The cholesterol content of eggs has given them a bad reputation. This has lead to people questioning if they are a healthy choice. People choose to only eat the egg whites thinking they are eating “healthier” since cholesterol is found in the yolks.
Although eggs are high in cholesterol, the cholesterol in the food we eat does not necessarily impact the cholesterol levels in our blood. Our blood cholesterol levels are impacted more by saturated and trans fats found in foods. Having a side of bacon or a croissant with your eggs will have a larger impact on your cholesterol levels than the eggs themselves.
Remember, when it comes to blood cholesterol levels, dietary cholesterol will have less of an impact then saturated and trans fats.
How do I like my eggs?
I personally eat the whole egg to reap all of the EGGcelent nutritional benefits eggs have to offer!
My favorite way to make eggs is:
A 2 egg omelet with any vegetable medley, brie cheese and a sweet potato on the side! A weird fact about how I like my eggs is that I like a little jam on them!