Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I'd like to start out with a disclaimer, not everyone will be able to eat eggs because of allergies or possibly being certain degrees of vegetarian.
The egg. It's a great source of protein. It has some vitamin D included in it's contents. There are a ton of different ways to incorporate it into your diet.
There seems to be an impasse about eating the whole contents though. I keep hearing about just eat the whites from many nutrition shows on the morning news and talk circuits. For two large egg whites, you could have easily just had one large egg. I will admit that 2 whites will only cost you 34 calories, while one whole egg will cost you 72 calories. Is that really that big of a difference in your whole day though? For that 38 more calories (one full egg vs two whites) there are a ton of nutrition you're missing!
So you're not having as much cholesterol in your diet by eliminating the yolk, but what else are you missing? You get 25 mcg of folate in a yolk, only 1 in a white. You get 37 IU of vitamin D in a yolk, the white gives you none. One yolk gives you 245 IU's of vitamin A, .44 mg vitamin E, .46 mg of iron, and 22 mg of calcium. The white gives you little to none of those nutrients. the only things the white has more of than the yolk is sodium, potassium and a slight amount of protein.
So why would you want to eliminate all those great nutrients for a little cholesterol and a minor amount of calories? The yolk is not evil, it's a package of great things for you! Go enjoy the entire egg and gain a ton of nutrients from the yellow part of it.
My source for these statistics here: www.incredibleegg.org/he