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Why Should You Hold On To Those Egg Yolks?

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Ever since the yo – yo dieting trends started to take hold back in the 80’s, eggs have gotten a bad rap as being an unhealthy food. Well, now you’re going to get the truth. Eggs are actually one of nature’s perfect foods that give you all kinds of great nutrients all conveniently packaged in a low – glycemic, easy to fix food. Ironically, most of those nutrients are in the part of the egg most of you have been throwing away – the yolk. Here’s what you’ve been missing.

– Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
– B – vitamins.
– Lots of choline! “What the heck is choline, you ask?”

Unofficiall, Choline is part of the B-vitamin complex, and is a necessary nutrient that our bodies need, but don’t produce enough of on their own. Choline serves many important functions within the body, such as integral component of all cells; an important component of methylation, which aids in building DNA, communication between neurons in the brain, and supporting the process of detoxification within the liver; and is crucial for activity within the nervous system. Don’t worry, if you’re allergic or have intolerance to eggs, there are plenty of other great sources for choline like: shrimp, salmon, chicken, turkey, cod, and collard greens.

– High in Omega – 3 fatty acids.
– Iron, Zinc and Manganese.
– Good source of monosaturated fat (2g), this is the good fat that your body needs.
– Saturated fat (1.6g), this fat isn’t as good as mono-, but it’s not bad either, because it hasn’t been damaged by oxidation.
– Small amounts of polyunsaturated fat (.70g), this one you can avoid as much as possible.

One reason many people freak out over eggs is because the cholesterol “number” is so high, and most of it is concentrated in the yolk – the best part, by the way! If only they knew the facts about cholesterol. The cholesterol in eggs is dietary cholesterol, which means it’s good for you – your body needs it and can use it. For many years egg cholesterol was made out to be the bad guy / girl and associated with low – density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, the dietary cholesterol from eggs has been found to increase the “good” cholesterol called high – density lipoprotein or (HDL). In fact, eating whole eggs is more nutritious and healthier for you compared to eating egg substitutes according to one study. To take this one step further, just too clear up some myths about LDL cholesterol, these numbers cannot be interpreted on their own, they must be considered in ratios to one another; and most importantly, the LDL number on your cholesterol panel must be further analyzed in terms of particle size.

If you have a high LDL number it doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. It’s only bad if the particle size is small, which means it can penetrate the arterial walls and cause plaque to build – up. On the other hand, if the particle size is large, that’s good, because it won’t be able to pass through the wall. Unfortunately, too many doctors don’t order the right blood work, and fail to interpret blood chemistry within the framework of “optimal health” ranges.

The Whites

Eggs are a great source of protein (6g), which is mainly concentrated in the egg whites. 2 eggs provide the same amount of protein as 100g of meat or fish.

-Good source of selenium.
-Low in carbs, only about 2g (entire egg).

In Chinese medicine, cooked eggs are warm in nature with a sweet flavor. The nutritional value of the egg white is associated with benefiting the lungs, while the egg yolk benefits the heart and the kidneys. They have a nourishing effect by supplementing the Qi and blood, nourishing yin, have the ability to calm the fetus in pregnant women, moisten the lungs, and clear lung heat.

Eggs are considered a preferred food for the elderly due to their nourishing effects, and are generally used to treat patterns of deficiency. Some of the indications are: fatigue, weakness, malnutrition, insomnia, red eyes, heart palpitations sore throat, dry cough, etc. 

Eggs are awesome and they’re full of nutrients that you need, they’re economical, easy to cook, you can prepare them a millions different ways, and should definitely be a regular part of your diet. Buy Grade AA (tend to have a longer shelf life), and try to buy from a local farmer if possible. Also, make sure they don’t use antibiotics or steroids; that they don’t feed their chickens corn (GMO), and they allow them to roam freely.

Don’t pay much attention to the USDA stamp, they’re just another useless government agency that fails to do their job; in this case, regulating labels, expiration dates, quality and farm conditions. The best thing you can do is investigate the farm you purchase from, to insure a high quality product.

 

 

Scott Stewart

Scott is a licensed & board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncture specialist who believes in treating the whole person (body, mind, and spirit). He achieves this through an integrative approach that combines Eastern & Functional medicine, both of which focus on exposing the root of disease. His ultimate goal for patients is to have the ability to make healthier choices, in order to support their improved quality of life.

Scott Stewart

Scott is a licensed & board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncture specialist who believes in treating the whole person (body, mind, and spirit). He achieves this through an integrative approach that combines Eastern & Functional medicine, both of which focus on exposing the root of disease. His ultimate goal for patients is to have the ability to make healthier choices, in order to support their improved quality of life.

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Cheng Hui Lim
Cheng Hui Lim 5pts

taufu egg and tauki can replace true egg protein and have good colesterol from soy?

Michael Bartos
Michael Bartos 5pts

Most cholesterol in your blood is not from cholesterol in food since you can absorb only 50 mcg per day.

Bob Alig
Bob Alig 5pts

Been eating eggs about 3 times a week for years. Cholesterol is fine.

Kubin Govindsamy
Kubin Govindsamy 5pts

Egg yolk are good for you, provided they are not cooked, once cooked it turns into cholesterol

Paras Ahluwalia
Paras Ahluwalia 5pts

Jigisha Ahluwalia start eating egg yellow \U0001f61c\U0001f61c\U0001f61c\U0001f61c

Cheng Hui Lim
Cheng Hui Lim 5pts

The white egg is its food. Nuts soy can replace it

Manohar Rao Gade
Manohar Rao Gade 5pts

Yolks cannot increase cholesterol levels in the body. It is a wrong interpretation and blind rumor spread out. Eating one egg with milk or any fruit juice is more healthy and controls the balance in our deit.

Cliff Sagoo
Cliff Sagoo 5pts

I love it but I eat once in a while. Got to watch for Cholesterol as well.

Andi Gletty
Andi Gletty 5pts

I have always eaten the egg yolk, best taste. we are lucky enough to get free range organic from friends farm.

Aravindh FX
Aravindh FX 5pts

Ayurveda never supports non-vegetarian diets as non-veg is against hinduism. kindly don't preach non-vegetarianism in the name of ayurveda.

Joey Jilly
Joey Jilly 5pts

egg yolks contain a majority of the cholesterol and fats ( as well as nutrients too). eating 2-3 egg yolks throughout the week is healthy because your body does need some cholesterol. having said that i normally toss out the yolks and make just egg whites because it is healthier in general. (if you eat eggs a lot like i do)

Janet Nader
Janet Nader 5pts

but to cut down cholesterol, one should eat only the whites

Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh 5pts

【>> दोस्तों ध्यान दीजिये

Terri Kieselhorst
Terri Kieselhorst 5pts

Teflon?! Good grief. The egg was good food until you cooked it in a poisonous pan.

Felix Valladares
Felix Valladares 5pts

there was a time when egg yolks were almost eliminated from our diet due cholesterol risk Not true, eggs are one of the best foods you can eat, yolk and all. I have been eating one egg daily and feel much better.

Amar Aley
Amar Aley 5pts

Daily intake of eggs helps to increase height in growing child

Phyllis Ingmire
Phyllis Ingmire 5pts

Never bought into eggs whites only - the yolk is the best

Patricia Gill
Patricia Gill 5pts

yes love my Organic eggs..daily thing for us and egg yolk in Broth is Divine..

Utch Moet
Utch Moet 5pts

Speechless,very much grateful for the info

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Yes, moderation is important with any food!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Yes, only organic and natural!