Ill have an egg white omelet please! How many times have you heard that from the so called "health conscious". For decades the incredible and oh so delicious egg has got a surprisingly bad rap. Let me rephrase that, the egg "yolk" is the true victim of criticism here. Well I've had enough of all this criticism and now Its time we rebuild the confidence of the poor egg yolk and heal the beat down that has been delivered by the media and so-called health experts. There have even been titles of articles stating that egg yolks are as dangerous as cigarettes. We must realize that this is absurd and that eggs are among the healthiest foods we can put in our bodies. Let me help explain why you don't have to go any farther then your local food store to get mine for some liquid gold!Nutritional Benefits of Egg Yolks:
When you look at the nutrition facts for egg yolks, you may confuse them with that of a multivitamin. For example, just 3 egg yolks, without the whites, provides over 50% of your daily requirement for Vitamin D and Selenium, over 40% of Vitamin B12, Over 25% of Vitamin B5 and Phosphorous, and over 15% of Iron, Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B2. It also provides 8 grams of protein and 7% of your daily omega 3 fats. Egg yolks also contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin
, which are antioxidants that are strongly believed to help prevent against degeneration and chronic disease.
Egg yolks are so nutritious, that many doctors recommend
using them to help wean infants off of breast milk. They are one of the few foods that contain high levels of Iron and DHA, two nutritional factors that are extremely important for developing infants. Egg Yolks Vs Egg Whites:
For some reason, between egg-white drinking bodybuilders and cholesterol-fearing doctors, it became acceptable to throw away powerhouse egg yolks. Lets get one thing straight, egg white omelets are not to all mighty! Try not to pretend that you like the taste of them. If you do then thats fine. If your going to throw away any part of the egg, it should be the whites, not the yolks (however I don’t recommend getting rid of either). When it comes down to it, the nutrition of the yolk is far more superior than its white partner.
Egg whites are a great source of protein, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, however egg yolks are a far better source of calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, folate, and vitamins B6, B12, A, E, and D. Egg yolks are the mecca of all foods. Egg Yolks Are Cheap!
People always say how they would love to eat healthier, but it’s just too expensive. However I have a solution for you! With eggs, you can easily find decent free-range eggs pretty much anywhere for under $4.00 per dozen. For roughly $1.00 per meal, you can get all the amazing nutritional benefits that I have been talking about. Ill take a few whole eggs sautéed in grass-fed butter over an item off the dollar menu any day!Cholesterol?
Most of you should already know now that egg yolks are loaded with nutrition, but people continue to ask about their high cholesterol. I want to be clear with you that cholesterol, and its direct connection to heart disease is a very complex issue, and one that is above my span of knowledge. I suggest you do some research for yourself to find a conclusion or common ground. I want to give you some basics that you should know.
Cholesterol is a very essential molecule for all animal life. Every cell in our bodies has a protective membrane that allows for the cell to move and transport components in and out. Cholesterol is the vital component that makes up this membrane of each cell. Cholesterol is important for the synthesis of vitamins A, D, E, and K and hormones like cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone.
Your body naturally produces and stores more cholesterol than you consume through food. Your body produces between 800 and 1200 mg of cholesterol daily and stores between 30,000 and 40,000 mg in the cells at any given time. By comparison, an egg yolk contains only 184 mg of cholesterol. If the quantity of cholesterol was really the issue, we should be more concerned with the amount of cholesterol our body already produces, not the amount we are eating. Also, your body will self-adjust by producing more cholesterol if you consume less through food, or by producing less cholesterol, if you consume more through food.Final thoughts:
Transferring to a paleo diet or any other style of diet is about changing your mental outlook. It is about changing the actual foods that you eat on a daily basis. You have to completely change the way you look at food if you really want to be successful long term.
A healthy diet is not about eating less of everything, it’s about getting more of everything our bodies need to thrive. We’ve been taught that healthy eating means less calories, carbs, fat, and sugar. In the case of egg yolks, it’s always been about less cholesterol. lets not forget that food is essential to life. Without it, we die.
We must eat a diet where we concentrate on real food which in reality means more nutrition with micronutrients, more nourishment, vitamins, minerals, energy, strength, and more power. Egg yolks provide all of this. Cholesterol is vital to our survival and your body is going to produce lots of it whether you want it to or not. Do not fear cholesterol from eggs because if you do then you will be missing out on one of the cheapest and healthiest foods on the entire planet. We have millions of years of human evolution to tell us that real foods like egg yolks should not be feared.