Egg Whites vs Whole Egg?

Personally, I prefer eating whole eggs rather than just egg whites. I am surprised at the number of patients who eat only egg
whites for breakfast instead of the whole egg. I know the argument for egg whites only is because the whole egg contains cholesterol and saturated fats. But what you might not know is that the yolk actually contains most of the nutrients. 

The egg yolk contains 100% of the carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, E, D, and K.  The egg white doesn’t contain 100% of ANY nutrient. In addition, the yolk contains more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, B12, and 89% of the panthothenic acid.

As far as the cholesterol issue goes, eating whole eggs does NOT necessarily mean that it will raise your cholesterol. In fact, the body needs cholesterol to help you make hormones. If you eat a food that contains a high amount of  dietary cholesterol such as eggs, your body down-regulates it’s own internal production of cholesterol to balance things out. And when you don’t eat enough cholesterol, your body produces more of it anyway since it plays such an important role in our body’s hormones.

Research has shown that whole eggs raise your HDL ( good) cholesterol levels more so than your LDL cholesterol. This would improve your overall cholesterol ratio, thereby possibly lowering your risk of heart disease.

In summary, I think it is OK to eat the whole egg and I recommend you buy organic eggs with extra omega fatty acids.

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