By Be Well Health Coach Jenny Sansouci
Is that an egg-white omelette on your plate? It’s time to change that. Go flag down your waitress and ask her for an omelette made with the full eggs. Gone are the days when egg yolks were the enemy, and you’ll never hear me order an egg white without its beautiful and nutritious yellow counterpart. Eggs are one of the richest sources of nutrition out there—some people even call eggs “the perfect food.” Yes—yolk included!
Here Are 5 Reasons You Should Never Eat Egg Whites Only Again:
The yolk is packed with nutrition. Egg yolks contain:
- B vitamins, including B12
- Vitamin A
- Other trace nutrients.
Choline, in particular, which most Americans are deficient in sufficient amounts, is a very important nutrient for brain function and the nervous system, and for supporting detoxification in the body.
The connection between dietary cholesterol and heart disease is a myth. I know you’ve been taught for years that dietary cholesterol is harmful and should be avoided, but the truth is, your body needs cholesterol for important functions, like building and repairing cells. Studies have shown little to no link between dietary cholesterol and higher blood cholesterol levels. Your liver produces cholesterol on its own, so if you have more cholesterol in your diet, your liver will produce less cholesterol naturally. Cool, right?
Eggs are one of the most perfect forms of protein. There’s a reason eggs are super popular in the fitness world. They’re an awesome source of protein, at about 6 grams per large egg, with all essential amino acids. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can reap the protein-packed benefits from eggs.
Egg whites are not a whole food. When you consume a fragmented food like egg white, your body doesn’t process it like a whole food. This means you can often develop cravings for “something else” because your body is wondering where the rest of the food is. Save yourself the hassle of jumping on the cravings roller coaster and just eat the whole food!
Whole eggs are way more delicious. Really. Admit it: Egg whites taste boring. And don’t even get me started on liquid egg “substitutes.” Those are not food, and even the ones that are 100 percent eggs or egg whites lose nutrients during the processing and are not whole foods. Check out this egg “muffin” recipe—it’s my favorite!
Now go ahead—have your egg and eat it, too! When you choose your eggs, local, pasture-raised organic eggs are the way to go. They are much higher in nutrition (notice how yellow those yolks are compared to conventional eggs), and you want to avoid antibiotics and eggs from chickens that are treated poorly and eat GMO feed.