Healthy Living

You Must Be Yolking!

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You're getting ready to cook a hot breakfast. You know you need protein for muscle growth but you don't want the fat from bacon or sausage. What's a health conscious person to do?

The answer: eggs.

Eggs, in essence, are a perfect food. Low calorie. Filled with healthy fats and chock full of protein, but many of us have been throwing away the golden goodness that is the yolk for fear that it will make us plump or raise our cholesterol.

The fact is, if you're tossing the yolks you're throwing away much of why eggs are a superfood in the first place. In addition to missing out on nearly half the protein, you also lose all the vitamin A, E, D, and K, as well as more than 90% of several other nutrients, including vitamins B6 and B12, folate, zinc and calcium.

Fat won’t make you fat
Sure, all the fat is in the yolk, too, but at a measly 4.5 grams per egg, you're missing out on way more than you're losing by skipping the yellow. Plus, contrary to nutrition advice from the 1990s, excess fat does not make you fat. Excess calories do. Which means as long as you're only eating what calories you need to survive, egg yolks as part of a balanced and healthy diet will not make you fat.

But what about all that cholesterol?
Where the yolk does come under fire is with the issue of cholesterol. One egg contains 186 mg of cholesterol, or 62% of the recommended daily intake. But studies have found that cholesterol that you eat does not raise the cholesterol in your blood, in fact it may actually lower it.

So to sum up, eggs are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. So enjoy!