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The egg white omelet. Tempting until you actually taste it, right? We’ve got good news for you—it’s time to eat the whole egg. Jenny Sansouci, AADP certified Health Coach with a certificate in Food Therapy, gives us a whole gaggle of reasons you should respect the yolk.
1. The Yolk Is Packed With Nutrition
Egg yolks contain antioxidants, B12, vitamin A, iron, selenium, biotin, phosphorous, choline, and other various trace nutrients. Choline in particular, which most Americans are deficient in, is a very important nutrient for brain function, the nervous system, and supporting detoxification in the body.
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2. The Dietary Cholesterol + Heart Disease Connection 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?
3. 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.
4. Eating Whole Foods Helps Digestion
When you consume fragmented foods like egg whites, 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!
5. 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% eggs or egg whites lose nutrients during the processing and are not whole foods.
Now go ahead—have your egg and eat it too! When shopping for 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). Avoid eggs with antibiotics, from chickens fed with GMOs, or from poorly-treated chickens!
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