For many years egg yolks have been considered bad for you. Experts have claimed them to be high in cholesterol. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is, eggs are a great source of heart-healthy protein, vitamins, and minerals.
If you follow the government’s advice for a healthy heart, you have most likely been avoiding egg yolks and probably stick to egg whites and get rid of the yolks. If so then you are missing out!
Egg yolks have been considered bad for your health for the last few decades. Many health experts and even the government claim that too many egg yolks will increase cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is known to clog up arteries, which is why removing eggs from our diet is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease. Or so we have been led to believe.
New research has actually shown that only those suffering from heart disease or those more sensitive to dietary cholesterol, should restrict their intake of cholesterol. For anyone else, eating eggs can actually improve your health because of their incredible nutrient density
Recent studies have discovered 2 important facts:
1. Consuming eggs has very little if any effect on your risk of heart disease.
2. Serum cholesterol (the cholesterol in our blood) might not be a good indicator of your risk of heart disease.
This means that the relationship between cholesterol and heart disease is not as clear as we once thought. For most people, consuming egg yolks doesn’t increase their risk of heart disease. Evidence has shown that cholesterol is actually very important to our health.
Functions of cholesterol
1. Cholesterol is an essential component of every cell membrane. This means that cholesterol is essential for life.
2. Cholesterol is a precursor for sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone.
3. Cholesterol converts UVB rays into vitamin D in our skin.
4. Cholesterol is essentail for repairing damaged muscle tissue and reducing inflamation.
5. Extremely low cholesterol levels have been linked with depression and anger problems.
In other words, cholesterol is essential for life and avoiding eggs is actually a bad choice. The truth is that our bodies naturally produces around 70% of the cholesterol in our bodies. This means unless you have very high cholesterol levels that exceed 300, then there is no need to be concerned about your dietary intake of cholesterol.
While health experts and the government have recommended not eating eggs what they don’t tell you is that eggs are actually one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They contain many health benefits including many vitamins, minerlas and anti-oxidants, this includes selenium, lutein, omega-3’s, choline, magnesium, vitamin B12 and a complete amino acid profile. In fact the yolks themself contain over 90% of the nutrients, the eggs whites contain more protein and potassium but the yolks alone contain:
- All of the essential omega-3 fatty acids
- Most of the calcium
- All of the vitamin A
- All of the vitamin D
- The majority of folate
- More selenium
Egg yolks are a great food for fat loss, they can curb your appetite and help your body function optimally. So, next time you go to throw away those egg yolks just think about about the valuable nutrients you are robing yourself of. Stop the egg white madness and start enjoying whole eggs today.
Next time you choose your eggs be sure to choose high quality eggs. The best eggs to consume are whole, organic and pasture-raised eggs. Avoid “cage-free” and “free-range” when possible as these eggs are usually conventionally raised!