Is the Egg Yolk Bad for You?
Disclaimer: This article is not offering medical or dietary advice. Please speak with your doctor before changing your diet. If you are predisposed to heart disease already or have type 2 diabetes, then there are other factors that you must consider before eating egg yolks.
Since Easter is coming up this weekend, we decided that we should have an article that focuses on the most dyed food: the egg. More specifically, the egg yolk!
Egg yolks have been given a bad rep by the food and healthy industry over the years because of the fear that eating an egg yolk will make your cholesterol levels skyrocket. But is there any truth to this?
It is true that egg yolks contain cholesterol, but they contain the same amount of good cholesterol (HDL) as bad cholesterol (LDL) so as far as cholesterol is concerned it evens itself out. Besides, the real culprit to high cholesterol has been linked to trans fat and added sugar, not cholesterol found naturally in foods.
So how did egg yolks get a bad red?
Well, back in 1973, scientist learned that high blood cholesterol was associated with heart disease and believed that food high in cholesterol were the culprit. So the American Heart Associating began urging the public to cut down on egg consumption.
Since then, scientist learned that cholesterol in foods is not the villain causing high LDL levels and eggs are really healthy for you. In fact, the American Heart Association now lists eggs as a “Healthy Good for Under $1.” And yes, that is the whole egg!
Egg whites contain a large amount of protein (about 3.6 g), but by eating only the egg white, you miss out on a lot of good protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fats your body needs. The egg yolk has calcium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, choline, selenium, and Vitamins B-12, A, D, E, and K. Whole eggs have almost every essential vitamin and mineral in them that our bodies need to function.
What you should watch out for is how they are prepared. If you’re frying your eggs in butter and serving them with high saturated-fat foods like bacon, then this could've a negative impact on you cholesterol.
So unless you havebeen advised not to eat egg yolks by your doctor, have no fear about eating those deviled eggs this Easter!