I love eggs. And I like to think they love me. They’ve been a staple of my diet ever since I was a kid and it’s still true today. In fact, I had two hard boiled eggs for breakfast this morning. Over the years eggs (particularly the yolk) has gotten a bad rap for not being good for you. That’s old school logic.
Just the other day my wife and I were debating the nutritional value of eating the yolk and whether or not it was good for you. She was of the mindset that they’re bad for you. I tried to tell her that current thinking is that it isn’t as bad as you think. Today I came across a great article that talks about the yolk and whether or not it’s OK. Here’s a quote from Kelly Plowe, R.D.:
If I were to create a top 10-superfood list, eggs would hands-down make this list every single time. There is irony in this because for so long the egg was one of the most misunderstood foods (believed at one point to contribute to heart disease), which research has now cleared up.
“Eggs, specifically egg whites, have become a mainstay in many diets thanks to their lean, satiating protein. Many are still surprised to learn however, that the yolk itself has about 3g of protein, almost half of the protein found in an entire egg. The yolk is also where all of the cholesterol (about 185mg) is found. The American Heart Association recommends keeping cholesterols intake to less than 300mg a day, which makes including an egg everyday, as part of an overall healthy diet doable. I’m an advocate of including the yolk because this is where the majority of the nutrition in the egg is found. Aside from protein, the yolk is packed with vitamin D, phosphorus, riboflavin, choline, and selenium in addition to a number of other vitamins and minerals.
When I eat my eggs I’m including the yolk but it looks like I need to only eat one yolk. Not only is two egg yolks greater than 300mg of cholesterol a day but because my LDL is just over 100 I should be limiting my cholesterol to less than 200mg a day (see the American Heart Association link above).
What About You?
Anyone else eating too many egg yolks? When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked?