Striving for Eggcellence

Much too often, I see people skimping on the yolks and opting for egg whites only. Every time I witness this, it brings a tear to my eye. Why on earth would you want to eliminate this delicious, high quality, nutrient dense portion of the high and mighty egg?

CHOLESTEROL

Even to this day, there are still many negative associations that come with cholesterol consumption. Despite the cholesterol myth being busted years ago, people still seem to cling to the incorrect ideology that dietary cholesterol levels are directly linked to blood cholesterol levels and ultimately lead to heart disease. Let’s get a few things straight here; dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol have very little to no relation. To put this into perspective, think of it this way; our livers produce much more cholesterol than we receive from foods to help maintain and optimize vital biological functions within the body. This is because our bodies need cholesterol to survive. From hormone production, to the manufacturing of bile, cholesterol is a necessity for human life. Our bodies do a very good job at maintaining optimal levels of cholesterol, however, the problems arise not when cholesterol levels are elevated, but when an unhealthy ratio of HDL (good) to LDL (bad) cholesterol is achieved.

About a 1:1 ratio of saturated fat to non-saturated fat is optimal, this means that eggs are almost a perfect fat source. On a side note, the consumption moderate amounts of saturated fats have been shown to promote healthy cholesterol ratios. Don’t be afraid of the cholesterol found in eggs. It’ll do you good.

VITAMINS, MINERALS AND NEUROTRANSMITTER PRODUCTION

Besides the healthy fat found in yolks, there still remains many other vital nutrients worth bringing up. Vitamins A, D, E, B6 and B12, along with phosphorus and zinc are all found in the yolk. As we know, these vitamins and minerals are essential for human health. From bone health and hormone production to healthy skin, anti-oxidation and more, these vitamins and minerals should not be overlooked.

Last but certainly not least, egg yolks contain a nutrient called choline. Choline serves as the backbone for many vital building blocks and neurotransmitters within the body. One that may stand out the most is none other than acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is responsible for the contraction of muscle tissues including our heart and intestines. Thus, this portion can definitely not be overstated.

PROTEIN

I’ve saved the most obvious aspect for last, not that it’s any less important than the others. Eggs have been known to hold what some may call the highest quality protein available. We all know that protein is important for its recovery and repair benefits within the body. If you skimp on the yolk, you’re losing nearly half of the eggs protein.

CONCLUSION

It’s simple, eat whole eggs. Fry them in grass fed butter for breakfast, hard boil them for a quick snack, or use them as an addition to your salads and stir fry. Either way, don’t skimp on the yolks. Your body will thank you.

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