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Yolks are Egg-cellent
Rhiannon Kay
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Yolks are Egg-cellent
Why waste time separating the egg yolk from the egg white when you can enjoy the numerous benefits of the whole egg. Many people have veered away from egg yolks due to the bad press they have received throughout the years. Their high saturated fat and cholesterol levels made people eat them with caution.

Mississauga - January 23, 2012 - Why waste time separating the egg yolk from the egg white when you can enjoy the numerous benefits of the whole egg.

Many people have veered away from egg yolks due to the bad press they have received throughout the years. Their high saturated fat and cholesterol levels made people eat them with caution. This is a common misconception and the truth is, people don’t have to worry about a spike in their cholesterol.

In 2006, a study was conducted at the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut to see if there is a link between heart disease and the cholesterol levels in eggs.

“Diverse healthy populations experience no risk in developing coronary heart disease by increasing their intake of cholesterol,” said Dr. Maria-Luz Fernandez in the study. “But, in contrast, they may have multiple beneficial effects by the inclusion of eggs in their regular diet.”

Denise Pala is a yoga instructor at The Clarity Centre in Oakville. She tries to live a healthy lifestyle and has researched what works and provides the best nutrition for her body in the most natural way.

“Egg whites alone are high in protein compared to the egg yolk. They contain no saturated fat or cholesterol,” said Pala. “But the majority of the nutrients are found in the yolk.”

Egg yolks contain a high level of essential fatty acids and vitamins A, E, D and K.

“The yolk contains the majority of the copper, and nearly all the calcium, iron, folate, B6 and 100 per cent vitamins A and E that is necessary when the body is deficient,” said Pala.

Several food chains such as Tim Horton’s and Subway have added new egg white sandwiches to their menus. Tim Horton’s has their new sandwich advertised in a commercial as starting the day with a healthy choice. Although this is partially true, the egg yolk is where most the nutrition is stored.

“If you are interested in a low fat diet then the egg white sandwich is a great idea. It is high in protein and low in fat,” said Pala. “In the end it is the consumers decision. It is still a healthy alternative.”

When choosing eggs, look for free-range omega-3 eggs. Omega-3 eggs supply fatty acids that are key to maintaining good health. Our bodies can’t produce these fatty acids without eating foods containing omega-3.

“One large omega-3 egg provides between 1/4 and 1/3 of the recommended daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids,” said getcracking.ca, the official website of the Ontario Egg Farmers.

Having free-range eggs provides us with a better tasting egg due to the chicken’s more natural diet like flax seed, which contains omega-3. Caged chickens are fed soy and corn feed.

“Most relevant for many college students is that eggs have biotin, a vitamin that breaks down alcohol toxins and helps hangovers,” said Carolyn Brown, a nutritionist at Foodtrainers in New York, NY. “So next time you have kegs and eggs, emphasize the eggs part.”

Eggs are extremely beneficial to health and nutrition. Certain nutrients like lutein boost eye health and choline helps with brain function. Eating eggs is a great way to start to your day. The whole egg does contain far more calories than the egg white alone, so it’s important to remember, “everything is in moderation,” Pala says.

Brown, who has a master's degree in clinical nutrition, recommends one to two eggs a day. “Keep it at or below seven eggs per week,” said Brown.


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