Conventional Wisdom Vs Fitness Contrarian: Egg Whites
Conventional wisdom (CV) will tell you that whole eggs are bad for you due to the cholesterol content. Most people advocate eating only egg whites for the protein while throwing out the yolks because they are high in fat. CV still thinks eating egg yolks will give you heart disease.
We at Fitness Contrarian don’t see any correlation between heart disease and eating whole eggs. In fact, the egg yolk is the most nutritious part of the egg. It is loaded with protein, healthy omega 3 fats, B complex vitamins and folate. The egg white nutrition is minimal compared to whole eggs.
We do recommend you only eat organic chicken eggs because chickens that are fed and raised properly can have many times more heart healthy omega 3 fats in them. Organic chickens that are fed a natural green diet produce omega 3 richer eggs as compared to the grain fed factory-produced eggs.
Here is a study that debunked the myth that whole eggs are bad for you. A Harvard Medical School study of 115,000 subjects over a 14-year span showed no correlation between eating one whole egg a day and heart disease or stroke. In addition, another study from the International Journal of Obesity suggested that eating two whole eggs for breakfast instead of a bagel helped participants lose weight.
The next time you want to have an egg white omelet keep in mind that egg white nutrition is less nutritious compared to whole eggs.
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Best – Mike Cola