Are you fried from all the conflicting information about what to eat and what not to eat? Take eggs: the very bland egg white omelet is a health food staple, always given as an option for brunchers and recommended by fitness nuts online. But should we really be dumping the oh-so-delicious yolky middles? Are egg yolks really that bad for you?
First, let’s crack open some good facts about eggs. Besides being full of flavor, they’re packed with choline (great for cognitive function), lutein and zeaxanthin (carotenoids that protect your eyes) and omega-3 fatty acids (great for your eyes and brain). There’s also vitamin D, folate and calcium, in way greater numbers than the white contains. The yolks do have slightly less protein than the whites, not to mention saturated fat and cholesterol, both of which the whites don’t have quite as much.
That said, researchers have found that eating foods high in cholesterol doesn’t raise a person’s blood cholesterol negatively. If anything, it helps to raise your HDL (good cholesterol) and lower your LDL (bad cholesterol). Also, the fat in egg yolks helps keep you fuller longer. Mother nature made eggs to be the whole package -- the yolk and white complement each other. So maybe you should be eating the whole egg after all?
Just how many eggs should you eat, though? A large egg is about 78 calories and according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one egg per day was found to be perfectly healthy for most people. Eating whole eggs can curb your appetite so you don’t eat other foods which may not be as healthy.
Order that omelet, poach those eggs and boil huevos to your heart’s content. An egg is one of the better options you can eat and eating one every day is cool. Honestly, eating just egg whites is for the birds.
TL;DR: A whole egg a day will keep your appetite at bay. Just don’t eat too many. Fifty at a time is never recommended.