Egg yolks… everyone goes around saying they are bad… that they are the cause of heart attacks and all these other modern diseases. If you are paleo, by now you should know that dietary cholesterol is not bad for you, here’s why the egg yolk is so much more beneficial than egg whites.
The Good About Egg Yolks
Egg yolks have lots of vitamin and all the fat soluble ones(A,E,D and K) It’s one of the only food sources of vitamin D, especially great on the paleo diet. So many people think that the saturated fat in egg yolk is bad, (when it is not) that they completely overlook the major benefits. The egg yolk also has a lot of important minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorous, thiamine, folate and vitamin B6 and B12 too. Egg yolk is a great source of protein and essential fat. Egg yolks contain cholesterol only because the bird inside the egg needs it to grow healthily. And cholesterol is also essential for us aswell. They also have DHA which is a form of omega 3 that your body can use. That way you can keep your omega 3/omega g ratios more like they should be; 1:1. Egg yolks have many benefits that you don’t want to miss out on.
The Bad About Egg Whites
Egg whites, on the other hand, may not be so friendly. Egg whites don’t have much fat and that can be a problem, since most vitamins are only fat soluble. If you have an egg white omelette in the mornings you can have deficiencies in the major nutrients like cholesterol and saturated fat. If you think about it, all organisms want to live, right? So the egg is no different. Egg whites are actually the self-defense mechanism of the egg. They have loads of anti nutrients. In fact, 13 of 14 kinds of proteins in the egg white have anti-microbial properties that usually stops microbes and viruses from getting to the egg yolk which is trying to raise a full-fledged, healthy animal. But those can affect us too, especially if you eat a lot of egg whites. Some stuff in egg whites can even pass though your intestinal wall and damage you guts. This is why the egg whites are best avoided or at least eaten with the healthy egg yolk.
So this is why they say “An egg yolk a day keeps the doctor away” probably more than that high fructose apple. 😀