Are egg yolks healthy?

Have you ever been in the situation where you friends eat their eggs without egg yolk saying that its unhealthy and such.. well this is a confusing one. Egg yolks are known primarily for their high cholesterol content. But the medical research community has learned that dietary cholesterol is a different measure than blood level of cholesterol, which is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. I am on who would eat all the egg yolk and my eggsumption is pretty high, one sitting on a regular day could go up to as much as 5 eggs?

One recent study echoes the growing research, showing that egg consumption had no effect on the overall blood cholesterol levels of 115 healthy adults. What’s more, another recent study found some evidence that eating whole eggs increases HDL — the heart-protective, “good” cholesterol. BOOYAH !! bet you didnt know that.

“There are much bigger problems in the American diet than cholesterol,” says Drew Ramsey, M.D. an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, who studies the connection between lifestyle behaviors like diet and psychological health. “There’s not data to suggest that it should be at the top of people’s worries about food choices. Everyone’s in agreement about that: The real problem with diabetes and obesity is eating too much processed food.”

And there are several nutrients specific to the egg yolk that help promote overall health. Egg yolks are one of the richest dietary sources of the B-complex vitamin choline, which is associated with better neurological function and reduce inflammation. There’s also evidence that dietary choline helps with fetal brain development when pregnant women eat it. Another side benefit of a diet rich in choline is, well, happiness.

Choline breaks down into bethane, which is used during the methylation cycle, which in turn helps produce ‘happiness’ hormones like serotonin, dopamine, norephinephrine, explains Ramsey.

Egg yolks also contain two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect against vision loss. and they have a big dose of sulfur:

” Eggs are also high in sulfur, an essential nutrient that helps with everything from vitamin B absorption to liver function. But sulfur is also necessary for the production of collagen and keratin, which help create and maintain shiny hair, strong nails and glowing skin ”

The yolk’s health benefits should not overshadow egg whites, however, which are a low-calorie, low-fat source of perfect protein. In fact, eggs are considered the “Gold Standard” for protein quality because their amino acids are the most digestible to humans.

But even though egg yolks are certainly a health food, they haven’t been cleared for unlimited consumption: Doctors recommends consuming no more than four eggs per week, which is the amount they found to be healthy in adults. What say you ?

 

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7 responses

  1. I do try to limit my egg consumption to 1 a day…

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    31/10/2013 at 7:51 pm

    • Yikes.. thats good enough.. I am so lazy to cook even an egg a day, I just go out to the store and ask the lady to make me one. Like I said 5 eggs was a norm. but Hard Boiled.

      I love them 3 min eggs as the yolk will be runny and I love to dip my toast in them. Yum Yum..

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      31/10/2013 at 7:53 pm

  2. I’m also a giant fan of the nice runny dippy egg. I’ve been stoked to be reading more and more about how the yolk isn’t as “bad for you” as was once thought. Not so much because I’m overly concerned about my cholesterol but because I never acquired the taste for eqq whites (and again all about the dippy eggs). Great post!

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    31/10/2013 at 11:50 pm

    • Yeah I know, tell me about it right? I was like heyyy goood looking (talking to my yolks) but then again, recommended is 4 in a week, but that;s what I eat in a sitting.

      Still we gotta be careful of our health, I train everyday but that still does not give me the green light to eat everything, still I eat in moderation.. and yes.. even runny dippy eggs.. 🙂

      If you are ever in Singapore do try the Kaya (coconut Jam) toast dip in eggs. If you follow my IG, I will post one specially for you.

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      01/11/2013 at 12:05 am

      • Yah I’m def above the 4 eggs a week limit. I’m going to pretend I didn’t rad that tho. Ignorance is bliss :). Following you on IG now.

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        01/11/2013 at 12:21 am

  3. missyblurkit

    I know I am guilty of more than 4 a week. It’s easily 2 a day on most days…kinda hard to reduce when it’s such a yummy and happy food. Easy to make them for brekkies too…

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    01/11/2013 at 7:42 am

    • what do you use to make them ? the old school water dripping thingy ?

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      01/11/2013 at 11:41 am

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