Eggs are a universal breakfast favorite due to their cheap cost and great source of protein. Eating 1 or 2 whole eggs a week is alright, the problem becomes when we make them a staple.
Eggs contain cholesterol which is located in the yolk. Did you know that our bodies create their own cholesterol? Yes, the liver does because cholesterol is necessary for certain organs to function.
What happens when we have too much cholesterol in the body??
Studies from the American Heart Association state that when additional cholesterol is consumed from primarily animal products such as dairy, meats, egg yolks etc it floats around in the blood stream causing a condition known as atherosclerosis or hardening of arteries. This creates the build up of plaque in the arteries which in turn may block blood flow and result in coronary heart disease, chest pain (angina) amongst other conditions.
Ever wondered what the nutritional value of an egg is? Well, wonder no more…
1 large whole egg = 78 calories it has 6g protein, 5g fat
To break this down further 5g of fat = 45 calories of the 78 and 6g of protein = 24 calories of the 78
Compare those numbers to:
1 large egg white (after you remove the yolk) = 17 calories, 3.6g protein, 0 fat
Personally I eat 5 egg whites every morning for breakfast, and sometimes another 4 or 5 eggs whites to substitute meat at lunch, dinner or as a snack.
What does this mean?
This means that you cannot afford to over eat whole eggs especially if your goal is weight loss or getting healthy. 1 or 2 whole eggs a week will do you no harm. Consider consuming as many egg whites as you need without the risks associated health consuming whole eggs.
I hope this article makes you consider cutting back on whole egg consumption and perhaps settle for egg whites.