There is no doubt that eating eggs can add a significant amount of nutrients to the average person’s diet, but there can be some confusion about what part of the egg is the healthiest part to consume.
Some line up on the side of egg whites, claiming that the yolk adds far too much cholesterol to a balanced diet.
Others advocate eating whole eggs in order to get more of a balanced nutritional package.
In order to clear up any misunderstanding of which one, one should or should not consume, it is necessary to look into both egg white nutrition and egg yolk nutrition to see what affect each has on the body.
Egg White Nutrition
It is common knowledge that the egg whites are a fantastic source of complete protein.
The protein goes to work rebuilding muscle and strengthening your immune system, and can vary in bioavailability depending on the method of preparation.
The method that will ensure the most complete absorption of the egg white’s proteins is to eat it raw, however this involves some other health considerations regarding a chemical called avidin, which binds with biotin rendering it unavailable for use in the body.
It is not advised to eat raw egg whites alone, as it will likely lead to a biotin deficiency.
Although egg whites are rich in riboflavin, an incredibly important nutrient for a host of cellular functions in the body, it is also found in high amounts from many other dietary sources.
A more significant nutrient in egg whites nutrition is selenium.
Selenium is a highly effective antioxidant.
It is said to reduce the risk of many types of cancers while also improving immune health and protecting against high blood pressure.
The egg white can provide a healthy package of protein, riboflavin and selenium that can surely improve one’s health.
But what about the nutritional value of egg yolk?
Egg Yolks Nutrition
Thanks in no small part to marketing campaigns by pharmaceutical companies pushing their cholesterol medication there is a huge amount of misinformation floating around regarding caloric intake, cholesterol and overall health.
It is true that egg yolks have a high amount of cholesterol.
What many people fail to understand, however, is that this will not necessarily cause you to have a higher amount of bad cholesterol in your blood.
One’s body usually will simply reduce its own production of cholesterol to balance out the cholesterol from the egg.
By including the nutritional value of egg yolk in your diet, you gain the benefit of a wide range of fat-soluble vitamins (A, B, E, D, K) and essential minerals, without needing to worry about getting fat as a result of adding these nutrients to your diet.
Your body will adjust its own cholesterol output.
So how should I eat my eggs?
There are major benefits from both portions of an egg.
It is apparent that nature has endowed us with a food that does its work best as a full package, where the whole does more than the sum of its parts.
While there are many ways to eat eggs, drinking raw eggs may be the best way to take advantage of the myriad nutrients the egg holds.
The chemistry of the egg can change during the cooking process, making it more difficult for the body to absorb.
When the raw yolk and the whites are consumed simultaneously, the bioavailability of the nutrients and the body’s ability to digest those nutrients is in top form.
When purchasing eggs from the market one should always try to buy from free-range, organic sources.
Not only does this encourage more humane and ethical treatment of the animals; it also results in a more nutritious egg.
Free-range hens have access to a wider variety of food sources, making for a more nutritious and healthy egg.
The end result: a happier and healthier chicken and a happier and healthier consumer.
*This article was written by professional blogger and fitness enthusiast, Josh Henningsgaard.