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Egg Myths

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How much do you really know about the grocery staple? We've partnered with Jimmy Dean to help you separate fact from fiction.

Eggs are nutritious, filling, and delicious, making them a healthy and convenient choice for a protein pick-me-up. And while they're one of the most common grocery list items out there, there are still plenty of misconceptions surrounding these little guys. Is it healthier to eat the white or the yolk? Will you gain more muscle mass by chugging eggs raw? Test your knowledge ahead as we take four commonly held beliefs and debunk them one by one.

Myth: Egg whites are healthier than egg yolks

Truth: While it's true that the yolk contains all the fat and triple the calories, the yolk is also where you get the vitamins and nutrients. Without the yolk, you're missing out vitamins A, B12, and D, as well as calcium, folate, and omega-3s.

Myth: Eating eggs increases your cholesterol level

Truth: Eggs contain a lot of dietary cholesterol (211mg to be exact), but this is uncorrelated to the cholesterol found in your bloodstream. In other words, eating eggs won't cause your cholesterol levels to rise.

Myth: Cooked egg dishes don't hold up well

Truth: Sure, eggs are sensitive to heat, but that doesn't mean you can't eat a dish that's been prepared ahead of time. Even though reheating a dish with cooked eggs can potentially change the texture and flavor for the worse, cooked egg dishes are good to eat for up to 3-4 days when stored in the refrigerator. Even better? Frozen egg dishes like frittatas or quiches can be reheated without losing their delicious flavor — or their nutritional value.

Myth: Drinking eggs raw will help you bulk up

Truth: This dietary trend is popular among body builders and athletes as a way to consume a high amount of protein quickly. Not only is it dangerous due to the risk of contracting salmonella, your body actually digests the protein from eggs better when they're cooked.

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