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Are Whole Eggs Healthy?

Don't Just Go For the Whites: 4 Reasons to Eat Whole Eggs

After a couple of decades of being considered not so good for you, eggs have definitely made a healthy comeback. If you skip the scrambled eggs breakfast because you're worried about the fat or cholesterol affecting your heart health, here are some reasons you shouldn't avoid eating whole eggs.

  1. One whole egg contains 185 milligrams of cholesterol (egg whites contain none). The daily recommended cholesterol limit is less than 300 milligrams for people with normal LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, so you can enjoy a whole egg each day, as long as you don't go overboard on other cholesterol-filled foods such as meat and dairy products.
  2. The white part of the egg may contain most of the protein, but the yolk contains most of the egg's nutrients. One yolk has 21.9 mg of calcium, 245 IU of vitamin A, 18 IU of vitamin D, 66.3 mg of phosphorus, and 24.8 mcg of folate.
  3. Having eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight. One egg is only 92 calories but offers 6.3 g of protein to give you sustained energy all morning long, so you're less likely to hit a midmorning slump and feel the need to reach for a not-so-healthy pick-me-up.
  4. Healthy fats are essential to our bodies and if you choose eggs fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, it's an easy way to increase your intake of these polyunsaturated fatty acids in your diet.

What do you eat more often: whole eggs or egg whites?

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Jacqueline2836558 Jacqueline2836558 5 years
Yolks from organic, pastured eggs are one of the most nutritious foods around!
Lara-L Lara-L 5 years
Whole eggs! The yolk is yummy IMO.
Rachelll Rachelll 9 years
I love my yolks! I eat Eggland's Best because they have less saturated fat, have Omega 3's and high levels of the nutrients you find in YOLKS! They also taste better than regular eggs so I feel like I'm eating eggs not just to be healthy but because they're yummy!
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
Breakfast of champions! I have one egg white and one egg with yolk scrambled together every morning. You can't tell the difference from having 2 yolks and its better for you.
gigglesss gigglesss 9 years
i have eggsalad sandwiches for lunch just about everyday at school. including today =]
Dragon Dragon 9 years
I love love love eggs. Don't have them for breakfast (I can barely choke down my tea until I've been up for a couple of hours, much less anything solid), but I love having them for lunch and dinner. Fried, deviled, egg salad, eggs a la goldenrod, you name it!
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 9 years
Fan of the whites, but not the yolk.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I love eggs. I eat them probably every other day...I usually mix one whole egg with one egg white and scramble them up. Sometimes, I'll make a "frittata" with eggs and cooked zucchini or peppers. Yummy!
sarahhoerst sarahhoerst 9 years
I always eat 1 whole egg and two egg whites-- perfect combo
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I like not love eggs. I usually have a hard-boiled egg w/ my lunch. I don't like bacon so the cholesterol doesn't affect me.
Janners Janners 9 years
2 eggs worth of eggbeaters with toast or crumpets... I'm hooked. Plus a gala apple. The best breakfast.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
i love eggs, but usually i just eat the white
AMP AMP 9 years
I have eggs every morning for breakfast, but usually only whites.
Clau91 Clau91 9 years
I rarely eat eggs but this morning I ate a fried egg with bread and was left pretty full...
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
Sweet, I always buy the omega-3 ones.
LadyP LadyP 9 years
I love eggs!
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
yes! I had a scrambled egg and mushroom crepe. I love eggs - unless I'm running really late or slept in so much I missed breakfast I eat two every morning. I guess I should start removing one of the yolks?
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I sometimes do two egg whites and one full egg after a work out. I feel hungry so fast after eggs though.
misslarue misslarue 9 years
Only eat eggs on the weekend. We always go out for eggs benedict on Sunday mornings. Its a fatty treat we look forward to after eating good during the week!
kellyanne kellyanne 9 years
Eggs are the only thing that I can eat for breakfast that fill me up through lunch. I rotate breakfasts between eggs, shredded wheat w/bran, or oatmeal. The cereals leave me hungry for a mid-morning snack but eggs don't.
misswaikiki misswaikiki 9 years
eggs are THE weekend breakfast-treats
pk9000 pk9000 9 years
One egg yolk has 210mg of cholesterol, but the recommend daily amount is 300mg. If you're eating 7 eggs a week, that doesn't leave much room for other cholesterol containing foods. Like bacon. Delicious, delicious bacon.
piraterie piraterie 9 years
I love eggs, but I don't eat them very often! I always feel like they take too much time in the morning, and I rarely think of eating them any other time.
optikangel optikangel 9 years
I love eggs.... I had an egg white this morning.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
Not for breakfast but I made Pad Thai last night and that had eggs in it.
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