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Posted on April 25, 2014
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The Case for Eating the Egg Yolks
We get a lot of mixed information on a daily basis about cholesterol, and I think most of the blame gets thrown on the egg yolk. Poor egg yolks. The bias against saturated fat and cholesterol has become so strong that we often forget that in nature foods like egg yolks contain the most nutrients.
I wanted to take a moment to debunk the theory that egg yolks are bad for you (and even that all cholesterol is bad for you), so you can stop throwing away those beautiful yellowish orange globs of goodness.
First, a (simplified, quick) note on cholesterol: Your body NEEDS cholesterol to function, to thrive, and to survive, even. It is one of the most important components of your entire makeup, it metabolizes hormones and essential vitamins like A, D, E, and K, and to honest, without it you would die. By consuming cholesterol, your body will no longer compensate, creating its own and causing some problems.
There are two kinds of cholesterol – LDL (bad) and HDL (good). LDL becomes oxidized and causes problems due to inflammation from chronically high levels of insulin (caused by LOTS OF SUGAR), and that is when we see a problem. HDL is good because it carries the bad stuff away from the arteries and back to the liver to be passed from the body, slowing buildup and keeping us healthy.
Guess what egg yolks have a lot of…. Yep, GOOD cholesterol!
In addition, the yolks contain fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K (the same vitamins good cholesterol helps to metabolize), as well as carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin (found in B6 and B12). On top of all that, eating the yolks gives you a good dose of calcium, iron, phosphate, zinc, thiamin, and folate.
There is a reason why solid protein sources like grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork (bacon!), eggs, etc. also contain these healthy fats. Cholesterol is essential and needed by the chick to grow into a chicken, and it’s important for us too.
Next time you consider throwing away those yolks or purchasing a carton of egg whites, reconsider. Think of all of the amazing health benefits your missing out on. Eat the yolks, your body, mind, hormones, skin, hair, teeth, and health will thank you. Plus, whoever got excited to eat a bunch of egg whites?? Not me, that’s for sure. I’ll take a sunny side up runny egg yolk any day.
Note: always try to find eggs from pasture-raised chickens to reap these health benefits!
Happy Saturday. Make a delicious egg yolk filled breakfast for the ones you love and enjoy the sunshine!
In fact, here is a super east breakfast you can make in a pinch… egg yolks included!
WORKOUT FOR SATURDAY
Snatch - 60%x2, 70%x2, 80%x1, heavy single
Clean & Jerk - 60%x2+1, 70%x2+1, 80%x1+1, heavy single
Back Squat - 70% x 3, 75% x 3, 80% x 3, 85% x 3, 3RM