Most people now know that the cholesterol in foods does not cause high cholesterol and there are many factors involved in somebody having high cholesterol. Despite this people still shy away from eating too many eggs and if they do eat eggs some people still think that an egg white omelette is the way to go and ignore many of the good qualities that are contained in the yolk, in fact the healthiest part of the eggs is the yolk!
The egg yolk contains 100% of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin found in the egg. They also contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamine, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Compared to the yolk, the white doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of nutrients. The egg white contains more protein than the yolk, but it’s only because the yolk is smaller.
The egg yolk does contain cholesterol and the reason why we find a high amount of cholesterol in the egg yolk is not an evil trick played by mother nature to damage our health, but because cholesterol is an extremely important nutrient that is much needed by the future animal that should come out of the egg if no one interferes. Cholesterol is not only important for the future bird or reptile, but for us too. It’s the precursor to all sex hormones and is used by every cell of the body. It has also been shown countless times that dietary cholesterol raises the “good” HDL while it’s the sugar, especially fructose, grains and omega-3/omega-6 imbalances that raises the “bad” LDL and the triglycerides in the blood which can lead to heart disease.
So if your tucking into your daily dose of eggs you can do it without the worry and guilt that you are on a fast track to cardiovascular problems and eggs also need to be part of a balanced diet so don’t forget your vegetables, salads, nuts and seeds, legumes and good quality meats and fish.
Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. As Seen