Should you eat the whole egg?
Enjoy eating eggs? According to Tara Allen, a registered dietitian at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Ill., the versatile food is a great way to take in much-needed nutrients.
“A number of people just consume the eggs whites, which contain some protein, riboflavin and selenium. However, most of the nutrients of eggs are found in the yolk, which provides vitamin D, choline and lutein! So enjoy the whole egg!” Allen says.
While many people raise concerns about cholesterol in egg yolks negatively impacting their health, Dr. Tony Hampton, a family medicine physician with Advocate Medical Group who is board-certified in obesity medicine, says the rule of thumb is that your body makes more cholesterol when you don’t ingest it and less cholesterol when you do. Because of that dynamic, he says about 90 percent of people could eat two to four eggs per day – yolk and all – without any negative impact. “Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet,” he attests.
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About the Author
Kendall Krawczyk is a public affairs intern at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, Ill. She is a senior obtaining a bachelor’s degree in health communication and public relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the secretary of Communication Leader’s on her campus, in which she acts as an ambassador for the department of communication. She spent the last semester in Florence, Italy. In her free time, she enjoys working out, drinking coffee and spending time with her family.