Should you eat the whole egg?

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.

Eggs have more to offer besides their great taste and affordability. Read on for more.

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  1. OK here’s the question, is there a difference in eggs.

  2. Tony Hampton, MD, MBA, ABOM September 23, 2018 at 7:42 am · Reply

    Many of you reading this article have heard mixed messages about eating eggs and saturated fat in general. The messages from the past suggesting saturated fat correlates with heart disease were from hypotheses that were never proven. New research has confirmed that there is no correlation between saturated fat and heart disease. I only worry about man-made trans fats. Check out the study published in the Lancet over 120,000 participates entitled Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study. Here is the link to this study:

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/abstract

    In this study, high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risks of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality.

    So if you like eating eggs, I suggest you keep eating them. I do suggest you check you pre and post egg consumption cholesterol numbers. Although the majority of people consuming eggs have improved cholesterol, a small percentage don’t. Make sure to read my article with Dr. Katina Hope to get some insights on how to interpret your cholesterol values using the link below:

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/concerned-your-cholesterol-learn-why-adding-healthy-tony/

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Kendall Krawczyk
Kendall Krawczyk

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.