We know eggs are a really good source of protein. But is eating egg yolk good or bad for you? Did you know the egg yolk contains all the essential fatty acids, carotenoids, and fat-soluble vitamins in the egg like vitamins A, D, and E, as well as the majority of the other nutrients. It also contains lecithin not only aids memory and concentration; it also strengthens nerves in your brain and spine, positively influences cholesterol levels in your blood, and hinders the formation of gallstones. By not eating egg yolk and just eating egg whites, we are throwing away the most valuable part.
Egg yolk has been scientifically proven to be a powerhouse of essential nutrients. It contains all the essential fatty acids, carotenoids, and fat soluble vitamins found in eggs such as vitamin A, D and E — and that’s not even including the majority of other important vitamins and minerals! This makes egg yolks a great source of fuel for your body’s cells, organs, bones and muscles.
Egg yolks are also rich in antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin which have been linked with improved vision — plus they offer powerful anti-inflammatory benefits for your overall health. Even more impressive is that these same compounds can protect against age related degenerative diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration.
Egg yolk is a powerhouse of nutrition. It’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals that have many positive health benefits for your body, including strengthening the nerves in your brain and spine, and positively influencing cholesterol levels in your blood.
Egg yolk is much more than just a breakfast staple; it’s also packed with nutrients that benefit your health and brain function. Recent studies have found that consuming egg yolks can positively influence cholesterol levels in your blood, strengthen nerves in your brain and spine, as well as boost energy levels throughout the day.
Egg yolks contain choline, an essential nutrient that helps to produce acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter crucial for healthy nerve transmission and cognitive function. Choline has also been found to improve learning and memory in rodents by helping to create new memories while protecting existing ones from destruction – making it an ideal supplement for those seeking better cognitive performance.
Research has shown that egg yolks contain high amounts of choline, an important nutrient for nerve functioning. Studies suggest it can also help to reduce inflammation caused by chronic conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. Egg yolks are also a source of healthy fats like Omega-3 fatty acids which can help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol in the blood.
But my doctor told me or I read somewhere that eating cholesterol like those found in egg yolks raises cholesterol. Really? So many people in Singapore without really understanding the cholesterol issue are just taking statin drugs without understanding all the side effects. Did you know that despite all the statin drugs patients take the death toll according to MOH from stroke and heart related diseases has not dropped but has actually gone up since 2009!
If you have cholesterol issues focus on getting a higher HDL and a lower LDL. You should at least know that a lower higher than normal LDL, and specifically, small LDL, has the nasty habit of embedding into arterial walls and promoting heart diseases.
So is eating egg yolks really good or bad? Do I eat egg yolks myself? Well despite what you have been told or heard, the research below seems to claim otherwise.
- The Framingham study found in 1982 that “differences in egg consumption were unrelated to blood cholesterol level” [Eggs, serum cholesterol, and coronary heart disease. Am J Clin Nutr. 1982 Oct;36(4):617-25. PubMed PMID: 7124663.]
- Harvard researchers found the same results in 1999, and Japanese investigators replicated these findings in 2006 [A prospective study of egg consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women. JAMA. 1999 Apr 21;281(15):1387-94. PubMed PMID: 10217054 and Egg consumption, serum total cholesterol concentrations and coronary heart disease incidence: Japan Public Health Center-based prospective study. Br J Nutr. 2006 Nov;96(5):921-8. PubMed PMID: 17092383.]
- Egg consumption, in conjunction with a carbohydrate-restricted diet, can raise HDL levels, as well as promoting a shift from small LDL to large LDL which poses less cardiovascular risk. [Effects of eggs on plasma lipoproteins in healthy populations. Food Funct. 2010 Nov;1(2):156-60. Epub 2010 Oct 19. Review. PubMed PMID: 21776466.]
Based on this information, the research suggests that people gain “no risk in developing coronary heart disease by increasing their intake of cholesterol. In contrast, you may have many other beneficial effects by the including of eggs and egg yolks in their regular diet.
Eggs, serum cholesterol, and coronary heart disease. Am J Clin Nutr. 1982 Oct;36(4):617-25. PubMed PMID: 7124663.
I personally eat egg yolks with my egg whites have have excellent blood cholesterol. When I go for my next kaya toast for breakfast, I would love to add a good source of protein, the good half boiled egg and its egg yolk enjoy the beneftis!