Don’t Skip the Egg Yolks
Eggs have been widely celebrated for their health benefits and versatility, forming a crucial part of countless recipes and culinary traditions. Both the egg whites and egg yolks of eggs deliver various health benefits, but in recent years it has become popular for health-conscious individuals to avoid the egg yolks when eating eggs, creating egg-white scrambles, egg-white omelettes and more. This might not be in your best interests, as egg yolks are a good source of many nutrients that support healthy living and more.
While the protein count of an egg is distributed evenly through the yolk and whites, a 2019 study found that the majority of nutrients can be found in the yolks of eggs. Here are some of the valuable nutritional benefits found within egg yolks.
The yolks of eggs are packed full of antioxidants including vitamins A, D, E and K and omega-3 fats. Eggs also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that protect eyes from age-related issues and degeneration.
Healthy heart fats
Much has been said about the impact of eggs on heart health, with recent studies concluding that eggs in moderation did not pose a risk to cardiovascular health. Contemporary studies have found that despite containing amounts of cholesterol and fat, eggs do not raise blood cholesterol levels.
Support your immune system
Research has found that egg yolks can potentially boost and support our immune systems. The membranes of egg yolks contain compounds called sulfated glycopeptides. Sulfated glycopeptides stimulate and encourage the production of macrophages, cells in the immune system that protect the body against disease and infection.
Reduce gastrointestinal issues
Some people do experience gastrointestinal sensitives to eggs, which is often due to egg allergies. It’s best to consult a medical practitioner if you are uncertain whether to make changes to your diet.
Getting the most out of your eggs
When preparing egg-white heavy dishes such as chocolate mousse, angel food cake or meringues, it can be tempting to throw away the unused yolks, but don’t! You can easily use them for meals such as crème brulée, ice cream, custard, aioli, or you can freeze them for later use. To freeze egg yolks, beat them together with salt, around 1/8th of a teaspoon per four yolks, before pouring them into an airtight container or a Ziplock bag. Label the bag or container with the date and use them within one year.
When part of a healthy diet, eggs, and egg yolks, are very beneficial. In short, don’t toss away the yolks of eggs!
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