Health Benefits of Egg Whites



How many times have you eaten eggs so far this week? Probably a lot, right? Eggs are some of the most popular meal fixtures at any time of the day. When assessing certain foods and making decisions about whether or not they will be included in our diet, eggs can pose a lot of questions.

There has been swirling information regarding the nutritional components of eggs. The main focus of this information has been on cholesterol levels and the potential for eggs’ high cholesterol to impact cardiovascular health negatively. While the consensus opinion is that cholesterol only has a moderate effect on blood levels of cholesterol, and cardiovascular health overall, many have elected to choose egg whites over whole eggs.

This includes removing the bright yellow part of the egg, known as the yolk, completely when eating eggs and sticking to the more pale egg whites. The yolk is said to have the highest cholesterol content, while the egg whites have the highest protein content. According to executive director of the Egg Nutrition Center Dr. Mitch Kanter, one egg has the six grams of protein, which equates to 13% of our daily value recommendation.

Research at the Egg Nutrition Center and in various other institutions, has concluded that when inside the actual egg shell, the egg whites are tasked with providing water and necessary nutrients to the embryo, which is represented by the yolk. If consumed by humans, the same nutrients and water content applies and the nutritional contributions of egg whites can be acceptable for a non-vegan diet.

Dr. Kanter also claimed that egg whites are a great source of potassium, which is absolutely necessary for proper hydration and regulation. Bananas and other produce items are usually thought of as main potassium sources but if a vegan diet is not in your interest, then egg whites may be an additional source to consider.

It is important to have a widespread knowledge base when making decisions about our health and wellness, so gaining an understanding of the nutritional components of our food is vital before making decision to add or remove certain foods into our diets.

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