Why Egg White Omelets are Dumb Nutrition
- Posted on: Jan 30 2017
Many people believe that false news swayed the results of the recent presidential election. That would be a crime. But just as big a crime is how eggs were treated as Public Enemy #1 for a long time by supposed “nutritionists.”
Because managing weight problems that lead to Type 2 Diabetes is a big part of our practice here at Park Avenue Endocrinology & Nutrition, let’s set the record straight once and for all with eggs and nutrition.
You don’t have to look at many New York restaurant menus to come across egg white omelets or Egg Beater-comprised egg dishes. And you may think you’re doing yourself a favor by eating them.
You’re not. Here’s why.
Eggs get beaten up
Eggs received their devil spawn status in the 70s due to their high cholesterol content. It was thought, mistakenly, that eating eggs would naturally raise the cholesterol in your blood. And high cholesterol equaled heart disease. Of course, now we know there are good and bad cholesterols, so lumping them into one “heinous” category was, and is, dumb.
But if you must eat eggs, those same experts say, at least just eat the whites and toss the yolks.
Even more dumb. Egg yolks provide most of the nutrients in the egg, without a downside. In fact, eggs have now been proven to be one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Now whaddya say, 70s “nutritionists?”
Doubt this? There have been egg crates of studies done on whole egg consumption and blood cholesterol. Across those studies, 70 percent of participants showed that eating eggs has no effect on their cholesterol levels.
Yeah, but that leaves 30 percent. See? Bad eggs. Wrong. In that other 30 percent (these people were deemed “hyper-responders”), egg yolks raised HDL (good) cholesterol and turned LDL (bad) cholesterol into the large, fluffy kind that is not harmful and doesn’t stick to the artery walls. Many studies have been done with hundreds of thousands of people positing the relationship between eggs and heart disease in healthy people, and the studies have found no association.
Benefits of eggs
OK, so eggs shouldn’t be categorized as the official food of fat Satan. But beyond the above stuff, eggs have loads of other great benefits within their little white shells.
- They’re loaded with high-quality protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- They’re very high in choline, a brain nutrient that 90 percent of people don’t get enough of. That statement is the only explanation for the popularity of “reality TV.”
- Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, powerful antioxidants that provide protection for your eyes.
- Eggs are among the most weight-loss friendly foods. If you replace your corn flakes and bagel breakfast with eggs, you’ll stay fuller longer and you’ll feel like eating less.
But, really, that egg white omelet, in addition to having zero flavor, is really a good thing to have. Really… OK, obviously, maybe not.
So have your eggs. They’re cheap. They taste great. You can make them into a bunch of different tasty iterations. And they are one of the best foods you can eat, despite what a couple decades of junk science/propaganda has said. And you thought Facebook was the only vehicle that was expert at spreading fake news…
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