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Why You Should Eat the Egg Yolk

Author: Rebecca CardenNovember 03, 2014

We used to all eat the egg yolk, it wouldn’t have occurred to anyone not to. But then we got scared.

We’ve all seen the cartons of ‘ready to go, low fat, high protein’ egg white in the supermarkets. “Perfect for the health conscious” they say from their fluro lit shelf in the fridge section. Gently nestled against Chocolate Yogo’s they remind us that we shouldn’t eat the egg yolk because they are evil.

“Why are they evil” we wonder?

There was a time when every cafe in Melbourne offered up an egg white omelet thanks to the fat and cholesterol free brainwashing that swept the countryside. People lapped them up, confident of the fact that egg yolks and their so called dangerous cholesterol and saturated fat were being shunned away from their thighs.

Our society’s bias against saturated fat and cholesterol has become so strong that we often forget nature is pretty smart and she makes things with very purposeful composition. Everything has a reason.

The egg is no different. There’s a reason eggs have yolks and aren’t just a big blob of egg white.

Egg yolks contain highly concentrated levels of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are powerful antioxidants that prevent against cellular damage.

The yolk is also where you’re going to find plenty of B vitamins, particularly the crucial B6 & B12 which a lot of people are deficient in.

Egg yolks contain the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which is necessary for the brain and proper retinal function in the eye, and the long-chain omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid, which is required for the healthy skin, hair, libido, reproduction, growth and response to injury. These fatty acids are primarily needed by young children, pregnant and lactating women, and people with degenerative diseases involving oxidative stress, especially those of the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s.

Egg yolks are also one of the richest dietary sources of Choline, which is associated with improved neurological function and reduced inflammation in the body. Over the past few years, there has been a rush of research into Choline and there are now hints that it may be essential not only for the brain development of fetuses and infants, but may help prevent memory loss associated with aging.

Another side benefit of a diet rich in choline is, well, happiness. It can help regulate our moods!

Compared to the yolk, the white doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of nutrients so eat the yolk yo.

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