To Yolk or Not to Yolk?

So what's the deal on yolks?

They've gotten a bad wrap over the years as you've probably heard to stay away from them and only eat the whites. The truth is, the yolks are very healthy and only those with cholesterol problems or certain health issues need to keep a close eye. But the issue with yolks is that they're high in fat and calories which is what you're trying to watch and balance while you're losing layers.

Yes, yolks have good fat, but too much of a good thing isn't always good. There is .1 gram of fat in an egg white while there is about 4.5 grams of fat in the yolk. Also, there are approximately 17 calories in an egg white while the yolk alone has a whopping 55 calories. Times this by 3 or 4 yolks in one meal and you have a meal with almost 20 grams of fat and 200 calories in just the eggs alone. The whites also win in protein with 3.5 grams, while the yolks come in at 2.5 grams.

If you love the taste, go ahead and throw in a yolk or two into your whites, but if you're trying to lose layers, in general, no more than two. Save some of those good-fat calories for other kinds of good-fat foods like nuts and avocados to keep your diet varied and delicious.

 

 

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