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The golden egg yolk benefits

Updated on September 2, 2012

Probably for some people egg yolk does taste better than the egg white, or the other way around. Whichever you prefer it is all right, a delicious egg omelet in the morning will helps you to start the day, because it provides you with a complete nutrition.

The calories in egg yolk in comparison to the egg white

What we may not realize, cutting the egg yolk intake will help us in reducing the amount of calories consumed as well as end the risk of high cholesterol impact.

Are calories in an egg yolk really that high? At first let’s have a look and compare the calories level of egg white vs egg yolk.

In one single average size egg, the white would give to a small amount of 16 calories, while on the other hand, calories in egg yolk is around 55-60.

Looking at that number the calorie level is relatively high considering the size and weight of an egg is normally around 45 grams.

For those who are under weight loss program, eliminating the egg yolk for breakfast may help to cut a few pounds because of those calories it carrying.

In fact you can have perhaps more egg whites for breakfast and still benefit from the high protein content it carry. The best way to eat more egg whites is when you are under heavy work out or tries to develop more muscle.

The reason for this because the protein will helps to grow and re-generate cells especially in the muscles area. Sound good, so more egg whites and say no to the egg yolk but what most of us often forget that it is the egg yolk that has rich nutrient content that are mostly beneficial to our health.

Undeniable benefits of egg yolk

The ultimate benefits of egg yolk are simply because it has more to offer than what it looks like. At first let’s take a look briefly on why the egg yolk nutrition is good for our health.

The egg yolk nutrition facts

Egg yolk has more vitamins than the egg whites. There are Vitamin A, B6, B12, Folate, D, E and K.

From any other food sources available on earth, the egg yolk perhaps the only one that can offer the natural vitamin D.

There are more than a dozen of different types of minerals that egg yolk has, that would include calcium, selenium, potassium, iron, magnesium, etc.

These minerals that egg yolk is carrying are much more in term of concentration when comparing to those found in egg whites.

There is more, the catotenoids that egg yolk carrying which also can be found in carrot and cantaloupe. This colorful pigment is where the yellow color is coming from.

It is not the color that makes this pigment is great, but the antioxidants nature that helps support our eyes from free radicals, and enhance the health of eyes in general. The choline inside the yolk also contributes to regulate the cardiovascular system.

Good so we have all benefits of egg yolk, but are there any disadvantages?

Now after we understand all the benefits to our health, here comes the disadvantages, the precaution part that we may need to pay more attention, a closer look.

The yolk also has most of the calories and both the polyunsaturated, monounsaturated fats, it may create an adverse effect if consumed in a larger amount.

As it has been mentioned before, the calories that yolk carrying will fall in between 55 – 60.

In addition to that calorie fact, the yolk also has relatively high amount of cholesterol, the harmful types which is the saturated and trans fat, which will not in favor of your cardiovascular wellness.

So you might want to carefully change your diet habit in particular eating eggs in the morning.

You still need those nutrients in the yolk, but if you have cholesterol problem you may need to cut down the egg yolk consumption from 3 up to 4 eggs on each day in any given week.

If you don’t have such a problem, try to limit yourselves to one egg per day, after all we still need the good nutrients that the yolk is excelling at.

Interesting articles about eggs

Tasty deviled egg recipe: Remove, mash, mix, restore, as easy as it sound

Deviled egg recipe, simple, tasty, and the variations are limitless. Instead of serving a plain, the same old taste of hard boiled eggs, every once in a while you may want to try different deviled egg recipes, and mixing the egg yolk with a few other ingredients to create a new kind of dishes that everyone will love.

How many egg white calories you can eat in one day?

Egg white calories are relatively small in comparison to other energy produce food. However white eggs contain all 9 elements of amino acids that our body need for regenerating and cell developments.


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    • greeneryday profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Some tropical country

      Hello Ricki Brown, some people believe so, nevertheless it is full of nutrient that beneficial for our body, thanks...

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      Ricki Brown 

      6 years ago

      Is egg yolk good for your LIBO? (sex drive)

    • greeneryday profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Some tropical country

      beingwell welcome to this hub, and thank you!

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      6 years ago from Bangkok

      Shared and voted up. I love eggs. Yolks and whites!

    • greeneryday profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Some tropical country

      stars439 Hello, thanks for stopping by, take care

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for sharing this knowledge about egg yolks. GBY.

    • greeneryday profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Some tropical country

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, yes the yolk is my favorite part too. Thanks for stopping by...

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am glad to hear that egg yokes have healthy benefits. For me they are my favorite part of the egg. Thanks for sharing.


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