Get Yoked with Egg Yolks

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Egg whites are one of the most popular sources of protein in most athletes’ diets, as well as anyone who’s trying to lose weight or simply eat clean and lean. They offer a simple-to-prepare protein source, and by using just the egg whites, you get to reduce fat and cholesterol intake. But is that really a good thing? When it’s time to muscle up, you might want to consider that it’s easier to get yoked with egg yolks.

Don’t Fear the Fat
So, why do people avoid egg yolks? Well, the biggest reason is usually the fat content and the associated calories. A large egg yolk contains about 4.5-5 grams of fat, which is about 40-45 calories from fat alone. That’s not much in the grand scheme of daily calories, but if you’re eating several eggs at a single sitting, then the fat calories can add up in a hurry.

And beyond the calories, keep in mind the importance of fat in your diet. Fat is crucial for the absorption of many key vitamins and minerals, it’s absolutely vital when it comes to hormone production. Low-fat diets are usually low-health diets, so don’t fear the fat!

Cholesterol Control
The second reason people tend to avoid egg yolks is the fear of their cholesterol content. But that’s old, overplayed news. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad cholesterol, but egg yolks only have about 1.6 grams of saturated fat per yolk, and studies have shown that cholesterol consumed from foods isn’t necessarily linked to increased LDL levels in the body.

Protein Power
Stop throwing away all that muscle-building protein! Not only are you wasting food by throwing out egg yolks, you’re also missing out on good protein. Every time you eat an egg white without the yolk, you’re getting just half the protein you could be getting out of each whole egg. Would you throw away half a tub of your favorite protein powder? Of course not! Plus, you can get extra yoked with the egg yolks because they contain muscle-building anabolic amino acids like L-leucine.

Necessary Nutrition
As an athlete, fitness enthusiast, or someone just trying to get in better shape, you probably pay more attention to your macro nutrients than anything else, so you’ve got a percentage of protein, carbohydrates, and fats you try to maintain, but what about the rest of the nutrition from micronutrients? Egg yolks are full of more health-enhancing nutrients than most people ever stop to think about or give them credit for.

In fact, while egg whites alone are a great source of low-calorie protein, it’s the egg yolks that carry most of the nutritional value. You’re throwing away a lot of important vitamins and minerals whenever you toss out an egg yolk. Those delicious egg yolks are also dense with potent antioxidants, including carotenoids that are even more bioavailable than those found in vegetables because of the fat content in yolks that aids in their absorption. Bonus!

Eat the Yolks
If calories are all you’re worried about, keep in mind that each egg yolk isn’t actually that calorically dense, and the nutrients they contain can help build muscle and prevent muscle loss. A low-fat or no-fat diet is a no-no for many reasons, so if you’re going to eat eggs anyway, consider throwing in a yolk or two or three to keep up with your required fat intake while you reap all the other health benefits of eating whole eggs.

Plus, there’s something to be said for the added flavor that comes from yolks. If you’re dieting down for a fat-loss goal and need to keep your protein intake high, adding some egg yolks into your giant “egg white” omelet will add much-needed nutrients, much-desired flavor, and they can help keep your appetite curbed a bit longer than egg whites alone.

Stop throwing away vital nutrients and get yoked with yolks!

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