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Fit Tip: Eating whole eggs can be healthy

Eating whole eggs can be part of a healthy diet. Yolks contain many of the egg’s nutrients, so don’t feel compelled to cut them out of your diet unless your doctor advises it.
Eating whole eggs can be part of a healthy diet. Yolks contain many of the egg’s nutrients, so don’t feel compelled to cut them out of your diet unless your doctor advises it. iStockphoto.com

Q: Some people say eggs are good for you; others say they are bad. What do you think?

A: While the health benefits of egg whites are well known, egg yolks have health benefits, too. Egg yolks contain more vitamins (and larger quantities of those vitamins) than egg whites. Each egg yolk contains seven vitamins: B6, folate (a B vitamin), B-12, A, D, E and K. Of those, vitamins A, D, E and K are found only in egg yolks and not in egg whites. In fact, egg yolks are one of only a handful of foods in which vitamin D is naturally found.

Did you know that eating eggs can help you lose weight? This might come as a surprise to those who think of eggs as “fattening” or “unhealthy,” but a study by the Rochester Center for Obesity Research found that eating eggs for breakfast helps limit your calorie intake all day, by more than 400 calories. That means you can lose three pounds or more per month.

Eating whole eggs is vital; the goodness of eggs is found in the yolk (containing over 90 percent of an egg’s calcium and iron) and the white (containing almost half the egg’s protein). Egg yolks contain cholesterol, so you should limit the number of eggs you eat each day. Depending on your overall health or risk for heart attack, your doctor might recommend avoiding egg yolks or using them sparingly in your diet.

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