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May 10, 2013 7:47 AM
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there's always a middle ground somewhere, you just have to look for it. the (positive) nutritional value of the yolk is indisputable- vitamins, proein, and good fats (yes, fat CAN be good), so i always look at what else im eating for breakfast (just an egg is not enough usually). if im only eating a scrambled egg, i leave the yolk. if the egg is part of a sandwich or an omelet , i just do white. just be careful youre still getting proper nutrition- a lot of times, people focus too much on calories and dont realise that theyre cutting out what their body really needs. if you eat a properly balanced diet, chances are you wont have to worry about dalories at all.


^^^ This!
I eat just whites when I'm making a sandwich or an omelette, but if the eggs are by themselves, I eat the whole egg.

I too, have high cholesterol, and my Doctor (not some stranger on the internet) told me to limit my whole egg intake to 2 a week, but I can have as many whites as I want. I wonder why a Doctor, who went to school longer than some of the posters in this thread have been alive, would recommend that if egg yolks have no effect on blood cholesterol levels? Taljk about face/plam...
Just sayin'
  36869798
May 10, 2013 7:47 AM
Try an one egg, two egg whites omelet. I always add onions, tomato, mushrooms and one slice of cheese to bulk it up. Super yummy.
May 10, 2013 7:49 AM
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I understand the rationale of don't waste it, eat it (My family always had the motto of "never turn down food"...) and trying to change this mentality, but in this instance, getting a good solid breakfast is important. Unless you have worries about cholesterol, eat the whole egg. If 90-ish calories are a deal breaker for your calorie intake, I'd look at what else you're eating to make changes, or put in some extra exercise daily.
Remember, this is about healthy eating and making smart choices for life, not restricting your eating habits until you freak out and binge. You may take my unnecessary creamer from my cold dead hands, I eat healthy in other ways.


No. Eggs do NOT affect your cholesterol levels. No effect. NONE. Eat them regardless of whether or not you've got high cholesterol.

Sometimes your comments, while potentially true, are somewhat lacking in helpful information, why do eggs not affect cholesterol levels? Yes, they do have dietary cholesterol, and yes, it does affect your cholesterol, but not the 'bad' cholesterol that is the concern most people have.
The fat in eggs affect the HDL cholesterol (the 'good') as it's unsaturated fats, as opposed to saturated fats that affect the LDL cholesterol ('bad' that causes lining in the blood vessels). The difference is in knowing what cholesterol is being affected by the foods you eat, and that was left unspecified in my comment, and left as a general 'cholesterol' comment, as some people have issues with different types of cholesterol (ie last physical my bad cholesterol was at a good level, but my good cholesterol was at a bad level), so my bad on not getting into the technicals of it. The word cholesterol in general tends to tweak people out apparently.


there is actually a good amount of saturated fat in eggs as well - and no, it does not raise you LDL like previously believed.

here's the kicker - do eggs (and most foods) affect your cholesterol levels? yes, and most whole foods affect your cholesterol in a positive way. however, 95% of the time when people hear the word cholesterol in the same sentence as a food item, they instantly become paralyzed with fear of said food item, so while I am prone to hyperbole, I use it because I'd rather have people understand that eggs won't HURT them, than bog things down with minutiae. Besides, the minutiae comes about anyway over the course of a thread, but in my book making a very clear "eggs will not hurt you" statement has its place. IMO of course.
  20419576
May 10, 2013 7:51 AM
Ha ha ha.....when I don't use the yolks .......my pets benefit from it. Not often tho.
May 10, 2013 7:53 AM
One whole egg is only about 70 calories. Yolks contain most of the nutrition and all of the taste for an egg!
  29288446
May 10, 2013 7:54 AM
Unless you:
A. Don't like them.
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B. The doctor said to cut them out.
Then there is no real reason to cut them out. I normally have 1 egg and then 1 serving egg whites for breakfast, but sometimes I do have 2 eggs...and that is only about 140 calories. If you are so worried about that the 50 calories in the yokes are going to do to you, then how many eggs have you been eating? I can understand if you are knocking back 6 eggs a morning....after all that is a lot. But cutting the yoke out of the eggs to cut the calories I find pretty funny, when you could cut the empty calories instead (for example sodas and sweets).
May 10, 2013 7:54 AM
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I've cut down the amount of yolk I eat as the yolk can be a trigger for my IBS, but luckily I have 2 cats that love the yolk so it never goes to waste happy


I have a cat too...how do you feed yours the egg yolk?? I apparently waste a sh*t-ton of yolk (which is why I have bad cholesterol, apparently), so I could start feeding them to my cat....
  39990953
May 10, 2013 7:54 AM
I usually buy a carton of eggs and have one over easy on a piece of toast or something. But you can also buy little milk like containers of egg whites ( in Canada anyways, dunno what the rest of the world does) I eat egg whites almost every day, no fat or carbs. Just calories and protein! With lots of pepper, lol
  34589787
May 10, 2013 7:57 AM
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there's always a middle ground somewhere, you just have to look for it. the (positive) nutritional value of the yolk is indisputable- vitamins, proein, and good fats (yes, fat CAN be good), so i always look at what else im eating for breakfast (just an egg is not enough usually). if im only eating a scrambled egg, i leave the yolk. if the egg is part of a sandwich or an omelet , i just do white. just be careful youre still getting proper nutrition- a lot of times, people focus too much on calories and dont realise that theyre cutting out what their body really needs. if you eat a properly balanced diet, chances are you wont have to worry about dalories at all.


^^^ This!
I eat just whites when I'm making a sandwich or an omelette, but if the eggs are by themselves, I eat the whole egg.

I too, have high cholesterol, and my Doctor (not some stranger on the internet) told me to limit my whole egg intake to 2 a week, but I can have as many whites as I want. I wonder why a Doctor, who went to school longer than some of the posters in this thread have been alive, would recommend that if egg yolks have no effect on blood cholesterol levels? Taljk about face/plam...
Just sayin'


My doctor told me that dietary cholesterol has little effect on blood cholesterol levels, as do my med school and resident friends. Apparently opinions differ.
  3535168
May 10, 2013 7:58 AM
read skinny ***** or Skinny bastard ..eat the whole egg!!!!
May 10, 2013 8:02 AM
I've had 4 whole eggs today......love eggs!!!!!

Why throw the yolk away.....best part!!!!
May 10, 2013 8:02 AM
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are you one of those people who thinks all saturated fats are bad for you?
Nope, I've been for a decade a supporter of natural saturated fat consumption.
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why would you do such a thing if it adversely affects your blood cholesterol?


Where did I mention adversely?


ah. so you picked a fight for no reason.

got it.

carry on, y'all. nothing to see here. N actually agrees with me but felt like it was a good day to argue semantics. Typical.
No, you made a statement that is not true, and instead of asking why, you decided that your 15 minutes of research on the subject was good enough to hold up to scrutiny, which it wasn't.......do some research next time you make statements that emphatic.
May 10, 2013 8:03 AM
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are you one of those people who thinks all saturated fats are bad for you?
Nope, I've been for a decade a supporter of natural saturated fat consumption.
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why would you do such a thing if it adversely affects your blood cholesterol?


Where did I mention adversely?


ah. so you picked a fight for no reason.

got it.

carry on, y'all. nothing to see here. N actually agrees with me but felt like it was a good day to argue semantics. Typical.
No, you made a statement that is not true, and instead of asking why, you decided that your 15 minutes of research on the subject was good enough to hold up to scrutiny, which it wasn't.......do some research next time you make statements that emphatic.


see previous post
  20419576
May 10, 2013 8:03 AM
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are you one of those people who thinks all saturated fats are bad for you?
Nope, I've been for a decade a supporter of natural saturated fat consumption.
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why would you do such a thing if it adversely affects your blood cholesterol?


Where did I mention adversely?


Hahaha, I actually saw that coming.
  29487459
May 10, 2013 8:04 AM
I usually eat two eggs 4 times a week. At first I was only eating one of the yolks but then after reading lots of opinions on this I realized that the yolk wasn't bad for me. Get some more information before you skip the yolks :)
  35393626
May 10, 2013 8:04 AM
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I don't think there is enough of a calorie difference to warrant not eating the yolk. If that's why you are considering it, just eat the whole thing.


I disagree, the whole egg is double the calories.

I typically eat eggs and/or egg whites 4-5 days a week. I buy the cartons of egg whites (or Egg Beaters) and whole eggs. I typically mix 1/2 cup (the equivalent of two whole eggs) with one whole egg and scramble them up. Total calories is about 140 for the equivalent of three eggs, that's 70 calories less than three whole eggs and a great source of protein without sending cholesterol through the roof.

By the way, there is no such thing as "good cholesterol" but eating seven whole eggs a week isn't going to be bad for the average person. Eating 21 whole eggs would be a different scenario for the average person.

One other point to note--those "Eggies" really work and are a great way of making "hard boiled egg whites." Just be sure to get them well coated with a thin glaze of cooking spray or oil before you add the eggs, and be sure the tops are secure before putting them in the water.
  14778360
May 10, 2013 8:10 AM
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I prefer the whole egg because I'm pretty sure I would be a sad, bitter lady if my breakfast was so bland (I need some fat! Lol). But also, I'm a cheapskate and I just couldn't justify wasting half of a perfectly good egg!


Toss veggies or truffles in with those egg whites and you won't know the difference...
  14778360
May 10, 2013 8:12 AM
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I don't think there is enough of a calorie difference to warrant not eating the yolk. If that's why you are considering it, just eat the whole thing.


I disagree, the whole egg is double the calories.

I typically eat eggs and/or egg whites 4-5 days a week. I buy the cartons of egg whites (or Egg Beaters) and whole eggs. I typically mix 1/2 cup (the equivalent of two whole eggs) with one whole egg and scramble them up. Total calories is about 140 for the equivalent of three eggs, that's 70 calories less than three whole eggs and a great source of protein without sending cholesterol through the roof.

By the way, there is no such thing as "good cholesterol" but eating seven whole eggs a week isn't going to be bad for the average person. Eating 21 whole eggs would be a different scenario for the average person.

One other point to note--those "Eggies" really work and are a great way of making "hard boiled egg whites." Just be sure to get them well coated with a thin glaze of cooking spray or oil before you add the eggs, and be sure the tops are secure before putting them in the water.


why do you say that? I know people who eat a dozen eggs a DAY and whose cholesterol #s are fine.
  20419576
May 10, 2013 8:14 AM
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I understand the rationale of don't waste it, eat it (My family always had the motto of "never turn down food"...) and trying to change this mentality, but in this instance, getting a good solid breakfast is important. Unless you have worries about cholesterol, eat the whole egg. If 90-ish calories are a deal breaker for your calorie intake, I'd look at what else you're eating to make changes, or put in some extra exercise daily.
Remember, this is about healthy eating and making smart choices for life, not restricting your eating habits until you freak out and binge. You may take my unnecessary creamer from my cold dead hands, I eat healthy in other ways.


No. Eggs do NOT affect your cholesterol levels. No effect. NONE. Eat them regardless of whether or not you've got high cholesterol.

Sometimes your comments, while potentially true, are somewhat lacking in helpful information, why do eggs not affect cholesterol levels? Yes, they do have dietary cholesterol, and yes, it does affect your cholesterol, but not the 'bad' cholesterol that is the concern most people have.
The fat in eggs affect the HDL cholesterol (the 'good') as it's unsaturated fats, as opposed to saturated fats that affect the LDL cholesterol ('bad' that causes lining in the blood vessels). The difference is in knowing what cholesterol is being affected by the foods you eat, and that was left unspecified in my comment, and left as a general 'cholesterol' comment, as some people have issues with different types of cholesterol (ie last physical my bad cholesterol was at a good level, but my good cholesterol was at a bad level), so my bad on not getting into the technicals of it. The word cholesterol in general tends to tweak people out apparently.


there is actually a good amount of saturated fat in eggs as well - and no, it does not raise you LDL like previously believed.

here's the kicker - do eggs (and most foods) affect your cholesterol levels? yes, and most whole foods affect your cholesterol in a positive way. however, 95% of the time when people hear the word cholesterol in the same sentence as a food item, they instantly become paralyzed with fear of said food item, so while I am prone to hyperbole, I use it because I'd rather have people understand that eggs won't HURT them, than bog things down with minutiae. Besides, the minutiae comes about anyway over the course of a thread, but in my book making a very clear "eggs will not hurt you" statement has its place. IMO of course.

I can agree with that. And I don't mind if you tell me I'm wrong, I fully believe that some of us have kept up with the common misconceptions (which is what makes them common), and don't bother to fact check everything (it gets a little insane sometimes). Just explain why I'm incorrect, not just "noooooooo, wrong". :D
And I eat the whole egg. Probably too many eggs when it comes down to it, but they are delicious.
May 10, 2013 8:16 AM
I don't like yolks either, so I eat 4 egg whites, more protein than one whole egg and about the same amount of calories.
May 10, 2013 8:18 AM
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[why do you say that? I know people who eat a dozen eggs a DAY and whose cholesterol #s are fine.


They are probably genetically predisposed to low cholesterol. I've spoken to a doctor and a registered dietician about this, both caution that the average adult should not eat more than one whole egg a day (or seven per week).
  14778360
May 10, 2013 8:20 AM
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[why do you say that? I know people who eat a dozen eggs a DAY and whose cholesterol #s are fine.


They are probably genetically predisposed to low cholesterol. I've spoken to a doctor and a registered dietician about this, both caution that the average adult should not eat more than one whole egg a day (or seven per week).


I'm not genetically predisposed to low cholesterol and my levels are fine. I eat probably a mere dozen duck eggs a week, and I'm not even including the cholesterol from my 2 pounds of beef a week I eat.
  29487459
May 10, 2013 8:23 AM
I think some people are here just to argue and prove a point. All of this has stemmed from a question about eggs... Eggs, people! We're not talking politics, abortions, war etc...
Anyway, my 2 cents: I tried to cut out all yolk for a while. I almost feel like I lost more weight when I began eating them again! Listen to your doctor. If they say don't eat them bc of a certain reason, don't eat them. If they say they are fine, enjoy them! I eat the whole egg and my cholesterol level is just fine. Different bodies might react differently. Shouldn't Cheerios lower cholesterol levels? Eggs and Cheerios, there you go tongue
  36821676
May 10, 2013 8:24 AM
whole egg
  25167640
May 10, 2013 8:26 AM
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I'm not genetically predisposed to low cholesterol and my levels are fine. I eat probably a mere dozen duck eggs a week, and I'm not even including the cholesterol from my 2 pounds of beef a week I eat.


Good for you. I'm going to defer to the advice of a medical doctor and registered dietician over someone on the Internet who might not have even finished 7th grade for all I know.

By the way, things can catch up with you later in life.
  14778360

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