Are Eggs Healthy For You?
You may not know all these fun facts about eggs. Eggs are a near perfect food with a balance of protein and nutrients. Whip whites to add air to dishes, use the yellow to add a creamy richness, or mix them together to hold things together. Yolk color is determined by what the bird eats. Deep yellow to orange egg yolks are richer in carotenoids. Yolks contain about ½ the egg’s protein and all of the fat as well as most of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The whites contain protein and no fat.
Contrary to what you may have heard, eggs do not increase bad cholesterol, nor do they increase the risk of heart disease or stroke for the average person who is not at high risk. Bad cholesterol, LDL, is based upon what you eat (or don’t eat). (Hu, F.B., M.J. Stampfer, et al. 1999) (JAMA 281 (15):1387-94.) The breed of the hen determines shell color. Egg color is simply an aesthetic preference.