For decades the prevailing health sentiments espoused by the diet industry included a statement that egg yolks were detrimental to our health because eating them skyrocketed our cholesterol. It is strange though, because egg yolks are indeed a natural food and most people love the taste of them.
For Years Egg Yolks Were Reviled By The Medical Community
This idea of their harmful effect bubbled up from an era in which there was no differentiation between good and bad cholesterol . Then that misinformation was coupled with the misconception that cholesterol levels were entirely due to our ingestion of high cholesterol foods. So doctors and the medical and health industry decided to issue the warnings about our yellow friend. So, egg yolks for years were off limits to serious dieters and serious athletes.
Athletes Thought Muscular and Lean Meant No Egg Yolks In The Diet
Until recently, the person in search of a nice set of segmented abs rarely partook in the eating of egg yolks. We just didn’t connect fitness, leanness and health with the eating of egg yolks. Ironically, I can remember my health conscious grandmother always telling me as a kid that there was nothing wrong with a little egg yolk — that in fact they were goof for you. She was a health food pioneer and was well ahead of the curved in true nutritional knowledge.
Even still in weight training and natural bodybuilding circles athletes tend to suck down egg whites while at the same time discarding the yokes. But since the initial unfounded bad PR was leveled against egg yolks in the 1970′s – there’s been an entirely new slough of science that shows that in fact – an uncooked egg yoke (like in a morning sunny side up egg) is not harmful at all. To the contrary, yolks in moderation are good for our metabolism and overall health including cardiovascular activity and even our vision.
In Fact, Egg Yolks Are Good For Our Overall Health and Fitness
Egg yolks are an excellent source of vitamin D, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin A. But it even gets better than that. Turns out that the old standby yellow blob donated by Chickypoo the Chicken is an excellent source of important minerals including iron, potassium and calcium and no less than selenium too!
Now who would think that a poor yellow yolk that has been reviled for years was really just trying to give us a good does of supplements required for good health? Not me. I thought it was the other way around. Now the research shows that this notion was just plain wrong! Now this doesn’t mean you should start gorging on egg yolks.
But most research shows that unless your doctor says otherwise because of some heart condition or cardiovascular disease etc. — a couple of egg yolks a week are good for you. The average person can think sunny thoughts when they look at their sunny side up egg. And as always, this blog post is opinion and you have to do your own research and consult with your own health professionals to make your own decisions about your overall health.
So go out and muscle up and lean down! It’s no yolking matter!