Over the last several decades, we have been told that cholesterol in our foods is bad. If you eat too much, you would have a higher risk of having a heart attack. This concept was based on a rigged study done by Dr. Keys in the late 50s. This study has been used to demonstrate that animal proteins are bad for us. Interestingly enough, before he died, Dr. Keys admitted that is was wrong about this, that he fabricated the results. Today, we have hundreds of research studies convincingly showing that cholesterol consumption does not cause heart disease, but it is needed for optimum health.

One of the most controversial food when it comes to cholesterol is eggs. You have been told over and over that they are bad for you. But are they?

A few studies wanted to address this question. They wanted to see if eating the white only (which means that the participants did not eat the yolk that contains cholesterol) was better than eating the whole egg (which contains the full amount of cholesterol). The answer is straightforward: the white by itself did not bring any important benefits. The reason is that the yolk contains most of all the nutrients of the egg. The yolk contains calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin K, and DHA omega-3, among others. On the other side, it is well-known that the consumption of the white only leads to biotin deficiency, which can lead to hair loss.

In conclusion, the authors recommend avoiding the consumption of the egg white only, but to eat the whole egg, which is a complete source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is important to know that eggs do not cause heart disease and can be part of a healthy diet.

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