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Eggs whites vs. whole eggs when eating 6+ eggs a day

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Created August 07, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Hi guys, I'm tracking my nutrition via cronometer.com and it shows that today I'll have eaten 1660mg of cholesterol (and that's mostly from 8 eggs). It also shows that its 550% of daily recommended value!

I remember reading somewhere that cholesterol is actually good for you (or at least a certain type), and that the general recommendations were incorrect. What's the Paleo opinion?

And should I just forgo the yolks past the 3rd or 4th egg?

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2688 · August 07, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The whites are complete protein but empty protein. In other words they have very little nutritional value beyond protein. If you are limiting your protein intake its much better to get your protein from sources that also have a good source of micronutrients.

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104 · August 07, 2012 at 2:37 PM

What's wrong with the whites? Aren't they some of the best protein around?

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18635 · August 07, 2012 at 1:50 PM

+1 Yeah, if anything forgo the whites.

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7292 · August 07, 2012 at 11:49 AM

So very true. The yolk is a nutrition powerhouse. Same here, I eat a lot of eggs and have perfect cholesterol numbers.

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3661 · August 07, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I worry far less about the yolks than the whites of eggs. Allergy and autoimmune issues are much more an issue with egg whites.

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11557 · August 07, 2012 at 6:01 AM

If anything, most people are more bothered by whites more then yolks, so I would be more inclined to throw some yolks in with fewer whites. Yolks are an amazing source of nutrients, and essential if you are not eating organ meats regularly.

Paleo is pro-cholesterol, but even within the context of conventional wisdom they are starting to say that they come out "neutral" in terms of cholesterol. I would recommend checking out some of the great Paleo resources, like perfect health diet, primal blueprint, hunt gather love, chris kresser etc to get more info on cholesterol.

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3661 · August 07, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I worry far less about the yolks than the whites of eggs. Allergy and autoimmune issues are much more an issue with egg whites.

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2393 · August 07, 2012 at 5:40 AM

I've been eating the whole egg for years. And 4-6 a day, at that. My cholesterol has been perfect every time it's been tested. Stick with the whole eggs. If I was going to get rid of any part of the egg, it would actually be the whites, and I'd just eat the yolk! Eat away and enjoy.

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7292 · August 07, 2012 at 11:49 AM

So very true. The yolk is a nutrition powerhouse. Same here, I eat a lot of eggs and have perfect cholesterol numbers.

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1144 · August 07, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I usually eat 4-5 eggs per day. The USRDA for cholesterol is completely bogus. Your body needs cholesterol to make many hormones, including Testosterone!

All the goodness of eggs is in the yolks. The protein you get from egg whites are OK, obviously, but why pass up all the vitamins and minerals, cholesterol, etc. of the yolks.

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20353 · August 07, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Whole eggs or just the yolks. I often eat just the yolks...

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2688 · August 07, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The whites are complete protein but empty protein. In other words they have very little nutritional value beyond protein. If you are limiting your protein intake its much better to get your protein from sources that also have a good source of micronutrients.

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104 · August 07, 2012 at 2:37 PM

What's wrong with the whites? Aren't they some of the best protein around?

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18635 · August 07, 2012 at 1:50 PM

+1 Yeah, if anything forgo the whites.

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