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I was told its bad to fry eggs. Why?

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Updated October 18, 2014 at 4:13 AM
Created March 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Hey everyone. I eat 2-3 eggs a day and I am just curious why can't I fry them? Everyone says this is bad. I never eat fried foods but I do like fried eggs because the yokes are runny. It don't understand does it kill the nutrients or something?

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175 · March 20, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Fried egg whites stick to the pan like glue.

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2944 · March 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I do similar... Just throw the whites in after heating pan a bit then add the yolk after it's done, with liberal amounts of black pepper and salt... Sometimes tumeric good too... How do you tihnk scrambling whites makes a difference vis a vis them being just thrown in...?

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41422 · March 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM

I love making eggs by scrambling the whites then adding in the yolks. Best scrambled eggs ever. Though if you toss in a scoop of full fat ricotta, it's good too!

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245 · March 18, 2014 at 11:47 PM

I just cook my eggs over-easy. I try to keep the yolk as liquid as possible.

A neat thing I've heard someone say they did was put the whites in the pan, cook them to make an omlet type thing, then throw the yolks in on top for a few seconds to warm up. Or on that same note maybe scramble the whites and use the yolks as a topping/sauce?

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0 · March 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Thanks man. As opposed to soft scrambled. Which would you prefer?

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0 · March 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

My experience is most people are against frying because they're anti-fat. There is some debate about whether you should cook the yolks - better, perhaps, to eat yolks raw and cook the whites (is that the right way round? DYOR!) Personally I eat them fried, boiled, scrambled, poached and raw, so I think I have it covered. If I fry then it's very gently in olive oil or ghee - gently so as not to burn the oil.

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787 · March 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

If you like your yolks runny you should eat the yolks raw!

I find if you're gonna fry them use gentle/medium heat with coconut oil or clarified butter (ghee) for best results, I don't think that's unhealthy at all as long as there's no brown bits.

I only eat the yolks nowadays as i prefer to get my protein with lots of nutrients like from the yolks, or fish/meat

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5650 · March 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

i've never heard of this. i eat fried eggs about 3-4x a week.

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5201 · March 18, 2014 at 11:18 PM

If you want eggs with runny yolks you could soft boil or poach them.

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26172 · March 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM

It is bad to over-cook eggs. don't do that and you are good. over-cooking is mostly a concern of oxideized cholesterol (which I believe is still not definitively known how bad that is: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2621.1992.tb05420.x/abstract)

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245 · March 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

As opposed to what? Baking? Poaching?

I imagine the main reason people say frying is bad is because they're anti-fat. Here in paleo one might say that if they are thinking frying = high heat, or if they think you're going to use an oil that's easily oxidized.

Some may arguing cooking the yolk can oxidize the cholesterol.

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175 · March 20, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Fried egg whites stick to the pan like glue.

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0 · March 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Thanks man. As opposed to soft scrambled. Which would you prefer?

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