How many of you are under the habit of ditching egg yolks and eating only the egg whites when you are on a weight loss diet? As it turns out, this might not be the best thing to do as eggs, whole eggs to be specific, are one the healthiest and most versatile foods on the planet! While egg whites contain all the protein, it is the egg yolks that contain other essential nutrients like Vitamin A, D, E, K, B12, folate, choline and even the beneficial antioxidant lutein.
Eggs on keto diet: why eggs are ideal keto food
The best part about eggs and their nutrient profile is that they can rightly be called as the ideal keto food! It is the perfect low carb, high fat and high protein food, that can be used for multiple purposes in the kitchen.
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The number of possibilities with eggs are numerous. Beat them up with onion, tomatoes, and some cheese for a delicious omelette, or make them scrambled with some olive oil… you cannot help but love eggs. What’s better is that they are easily available and are super cheap. Eggs are definitely among the few of the healthy comfort food options that you can resort to anytime, anywhere, even if you are on a keto or other weight loss diet.
Nutritionally speaking, one large egg contains less than 1 gm carbs, 5 gms of fat and around 6 gms of protein. This nutrient profile is ideal for a ketogenic lifestyle.
Protein in egg whites trigger feeling of fullness and keeps blood sugar levels stable. This will help in reducing your calorie intake for around 24 hours.
Antioxidants in egg yolks, especially lutein and zeaxanthin are good for eye health. It is the egg yolk which contains good fat, another essential requirement of ketogenic lifestyle.
Meanwhile, most misconceptions about eggs arise from its cholesterol content. However, consuming the cholesterol through eggs make the liver produce less cholesterol. Studies say that eating an egg or two in a day with neither affect your cholesterol levels nor will increase risks of heart disease.
So for all those on keto or low-carb diets, are you eating enough eggs? If not, then start right away!
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