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4 Reasons Why I always Eat the Egg Yolk

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[I wrote this post about why I always eat the egg yolks for Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs! All of the opinions and yolk eating are my own 😋

I remember back in my early twenties when I would peel a hardboiled egg, scrape out the yolk, and throw them it the trash so I could eat the white on its own. I was also regularly eating scrambled liquid egg whites (out of a carton). 

Looking back now, I think: 

  1. Throwing out the yolks was pretty wasteful, and 
  2. What the heck! I was missing out on SO much flavor and nutrition by tossing those yolks! 

I ALWAYS eat the yolks now, after learning a lot about real food and how our bodies work. I also always make sure to get good quality, organic eggs from healthy chickens — because that makes a huge difference on taste and nutrition. 

I’ve partnered up with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs to tell you guys about 4 reasons why I always eat those bright, sunny yolks!

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1. An egg is perfectly packaged by nature. 

Mother Nature is incredible, and wise. She has packaged eggs up perfectly for us to enjoy. 

Now, if you think of our ancestors hundreds and even thousands of years back, could you ever picture one of them separating the yolk from the white and THROWING THE YOLK AWAY?! No way! 

Whole eggs are a nearly perfect food, with almost every essential vitamin and mineral our bodies need to function. I think nature packages things together for a reason — for our bodies to use the nutrients synergistically. 

The egg white and the egg yolk came together, and that’s how I like to keep them! 

2. Egg yolks contain the majority of the egg’s nutrition. 

Back before I knew better, I thought that all of an egg’s protein was in the white. The white of a large egg does provide 3.6 grams of protein, but you’ll also find an additional 2.7 grams hanging out in the yolk. 

In addition to the protein, the yolk houses the vast majority of the egg’s micronutrients. Including all of the egg’s fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as a gold mine of other vitamins and minerals. 

Finally, egg yolks, specifically organic, are rich in choline. This key nutrient is vital for brain development, nerve functions, and healthy cell membranes. In fact, as much as 90% of the population may be deficient in choline, according to the last update of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Pregnant and lactating women are especially in need of dietary choline to protect the health and development of their babies.

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3. Egg yolks are one of the few foods naturally containing vitamin D. 

Vitamin D (aka the sunshine vitamin) is important for calcium absorption and bone health. It also plays a big role in cell health, immune function, GOOD MOOD, and optimal overall health. 

Our bodies absorb Vitamin D best in its natural form, but very few foods in nature contain it (which is one reason milk is fortified with synthetic Vitamin D.) 

The best natural sources are fatty fish, beef liver, cheese, and EGG YOLKS! 

4. Egg yolks are amazingly delicious. 

Last but not definitely not least. 

I remember the way scrambled egg whites tasted. I covered them in ketchup and hot sauce because they were lacking something…flavor? 

A beautiful, rich egg yolk from a healthy organic egg is one of life’s simple pleasures. In my opinion, when a whole food coming directly from nature (no processing involved) tastes so amazing, it is a gift to us. 

So be grateful for that gift and embrace the yolk in all of its beauty. But be sure you’re getting high quality eggs from healthy hens.

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs are never caged or given antibiotics or hormones. Their feed is 100% organic, and most important — they are incredibly delicious. The rich golden yolk is proof. 👍

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3 responses to “4 Reasons Why I always Eat the Egg Yolk”

  1. I, for one, have Never followed any of the foods fads that have been in the news over the years. When I was a child, some sixty-five + years ago, everyone was urged to stop eating butter because it supposedly wasn’t good for one, and eat margarine instead. My parents made the switch to that, along with Skim milk instead of whole milk, and probably other food items we were no longer supposed to eat for one reason or another.
    Fast forward to the early 1970s, when I moved to my aunt’s (my mom’s twin sister) home who raised a lot of her food, fruits, vegetables, milk from goats; used butter in cooking, and on bread and rolls; made bread and muffins, etc.
    I have never ‘followed the crowd’ so to speak, so over the years I have turned back to butter, 1% milk that tastes like whole milk, always ate the whole egg. On occasion have purchased organic, but mostly not, because of the cost. Have always used the whole egg, which is what got me into this comment originally.

    • That’s great I’m totally with you! I’m a big butter believer and buy whole milk for our house! It just makes intuitive sense to me to eat foods the way they come to us 🙂

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