Should I Eat Whole Eggs or Just Egg Whites

Eggs have a long and confusing nutritional past. They were good for you, then they were bad for you, now the possibly could be good for you again. What is the deal with eggs? Should you eat the whole egg? Should you just eat the whites? What about all that cholesterol in the yolk? I tackle all these questions this installment of Ask the Diet Doctor at

Q: Which is better: egg whites or eggs with yolks? Is eating whole eggs really bad for my health?

A: You can eat both, but opt for whole eggs first. Whole eggs have a long nutritional history of being good for you, then bad for you (during the low-cholesterol craze), and then good for you again. The main reason why eggs were placed in the “don’t eat” basket several decades ago was due to their high cholesterol and fat content; a large egg has 200 mg of cholesterol and 6 grams of fat. The belief was that by removing cholesterol from your diet, your cholesterol levels would go down – sounds like it makes sense, right?

Unfortunately, or fortunately, your body is much more complex than that. Over the past several decades research has revealed two important facts: Read the rest of this article at

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  1. mike goncalves September 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    How many should you eat daily?

    • Dr. Mike September 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

      I probably eat 6 per day. You don’t have to eat eggs everyday but for most people 2-3 eggs makes a decent sized omelet or scramble.

  2. Adnan October 22, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    Since I was 5 I have had eggs for breakfast and sometimes even for dinner. It used to be 2 eggs per day but now 3-4 is the standard. I was never worried about the cholesterol as I knew somehow it was all good. And I was not eating anything that had high cholesterol during the rest of the day.

    You eat 6 whole eggs? WOW! great news for me. I’d only go with 6 for my hard workout days. Thanks for the article.

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