Should I Be Eating Egg Yolks Every Day?

Poached eggs on toast and sunnyside up eggs with avocado.
In addition to half the egg's protein, the yolk contains vitamin D, phosphorus, riboflavin, choline, and selenium. (Image: KucherAV/iStock/Getty Images)

In an earlier article I revealed that one of my weight-maintenance tricks is to eat a whole egg as a morning snack pretty much every single day (hard-boiled or deviled). Eggs keep me feeling full, and the protein keeps my cravings in check. Plus, the yolks contain most of the nutrients, including vitamin D.

But I still see "egg white omelets" on menus at popular restaurants, and I’m wondering why some people are still avoiding eating the yolks? I started thinking: "Is it healthy for me to be eating egg yolks every day? Could this actually be a dangerous habit?”

To get an expert opinion, I consulted registered dietitian, Kelly Plowe, M.S., R.D. Here's what she told me:

“If I were to create a top 10 superfoods list, eggs would hands-down make this list every single time. There is irony in this because for so long the egg was one of the most misunderstood foods (believed at one point to contribute to heart disease), which research has now cleared up.

Poached egg and avocado on toast.
I love egg yolks, but are they healthy? (Image: Downloadperkins07/iStock/Getty Images)

“Eggs, specifically egg whites, have become a mainstay in many diets thanks to their lean, satiating protein. Many people are still surprised to learn however, that the yolk itself has about 3 grams of protein, almost half of the protein found in an entire egg. The yolk is also where all of the cholesterol (about 185mg) is found. The American Heart Association recommends keeping cholesterols intake to less than 300mg a day, which makes including an egg everyday, as part of an overall healthy diet doable.

I'm an advocate of including the yolk because this is where the majority of the nutrition in the egg is found. Aside from protein, the yolk is packed with vitamin D, phosphorus, riboflavin, choline, and selenium in addition to a number of other vitamins and minerals.”

Kelly’s expert info definitely made me feel confident that eating an egg a day (yolk and all) was A-OK. But what if I wanted to eat more than one egg in a meal?

“To enjoy more eggs in your day,” Kelly says, “I'm a fan of the 3:1 ratio — three egg whites to one entire egg.”

This is a tasty and filling scramble using the 3:1 ratio - three egg whites to one entire egg.
This is a tasty and filling scramble using the 3:1 ratio - three egg whites to one entire egg. (Image: MelissaAnneGalleries/iStock/Getty Images)

Here's one of Kelly’s go-to egg breakfasts that will keep you full until lunchtime:

Kelly’s Veggie Protein Scramble

(For calories, protein and full nutritional information, here is the link to the recipe we created in LIVESTRONG.COM's MyPlate Calorie Tracker.)

Serves: 1

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