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The Truth About Egg Yolks

The Truth About Egg Yolks

Which part of the egg is best for your gut biome and cholesterol? Find out the truth about eggs.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To deliver a yolk to the other side—and yolks are no joke. We reported on the JAMA study that eating 300mg of dietary cholesterol daily from eggs was associated with a 17 percent increase in your risk of cardiovascular disease. One egg has around 187mg of cholesterol, all of it from the yolk. Well, here’s another big reason to stick with egg whites (we love ‘em).

Research reveals that egg yolks not only elevate levels of lousy LDL cholesterol and wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system by causing accumulation of artery-clogging plaque, they also can affect the good/bad bacteria balance your gut biome. And when the cholesterol bomb disrupts the biome, you end up with body-wide inflammation that is another cause of cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as a contributor to some cancers and dementia.

Plus: Your yolk-induced gut biome distress can also hurt your intestines themselves. Mice studies found elevated LDL levels lead to the rapid expansion of colon tumors. Other studies have shown that the high-fat, low-fiber western diet creates a pro-C. difficile environment. And when not kept in line by good gut bacteria, C. diff is a life-threatening infection; it affects more than 500,000 Americans every year.

So, ditch yolks for your heart and your guts; stick with egg whites. You’ll love Dr. Oz’s delicious all-day-egg-white omelet at DoctorOz.com. And if anyone asks you, “Why did the smart and healthy consumer cross the road?” you’ll know the answer. And if you’re still not sure, take this quiz to test your egg smarts.

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