It seems that more and more restaurants are offering egg white omelets as an alternative to regular ones. I know that egg yolks have fat and cholesterol but they make omelets taste so much better. Is it okay to include one yolk in with the whites?
Egg yolks have gotten a bad rap in recent years, undeservedly so. For years so-called nutrition experts have warned against eating egg yolks for their cholesterol content. They contend that by consuming the cholesterol in egg yolks a person will increase their serum cholesterol levels and increase their risk for arteriolsclerosis.
While yolks do contain cholesterol research has found that unless you have a predisposition for high cholesterol levels, eating a yolk or two a day will not adversely affect you. Quite the opposite, egg yolks are chock full of vitamins and minerals and all-important essential fatty acids. In fact, nutritionally speaking, egg yolks are far more valuable than are whites. If I had to choose one over the other I’d go with yolks most every time.
So the next time you order an omelet leave the yolks in, or if you’re trying to keep your fat intake down, ask the waiter if they can include on or two in your three-egg omelet. Not only will it taste better, but it will provide you with a much healthier meal.