I've been exploring vegan eating for health reasons more than moral ones. Please don't take this topic as an attack against you or your values, it's not ment to insult anyone or be taken personally.
It seems there are suppliments for most things that you might otherwise be missing as a person adjusts to a vegan diet, except for protein. I don't like beans, and I can't eat that many nuts, it's just way too many calories to try and get all my protein from that. I also don't know how I feel about Tofu and the "good/bad for you" argument, yet.
Now, when it comes to meat, I understand the health problems that comes from what's in the meat that affects the human body. However, it seems like there's a loophole in Eggwhites. I found this article recently, talking about chemicals and other problems with eggs, and here's the interesting part.
"Eating only the egg white:
Ethical concerns aside, would you say that was accurate?
I'm mostly vegan but do eat organic free-range eggs a couple of times a week. I would never, however, waste the yolk. Firstly because I think it's disrespectful to the chicken and a huge waste of food. In terms of health (since you asked): More recent studies have shown that the yolk is the healthiest part of the egg. Egg whites contain natural histamine and most people with allergies to eggs are actually allergic to the whites, not the yolk. THe histamine can generally be broken down through cooking, but the whites are still more likely to cause digestive disturbances. The yolk is also packed with nutrients-- it contains most vitamins and minerals, and a large egg yolk contains about 3 grams of the egg's protein. When you consider that the average egg only has about 6-7 grams, that's nearly half of an egg's protein value. The whites have really no other value than a low-calorie/low-fat protein source. They don't contain any of the valuable nutrients that the yolk does. And if you eat a relatively balanced diet, you don't need to worry about the miniscule amount of fat in an egg yolk. Studies also show that eggs have considerably less cholesterol than previously believed. In other words, I think if you are going to have an egg, you should eat the whole thing!
Hi Rebekah - I eat eggs once every 1-2 weeks. I always make sure that what I purchase is Certified Humane, and I do eat the whole egg. Regarding the nutritional breakdown, in addition to what RJ said I believe vitamin B12 is also found ONLY in the yolk, so that would be something else you'd be missing out on.
Hello there, I heard that not only vegans but regular meat eaters sometimes eat only egg whites because yolk contains a lot of cholesterine. I'm going to try being a vegan soon, I hope I'll figure out the ration right and egg whites is one of the things that will be in my dish:)
I have also heard that egg whites are great for our health and must be eaten daily. The egg yolk should be removed since they are not good for our health. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us though.
Actually there is a lot scientific evidence that egg yolks are full of lots of health benefits! Here are some of the vitamins that are to be found in egg yolks.
"A: good for the skin and growth.
D: Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D strengthens bones by raising calcium absorption.
E: protects cells from oxidation.
B1: helps properly release energy from carbohydrates.
B2: helps release energy from protein and fat.
B6: promotes the metabolism of protein.
B12: an essential vitamin in the formation of nerve fibers and blood cells.
Choline (one large egg has about 30 percent of your RDA).This nutrient that helps encourage normal cell structure and function as well as helps proper signaling of nerve cells and regular cells A study published this year found that women with a high intake of choline were 24 % less likely to get breast cancer.
Iron: essential in the creation of red blood cells.
Zinc: good for enzyme stability and essential in sexual maturation.
Calcium: most important mineral in the strengthening of bones and teeth.
Iodine: controls thyroid hormones.
Selenium: like vitamin E, it protects cells from oxidation.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Two antioxidants that have been shown to ward off macular degeneration, so are very beneficial for eye health."