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Mailbag: Why do bodybuilders eat the egg white and leave the yolk?

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k2-_1a670dff-e5a3-4f3b-b322-5abe22faac4c.v1You hear about it all the time, people are always recommending egg whites because they are apparently good for you. Walk into any grocery store and you’ll see the cartons of egg whites available to buy in pretty much any quantity. But why not the yolk too? Well believe it or not we tend to get this question a lot and the best part is it comes down to simple math. Right, let’s get to it!

In order to really understand we must look at the nutrient breakdown of both the egg white and the egg yolk. Check out the table:

Egg White Egg Yolk
– 17 calories
– 0.06g fat (3%)
– 0.24g carbs (5%)
– 3.6g protein (92%)
– 55 calories
– 4.51g fat (74%)
– 0.61g carbs (4%)
– 2.7g protein (22%)

So right off the bat simple math tells us that egg whites are way easier to fit into macros and they contain a lot of value for the calories. This is why most body builders will stick to the egg whites and forget about the yolk, but that isn’t to say that egg yolks don’t contain great nutrients too. In fact, the yolk is a fantastic source of choline helps with recovery, muscle building, and even brain development so it’s not exactly easy to completely ignore the yolk either.

At the end of the day do what works best for your plan!

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