The Yolk’s on You

Food for Thought:

Did you know that egg yolks are one of the few foods that contain all of the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K)? Still, the lowly egg yolk continues to be much maligned, due to its relatively high cholesterol content. Although the American Heart Association recommends that adults limit their yolk consumption to no more than four per week, eggs are still a great source of high-quality protein. One way to keep your consumption of egg yolks down while increasing flavor is to mix one yolk in with several egg whites.

Cooking with eggs at this time of year can be a bit tricky. Egg salads and hard-cooked eggs should be kept refrigerated. When you are eating outdoors, keep eggs out of the heat to prevent spoilage.

To avoid the nonharmful but unsightly greenish-black tinge that can appear when eggs are hard-cooked, follow these simple steps. First, make sure you simmer your eggs, and never let them boil. Simmer eggs for 15 minutes, as cooking too long can cause yolk discoloration. After the eggs are done simmering, immerse them in cold water to minimize the release of sulfur gas, which can migrate to and stain the yolk.

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Diane Lofshult

IDEA Author/Presenter
Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight manag... more less
July 2008

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