Does anyone really like an egg white omelet? Maybe not, but someone said “cholesterol” and ruined everything ;)
Here’s the best reason ever to have a whole egg omelet: the vitamin D in the yolk. Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Other foods which contain vitamin D are cheese, cod liver oil, beef liver and fatty fish like tuna, salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel. However, the amount of vitamin D in these foods is quite small. In the U.S., many people get the bulk of their dietary vitamin D from foods that are fortified with it, including milk, cereals and certain brands of yogurt and orange juice.
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. According to the USDA, whole eggs contain 41 IU of vitamin D per serving. The Institute of Medicine has placed the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, for vitamin D at 600 international units (IU) per day for young adults and 800 IU per day for adults older than 70.
So, whether you like eggs sunny side up, scrambled or as an omelet, the egg yolk is good for your health. Enjoy!
Dr Charles Preston is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He is the director of the LeanMD program at Muir Ortho, a doctor supervised age management and weight loss program.
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Dr. Preston is the director of the LeanMD weight loss program at MOS, and is accepting new patients. For more information call our office (925) 939-8585.