Benefits of White Foods – Egg Whites and White Tea

Egg white omelette

Chucking the yolk and whipping up an egg white only omelette has been all the rage for some time, although the hype is somewhat fading. That may have a lot to do with the fact, that an egg white omelette just tastes bland. Mushrooms, spinach or cheese could be added to enhance the flavor, but it’s the egg white omelette on its own that’s supposed to be so good for your health. However, food should not only be healthy but also fun. Is it worth the flat taste?

The function of the ‘white’ as part of the egg is to act as protection and source of nutrition for the yolk to help it grow. Growth depends on protein and the egg white is packed with it. An average egg white contains the following: (approx. values depending on the size of the egg) 16 calories, 3gr. of protein, 2mg of calcium, 4 mg of phosphorus, 55 mg of sodium and 54 mg of potassium. Egg whites as opposed to egg yolks have more riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, which is essential for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and protein. Whites contain more niacin as well. Niacin is known as vitamin B3 which helps detox the body by opening blood vessels and thus lowering the cholesterol level. What made egg white only omelettes so popular is the absence of fat and cholesterol and a high level of potassium. Potassium is a mineral vital for the correct functioning of the kidneys as well as heart, muscles and the digestive tract. Other than the above, egg whites have no further nutrients or vitamins worth mentioning.

Let’s look at the value of the yolk. The biggest reason for discarding egg yolk is the fact that it contains fat and cholesterol. It mustn’t be forgotten though, that cholesterol is needed by the body for building sex and adrenal hormones and is important for the proper functioning of the liver and the entire nervous system. The same considerations apply to fat. It’s only an excess which is unhealthy. On the other hand, egg yolk is rich in fat-soluble vitamins like B12 and fatty acids like omega3DHA. The substantial health benefits of both have already been discussed in other articles on this site.

On the whole, there is no particular reason why egg white only omelettes should be consumed for a healthy diet. Much of the health ingredients are contained in a balanced diet anyway. Bananas and avocados, for example, are a great source of potassium. A whole egg, whether boiled, poached, fried or as an omelette now and then, seems to be more beneficial than the bland variety.

White Tea

The consumption of white tea is one of the newest trends in healthy food. Although known in China since the Ming Dynasty, it has only recently made its way to Europe and the US. ‘Silver Needles’ is the name of the top class type of white tea. Its made only from the buds of the tea plant (from which every variety of tea, except herbal tea, stems) plucked shortly before opening. At that stage, the buds are covered with a silvery fuzz which turns white when they are dried. Contrary to other methods of tea production, the buds are steamed and not air dried and not fermented at all. Leaving the tea buds so close to their natural state is the cause for the benefits of white tea.

It contains more polyphenol than any other kind of tea. Polyphenol is an anti oxidant which helps fight cancer cells. White tea supposedly also builds up the body’s immune system. Obviously, there are more health benefits in white tea than there are in egg whites.

This post is part of the series: “White” Foods – Genuine Health Benefits of just Myth?

Learn about the advantages or disadvantages of white foods such as: egg white, white tea, white chocolate, white bread, rice and sugar and white meat and fish. Health benefits of white fruit like coconut and bananas. Balance between truth and myth.
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