Re: Egg yolk and other high fat items
12/08/11 06:33 AM
Generally speaking it is the fat content of the entire meal and egg yolks are removed to reduce the fat content. There is nothing else unusual about egg yolk. However, some people remove egg yolks from their diets to reduce cholesterol (see Are chicken eggs good or bad for my cholesterol at the Mayo Clinic Web site ).
A large egg contains about 5 grams of fat in the yolk which is equivalent to a teaspoon of EVOO. The yolk contains about 45 calories. As you say if you ate it with about 150 calories of non-fat food such as medium size boiled potato you would only be getting 25% of calories from fat.
It is claimed that eggs contain difficult to digest protein. I have not been able to confirm this claim in the research or nutrition literature. Many sources such as Common questions about eggs from the University of Kentucky say soft boiled eggs are easy to digest.
However, something else you might consider is that eggs are on the list of food that are commonly found with food intolerances so it is a potential trigger from that perspective. For this reason it is often recommend that eggs be removed from the diet of individuals with IBS for a couple of weeks to see if it produces an improvement in symptoms.
Like all things to do with IBS it is likely something you will have to experiment with to see how it works for you.
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