Hi there! This is Dr. Dave Heber, founding director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. I’m talking to you today about diets that don’t work, and here’s another one called the egg diet. Now, the idea about eggs is pretty good in terms of the fact that egg white has a very high-quality protein in it and doesn’t have much fat at all. Egg yolks have a number of vitamins–B, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin A. What is in the egg yolk depends on what the chicken ate, so there are actually chickens that they feed fish oils, or omega-3, to get an omega-3 rich egg. The problem with the egg diet is a single egg only has about 6 grams of protein, so for a breakfast you have to eat four egg whites to get 24 grams of protein, and maybe you add in one egg yolk for taste.
That would be fine if you’re going to cook your eggs using a minimal amount of fat, usually a healthy fat like olive oil. But eggs by themselves are not going to cause weight loss, so always eat a balanced diet if you’re watching your weight. Have eggs for taste. Have eggs for protein. They are healthy food, but don’t rely on them for weight loss. This is Dr. Dave Heber. We’ll see you next time! .