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This is an index of the health notes included in recipes. These short tidbits of information can help answer questions on everything from Omega-3 Fats in fish to whether to cook chicken with the skin on or not. Want to know about garlic and cholesterol? Is it okay to eat eggs or not? It's all here.


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Fat and Cholesterol in Eggs (Whites vs. Yolks)

A brown egg, broken open and showing the whole yolk

Eggs have gotten a bad rap. This is the result of a time when everyone thought that cholesterol was the bad guy and not saturated fat. Certainly, any healthy recipe can use eggs, but like any ingredient they are used with care.

It is the egg yolk that has all of the fat and cholesterol. Each egg yolk has about 5 grams of fat and 300 mg of cholesterol while the whites have none. But the yolks have the properties that help with thickening sauces, baking, making custards and the like, so they are necessary in cooking great food.

The white is mostly protein and has completely different properties. Whites add volume as in a soufflé or in baked goods. They also make great coatings for breaded foods and the like.

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