Are egg whites bad for you if you have type 2 diabetes?
With diabetes, it is important to include lean protein sources in your meal plan. Egg whites or egg substitutes are both good sources of lean protein.
The yolk is the part of an egg that contains all of the cholesterol and fat. So when you only eat the egg white, you are still getting about the same amount of protein without the fat and cholesterol. You are also getting less calories. Egg whites will still work to make omelets, frittatas, scrambled eggs, etc. In fact, you can choose to replace some or all of the eggs with egg whites in most recipes (use ¼ cup of egg substitute or two egg whites for one whole egg).
You can also choose to include whole eggs in your meal plan. They are still a good source of protein when compared to many meats, but they provide more calories, fat, and cholesterol than just the egg white. You don’t want to have two whole eggs for breakfast every morning, but having up to 3 eggs throughout the week is fine for most people.
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