5 Surprising Benefits Of Egg Whites

Surprising benefits of egg whites.

For most of us, the standard answer to anyone who asks us what we’ve had for breakfast is “eggs.” They’re versatile, convenient, affordable, and delicious. But, most importantly, they’re healthy.

Fitness bloggers, body builders, and nutritionists all offer varying opinions on how and which part of eggs you should eat. Some say it’s the yolk that’s the most nutritious, while some believe it’s the whole egg. While eggs in themselves are good for you, we’ve got a few reasons why you should consider opting for egg whites.


What Is Egg White?

Before we go on to list the benefits of egg white, it’s important that we discuss what it is. Egg white is the clear liquid that is contained within the egg, holding the yolk in place. It makes up for about two-thirds of the egg’s liquid weight.

A good way to tell if egg white is fresh is to check if the chalazae, the strands of egg white that hold the yolk in place, are prominent or not. It isn’t safe to consume raw egg whites due to the risk of it being contaminated with Salmonella or other bacteria.1 If you’d like to store egg whites then they stay stay fresh in the freezer for 12 months and in the fridge for 2–4 days.2 Here’s why we think you should make an egg white omelet for breakfast tomorrow.


Benefits Of Egg Whites

1. High-Protein Content

Egg whites contain more than half the entire egg's protein content.

Eggs are the poster child for protein-rich foods, but egg whites contain more than half of the entire egg’s protein. To be specific, 100 grams of eggs have 12.56 grams of protein, and 100 grams of egg whites have 10.90 grams of protein.3 4


Studies show that egg white protein supplementation leads to a high resistance muscle strength.5 A high protein breakfast such as that of egg whites is also linked to increased satiety and improved diet quality.6 Even when it comes to pregnancy, high protein foods are believed to lead to fewer birth defects and complications.7 So, it might be a good time to watch those tutorial videos on how you can separate egg whites from a whole egg.

2. Zero Cholesterol

Egg whites have no cholesterol or fat and are safe for heart patients.


With news of the dangers of cholesterol being reported all around us, deciding what to eat can get confusing. And, if you suffer from heart disorders and high cholesterol, there’s a good chance you don’t buy any product without triple checking the label.

Fortunately, egg whites are low in fat and cholesterol. This is because all of the cholesterol and fat content in eggs is present in the yolk.


This makes them a good option for people with heart disease and diabetics, who can’t eat too many eggs due to the risk of developing high cholesterol. Studies also show that regular consumption of egg whites is linked to lowered levels of cholesterol.8 So, whenever you can, substitute an egg for two egg whites instead.9 10

3. Low Calories

The low calorie content of egg whites makes them a good diet food.


If you’re watching your weight, or looking to cut down on fat to build more muscle, then egg whites are a good option. Egg white in 1 large egg accounts for about only 17 calories. Combine this with it’s nutritional profile and high protein content, and you’ve got yourself a great diet food.11

4. Collagen And Hyaluronic Acid Content

Couldn't find a picture for both but they benefit skin and joints.


The benefits of egg whites go beyond nutrition. Collagen and hyaluronic acid, sourced from eggshell membrane in egg whites benefit skin and joints significantly.12

Studies show that they reduce wrinkles and hydrate skin, hence being instrumental in younger looking skin.13 Further studies show that they reduce stiffness, pain, and connective tissue disorders, including pain caused by osteoarthritis. If you do suffer from any of these joint and tissue disorders, do consult your doctor and incorporate more egg whites into your diet.14 15

5. High Potassium Content

Lastly, egg whites are high in potassium.

Within the nutritional profile of eggs, egg whites are rich in potassium, with 100 grams containing 163 milligrams of the nutrient. The recommended intake of potassium is 4700 mg a day.16

Potassium is important for nerve and muscle function. It also regulates heartbeat, blood pressure, and cell functioning.17 Statistics show that Americans have too little potassium, with the average being  2640 mg per day. So, get your natural source of this nutrient from egg whites.18

Studies show that most people who are allergic to eggs in general could tolerate cooked egg whites.19 But, if you are allergic to eggs, do consult a professional before you try them. All in all though, when had in moderation, egg whites can add significantly to a healthy diet.