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Apr 9, 2013 08:03 PM

Hard Boiled Eggs

I love to eat hard boiled eggs, but I do not eat the yolk ( I do not like the flavor of it) Is eating the white parts healthy? And how often is it okay to eat them?

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  1. What do you mean "healthy"? The white isn't UNhealthy. You can eat lots of egg whites without harmful effects. You will be getting most of the protein in the egg with essentially none of the fat and cholesterol, and the smaller share of the calories. But you will not be getting the nutrients which are present only in the yolk.

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    1. re: GH1618

      I only eat the yolk if I am making scrambled eggs, yes I know I am a picky eater. Basically I was just needing to know if eating the whites was unhealthy. Thank you GH1618

      1. re: GH1618

        There is also the "whole foods" theory. The nutrients in the egg white cannot be fully utilized without the nutrients in the egg yolk and vice versa.

        1. re: shoo bee doo

          There are a lot of flake "theories" being bandied about. I used quotation marks because that is only a hypothesis, not a theory.

          1. re: shoo bee doo

            "There is also the "whole foods" theory"

            Which is why I always put cow horns on my cheese sandwich.

            1. re: NE_Wombat

              ground beef under the cheese works well too!

        2. Eggs should never be boiled, hard or not. Put eggs in a pan of cold water with a splash of vinegar (the vinegar keeps any egg white from a cracked egg together) bring the eggs to a boil, turn the heat off and cover the eggs, Do not disturb for 15 mins. You will have perfectly cooked eggs. Firm yolks, no green ring and tender but cooked whites,

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          1. re: Candy

            That is exactly how I make them.

            1. re: Candy

              Or you can cook them in 60% of the time by putting the eggs in cold water with PLENTY of salt, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and gently boil for 10 minutes.

              I used to bring to a boil, shut off and wait 15 minutes...then wondered why I wasted that extra 5 minutes when I can cook them just as perfectly in less time. 30% time savings works for me.

              The salt allows the shell to peel off uber easy.

              1. re: JayL

                No need to wait more than 12 minutes after you get to the boil (and then shut off the heat).

                1. re: JayL

                  I found no difference between soak in boiling hot water and the constant boil method.

                  I now boil large eggs for 7 to 8 minutes.

                  Saves 50% the time from what I used to do with the soaking method.

                  1. re: dave_c

                    I would probably do 8 minutes too, but my wife does not like even the slightest hint of anything not cooked in the yolk. My 10 minute suggestion guarantees it is fully cooked through yet yields zero (0) discoloration. It makes the perfect egg "for her".

                    I'm with you with the 7-8 minute boil...past the soft boiled stage, but you may still see the slightest spot in the center of the yolk that isn't completely dry.

                    I got tired of recooking eggs for her so I went to 10 minutes and didn't look back! LoL

                    1. re: JayL

                      I fully understand. I also have a boss to please. lol

              2. Ksmburns, this is a question for a doctor, not Chowhounds. The next time you're at your doctor's office, ask him or her how often you can eat eggwhites. We don't know your medical history here, nor your allergies or nutritional needs.

                Also, if you don't eat the yolk, you don't love hard boiled eggs. You love egg whites. Out of curiosity, what do you do with the yolks, throw them away?

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                1. re: pinehurst

                  I dont throw them away, I only hard boil eggs when I am making eggs for the family, I usually use the yolks in some ham salad, or chicken salad along with some of the other hard boiled eggs. I dont like the flavor of the yolk.

                  1. re: ksmburns

                    Ksmburns, if you're making them infrequently it shouldn't be an issue. I can't imagine any problem from eggwhite unless you had an albumin allergy, which you've have known about by now.

                    So it's the taste, not the texture...I was going to ask if it was the velvety, clingy mouth-feel of the hard boiled yolk, as compared to a sunny side up egg, but I'm guessing that if it's the taste that gets you, you don't eat them sunny side up. That's cool. To each his/her own.

                2. Why don't you just simplify things and buy Egg-Beaters or some other brand of egg whites in a carton? The whites are low in fat and calories and are a staple for serious weight-loss dieters so unless your physician finds some reason to limit/avoid them, you should be able to eat as much as you want.

                  1. I have a friend who eats 12 egg whites a day....he's very healthy, and a dedicated athlete.
                    They're very high in protein and low in fat.
                    Unless a person's allergic to the egg white, or shouldn't be consuming alot of protein for health reasons, I can't imagine there being anything wrong with eating them *and* of course it's always good to check with an MD.