Are Egg Whites Healthy?


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Egg whites are an inexpensive source of high-quality protein, and they contain no saturated fat nor cholesterol. Egg whites also provide selenium, vitamins B6, B12 and D and the minerals iron, copper and zinc. One large egg white has about 3.6 grams of protein and 17 calories.

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Egg white contains about 40 types of protein, of which more than half is ovalbumin, a storage protein, and an eighth is ovotransferrin, which binds iron. Some people are allergic or intolerant to egg whites. Raw egg whites may contain Salmonella bacteria; therefore, make sure that the egg whites are thoroughly cooked and are not runny.

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