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Egg Whites vs. Egg Beaters


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I usually like to eat egg whites because I feel that they are more natural (and sometimes I don't like too much of the egg flavor). Am I correct that they are more natural? Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should eat? Which is healthier, will one help me lose weight quicker than the other, etc? I'm looking forward to your responses, thanks!! :o)

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Egg whites are certainly more natural - after all, they're just a normal egg without the yolk.  Egg whites are a 'complete' protein - meaning they contain, in roughly the right proportions, all the amino acids your body cannot make by itself.  Egg whites are among the best sources of protein there are (measured in grams of protein per calorie of food).


So I hope I could educate you a little on the wonderful egg.  However, I know little-to-nothing about egg beaters.  Perhaps someone else can enlighten us both on that subject.  :)

I love egg whites, I add dill and lemon pepper and it is the best thing since sliced bread....I don't eat egg beaters, only because like you I am trying to eat more healthy and less processed foods, not that egg beaters isn't healthy, it is cheaper to buy the egg and separate....that is what I feel, but then what do I know......  

I feel fuller and like I get more "bang for my buck" with egg beaters.   Love them with salsa.

I ALWAYS use egg whites... if I'm making an "egg sandwich" I'll just just a bit of egg whites, salt and maybe some cheese in a non-stick pan, if I'm making an omlette or scrambled eggs, I'll usually add a whole (organic) egg or two (depending on the meal) to add some more flavour.  I hate wasting the yolks, so I buy the cartons of egg whites.  Just wish I could find organic ones.  I find that egg whites fill me up much better than any other protein!

I'm with you on the less processed egg whites. There's just something that creeps me out about pouring yellow, pre-scrambled pseudo-eggs from a carton.  I've bought them a few times (when they're $1.50 cheaper than eggs, the college student in me can't object too heavily), and they really taste fine...there's just something a little weird about it for me.  Part of it might also be me trying to avoid mocking from my roommates, which I can avoid by just being 'healthy' with egg whites...Wink

I'm with salome--I love the egg beaters (actually, I use "better 'n eggs" because they're cheaper).  Usually, I scramble them with black beans, salsa, and mushrooms and put the whole mess in a whole wheat pita or wrap.  Delish!  :D

Egg beaters are egg whites...just processed, pasteurized, from a factory, egg whites.  Nutritionally, they should be exactly the same as breaking the egg yourself and eating only the white.  I find the egg beaters (or other packaged whites) to be a bit more watery and less versatile (harder to "fry" like an egg,  impossible to hard-boil), but basically they taste the same to me.

So, you then have to ask yourself whether you prefer the convenience of a package, or the peace of mind that comes from actually seeing where your food comes from.  The thing that creeps me out about egg beaters (other than the yellow dye...) is that I don't know the quality of the eggs they come from, what they do with the yolks, how far they travel...Pasteurization could just be covering up a lot of grossness.

I like to take it one step further and buy actual eggs from the farmer that raised them.  Then I can have all my questions answered.

So wait, what's the difference between Egg Beaters Original and Egg Beaters Whites?   Now I'm confused.  I thought Egg Beaters Original were more than just whites with coloring, in that they contained yolk or something. 

I have to agree with Aishah1952... egg whites are certainly healthier. You can't get much more natural than going straight to the source and it's definitely cheaper! I like to "fry" 2 egg whites using I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray (0 cal),  top with a slice of nonfat american cheese on 2 slices of light wheat toast... altogether it's only 132 calories and you've got a good source of protein, fiber and dairy.

Go for the egg whites! Egg beaters have nasty preservatives in them that make them last forever. Also, as people have mentioned, food coloring.

Original Post by madetoshine:

So wait, what's the difference between Egg Beaters Original and Egg Beaters Whites?   Now I'm confused.  I thought Egg Beaters Original were more than just whites with coloring, in that they contained yolk or something. 

 The regular Egg Beaters (or other egg substitutes) are mostly egg whites but also have some egg yolk, water, colour, flavour, preservatives and some other stuff I don't even know what it is. THe Egg Beaters Whites are just egg whites with some preservatives. I know this because I spent 1/2 hour in the egg aisle one day reading labels to figure out the differences and whether it's more healthy and/or budget-friendly to get whole eggs and remove the yolks or the Beater things. I was there so long I was starting to worry they'd send store security to kick me out for loitering.

I mostly use whole eggs for stuff, or remove the egg yolk and just use the white, though that feels wasteful. The Egg Beaters are ok for baking but I don't much like them scrambled, seem fake, though they are essentially real eggs.

Here are the ingredients to egg beaters:

INGREDIENTS:
Egg whites (99%), less than 1%: Natural flavor, color (includes beta carotene), spices, salt, onion powder, vegetable gums (xanthan gum, guar gum).

They do make egg beaters with added yolks now, but the original is just whites and crud like "natural flavor."  And I think "egg beaters whites" are egg beaters without coloring, but I haven't looked up their ingredients.

Meima-Organic Valley has packaged organic egg whites. I found them at Whole Foods.

Original Post by madetoshine:

So wait, what's the difference between Egg Beaters Original and Egg Beaters Whites?   Now I'm confused.  I thought Egg Beaters Original were more than just whites with coloring, in that they contained yolk or something. 

 I eat either egg whites or Better n Eggs every day for breakfast depending on what's in my fridge.  The Better n Eggs (egg substitute) has added nutrients, which I appreciate, so I prefer that, but it is way more expensive than buying eggs and using the fresh whites.

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