Eggs are still good for you

Recently, headlines like “Eating many eggs linked to elevated risk of earlier death” were pretty much all over the place. I, and many others with me, firmly believe that eggs are extremely beneficial – so what’s the deal here? Well, something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

For quite some time, most official dietary recommendations have been advicing against consuming more than one egg a day – the US Departement of Agriculture have been even more restrictive in their recommendations. The sole reason for this is the fact that eggs have a high cholesterol content, combined with the wide-spread myth that cholesterol per se increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. I will dedicate an upcoming post to the debunking of this myth, but for now, let us just ascertain that the western world in general and the US in particular suffers from a severe case of cholesterol fear.

It is true that eggs are rich in cholesterol – but the bodily-specific production of cholesterol is lowered as we consume more in our food, so its really not an issue. What is an issue, is that eggs also are very rich in high-quality fats, essential minerals and vitamins.

So, this new alarming research report, what does it really say? It indicates elevated risk of death in those eating more than seven eggs a week, along with an elevated risk in diabetics eating eggs at all. But – and this but is big; the egg consumtion does not correlate with an increase in stroke or cardiovascular diseases – and hence the classical cholesterol myth, the myth which also forms the basis for official dietary advice against eating eggs, is not given any support from this report. On the contrary.
Scrambled eggs

So when the claim is made that eggs are bad for diabetics, no model of explanation is provided. The study has lasted for twenty years, so we have to weigh in the atrocity propaganda aimed at eggs; during the study, eggs have been slandered. Those who ate eggs anyway probably share the common trait that they disregard dietary advice, and maybe this trait is associated with other dangerous behaviour? Maybe they exercise less, eat more candy, eat less vegetables and smoke more than the other participants? And reading the report, one finds that only 8% of the male doctors studied had an egg consumtion higher than seven eggs a week. The most egg-consuming group where older, smoked more often, had higher blood-pressure and exercised less. The study was also lacking in information on their other dietary habits.

Amazingly enough, this report has been used as an argument for recommending “heart friendly” egg-white omelets – even though the only conclusion to be made is yet another indication that the cholesterol hypothesis is dead wrong.

One should note that US eggs in general are not as beneficial as for instance Swedish eggs – they are lower in Omega 3 and higher in their content of Omega 6. Eggs are extremely beneficial food, and should be eaten in abundance – but don’t worry about cholesterol, worry about choosing the best quality eggs – that is where you can make a real difference.

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11 Responses to “Eggs are still good for you”


  1. 2 Billigflug Bangkok June 24, 2009 at 10:38 am

    People these days are told to believe so many things these days. About the eggs I can say, that I grew up to believe this crap too. I never listened to this and was now confirmed in my believe, when I read a few months ago, that eggs are not “dangerous”. I read a report somewhere stating, that they found something in the egg that helps the body to get rid of the Cholesterol. So eating eggs or not, it has no influence on that part.

  2. 3 AbCirclePro August 16, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I’ve been going through my life hearing this topic constantly be contradicted. Eggs are good! … Eggs are Bad! .. Eggs are good! .. thanks for the article I found it a great read!

  3. 4 Tanya August 17, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Excellent article! I totally agree! Eggs are very beneficial! I always try to get organic eggs from hens that weren’t raised in cages. I think also it is very important how you cook your eggs, meaning what oil you use to fry them on. Coconut oil is my favorite as it doesn’t break down to dangerous trans fats when heated. Cheers!:)

  4. 5 Alice Makayla November 6, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Yes we always heard that eggs are healthy and beneficial for us.I personally think that we must include it our daily diet because it is great source of protein.

  5. 6 Sally December 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Your article was a great read. All my life i have been confused wheteher eggs were good or bad. Recently my personal trainer from Carlsbad emphasised the benifits of egg protein. Your article motivated me to make them a part of my diet. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  6. 7 Francois January 6, 2010 at 9:20 am

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  7. 8 CPRE External Defibrillator April 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Wow I am a great fan of eggs. That’s Great!

  8. 9 Psychological impotence April 28, 2010 at 6:48 am

    It’s wreel good information

  9. 10 Maya@ Fitness plans June 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Definitely eggs are cheapest and very healthy source of proteins.

  10. 11 Recipes of Gulzar November 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Hi

    Great information in this post and I think the study has lasted for twenty years, so we have to weigh in the atrocity propaganda aimed at eggs; during the study, eggs have been slandered.


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