Eggs. Are eggs healthy?

Eggs are a staple food nowadays so we need to ask ourselves the big question: Are eggs healthy? Are eggs safe? Before you answer what you were told, just think for a minute and start looking for the answers where no industry has something to win from this.

What I am referring to is that usually, the big industries are paying money for certain studies to be made, and so you should choose the studies that show a truth not a way to manipulate.

Anyways, here are some of the reasons why eggs are not considered to be healthy, nutrition, nor safe:

1. Eggs contain a high amount of cholesterol

Eggs have cholesterol and saturated fats. Dr. Greger from Nutrition Facts

First things first, what is cholesterol? Cholesterol is an organic molecule, that is an essential structural component of all animal cell membranes. It is carried through blood vessels in particles known as lipoproteins. Being present in every cell in our body, it has multiple functions such as being vital to brain function, including the formation of memories, it is a component of every hormone and it is the basis for Vitamin D.

So why is it a bad thing? Because too much of it in our blood vessels leads to various diseases. Cholesterol is produced by the liver but you can also find it in certain foods, the ones high in saturated fats. We don’t actually need any extra cholesterol since our body is already producing it. And guess what? Eggs have 8 times more cholesterol than beef. A single egg yolk contains around 215 to 275 mg of cholesterol, which exceeds the recommended daily intake of cholesterol.

 

2. It increases the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes

So a high amount of cholesterol in the blood produces various diseases such as the ones mentioned above. A single egg a week increases the odds of diabetes by 76% and 2.1 million men currently live with prostate cancer. Is still better than dying from it right?

Not really. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is the leading cause of heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. 17 million people worldwide die every year. Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fatty deposits including cholesterol in the walls of the arteries.

There are many types of cholesterol but the one that contributes to atherosclerosis is called LDL-C, or the bad cholesterol. Another type of cholesterol is called HDL-C or the good cholesterol and it is thought to counteract the harmful effects of LDL-C. It is important to increase HDL-C while reducing LDL-C when treating high cholesterol.

3. FDA actually has a limit on what they allow egg industry to say

Because of existing laws against false and misleading advertising, FDA, or the Food and Drug Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is advising the egg industry to not use words like healthy, nutrition or safe in their commercials. They are not healthy nor they are nutritions considering the amount of cholesterol that they have.

4. There might have salmonella

And they are not safe because there are 420,000 cases of salmonella poisoned every year in the US!

You can say they are nutrient dense but you can’t say that they are nutritious. You can’t call them healthy. Says USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)

 

So you can’t call them nutritious, you can’t call them safe, you can’t call them healthy. Why would you choose to continue eating them?

Our bodies are our best friends, they serve our needs in the best way that they can and they are in a continuous work. We need to repay this loyalty back by feeding it with nutritious foods, hydrate it with enough water, give it the rest it needs and the proper physical activity.

Good luck with educating yourself about your body and its needs!

Next, we will be talking about fish and if it is healthy for us. Stay tuned!

 

References:

  • Wikipedia – Cholesterol, link here
  • Are eggs healthy or not? link here
  • Freelee video about eggs, link here
  • Medical – How cholesterol clogs your arteries, link here
  • Dr. Greger from nutritionfacts, Who says eggs aren’t healthy? link here

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