You have got to love bad science. And the media.
A couple of years ago, I finally stopped fearing the whole egg. For years I ate nothing but egg whites. My breakfast of champions 10 years ago was 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1 cup of water, and four egg whites in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Boom. Healthy as an ox. I’ve advised clients to give up their yolks, Or at the very least, do one yolk and whites if they couldn’t do so.
It took me a while to wrap my head around the fact that I can actually eat the whole egg. Wait? It’s healthy for me? The cholesterol in eggs do not cause high cholesterol and plaque buildup? Today, I enjoy fried eggs with no feelings of guilt.
I now advise clients that they can enjoy the delicious whole egg. Some told me that their palates were so used to eating the whites, and they were so stuck in thinking they were forbidden that they’d never go back.
I did though. And I stand by my decision. Egg yolk lovers unite!
This study stating that we should go back to fearing the yolk has many holes and discrepancies.It also has many people fearing the whole egg again.
I mean, eating eggs is almost as bad as smoking!??? Please!
In my opinion it’s a poorly done study that the media is jumping on for shock value and headlines.
“Eggs Yolks Almost as Bad as Smoking”
If you read the study what is ACTUALLY says is:
“May increase carotid plaque build-up.”
If you look at the data the strongest correlation is between plaque buildup and age. Not egg consumption and plaque buildup.
It’s a correlation study. Correlation does not mean causation. Eggs do not “cause” heart disease. This study simply takes a look at the correlation between the two. A study doesn’t just have to show causation, it also has to show that it’s plausible.
There seems to be a huge discrepancy in the data regarding age, amongst other things:
- No data about overall diet: processed foods, sugar, trans fats, or wheat.
- How many actual healthy foods (vegetables and fruit) were consumed by participants. How much do they eat?
- Lifestyle was not a factor: how much do the participants exercise? What are their lifestyles like? Are they active at all? Do they work a desk job? Or do they work on an oil rig?
- Stress: That goes along with lifestyle, but I thought I’d give it it’s own number. How much stress do these participants have in their lives?
- How much do they weigh? What is their waist-hip circumference? That plays a huge role in increasing the risk of heart disease
The doctors that performed the study were funded by and receive compensation from multiple Pharmaceutical companies whom manufacture lipid-lowering drugs. They also have a vendetta against eggs. For which they have already been called out for.
This was also a “self-study” Meaning the participants just reported back to the doctors. No controlled environment.
This article debunks the study, and even goes into the science behind how the fat in an egg is digested. It’s far fetched that egg yolks are being injected directly into your arteries.:
“The chain length of fatty acids determines how they are transported out of the digestive system. If a fatty acid has fewer than 12 carbon atoms, it will “probably travel through the portal vein that connects directly to the liver. If the fatty acid is a more typical long-chain variety, it must be reformed into a triglyceride and enter circulation via the lymphatic system.”[i] Egg yolks thus have no short chain fatty acids that may even head off in the portal vein to the liver (not that this should cause concern anyway). The longer chain fats (saturated and unsaturated) are packaged into chylomicrons, released into the lymphatic system and they glide from there into the blood stream to carry the vital nutrients around the body to do their vital work.”
You will find egg lovers and healthy gurus alike clearing the name of our beloved egg.
Have your eggs and eat them too!
Remember to stick with organic, pasture-raised eggs. The ones where the hens roamed free and ate bugs and seeds…not GMO soy and corn.
- the egg yolk contains all of the nutrition in the egg (healthy fats and vitamins, minerals)
- you are what you eat…you are what the chicken eats. To get the most of the nutrition in the egg, buy the most nutritious eggs. From your farm if possible!
- Caged vs. Free-Range. If you saw the condition of the chickens from the cheap commercial grocery store eggs, you’d hopefully think twice and spend and extra buck on organic or make a trip to the farm.
- In addition to being better from an environmental perspective, free-range eggs are also nutritionally superior, as demonstrated in Mother Earth News’ 2007 egg testing project. Compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain much more Omega-3 fatty acids, 7x more beta carotene and 2/3 more Vitamin E!
And as far as that junk study goes…do I even need to get into why smoking is bad? It doesn’t even compare.
If you want to take a look an actual controlled study, which was reported by the media, go back and watch this 60 minutes report on how toxic sugar is. They took YOUNG, healthy participants and actually placed them in a controlled environment. They controlled what they ate, their activity levels and regularly collected data from each participant (blood pressure, bloodwork, etc).The data, in these young teenage participants actually showed how sugar and heart disease and other health problems were linked! If there ever was any one food you should cut out, that “food” would be sugar.
Rebuttals to check out:
Egg Yolk Consumption, Cartoid Plaque and Junk Science (Zoe Harcombe)
Eggs Worse Than Smoking?(Mohr Results)
Are Eggs Really Bad for Your Arteries? (Marks Daily Apple)
**stepping off my soapbox now**
Would love to hear your thoughts!!!!