The Truth about Eggs and Cholesterol

Eggs are good for you… most of you! Learn the Truth about Eggs and Cholesterol!

Yes, eggs are good for you. It’s Easter and it is time to get over the guilt associated with consuming eggs. Current research shows the benefits of eggs, however when an authoritative organization like the American Heart Association perpetuates misinformation it makes it difficult for us to get to the truth.

Facts:

  • A large egg contains 185 mg of cholesterol.
  • Your body produces 1000 to 2000 mg per day on its own.
  • If you eat more cholesterol your body will naturally decrease its own production of cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol is an important part of every cell in our body and in addition is the chemical that makes “heme”, the core of our hemoglobin that carries oxygen to every cell in our body.
  • Eggs also happen to be a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and folic acid and has been shown to reduce cataract formation in the eye as well as reduce the blindness associated with the eye disease “macular degeneration”.
  • We need cholesterol to be healthy. That’s why our body makes it.

The American Heart Association’s current recommendation for everyone is to consume less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day. This is not based on current science and research. Current review of research shows that dietary counseling aimed at restricting egg consumption should not encompass all individuals. Alternatively, healthy populations experience no risk in developing coronary heart disease by increasing their intake of cholesterol and there may be multiple beneficial effects with the inclusion of eggs in their regular diet. See article posted at PubMed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16340654

In fact in a study published September 28, 2012 showed that whole egg consumption improved the fat makeup of blood (lipoprotein profiles) and improved Type 2 Diabetes (insulin sensitivity) to a greater extent than yolk-free egg substitute in individuals with Metabolic Syndrome. Furthermore, incorporating daily whole egg intake into a moderately carbohydrate-restricted diet provides further improvements in both the blood lipid (fat) profile and the insulin resistance in individuals with Metabolic Syndrome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23021013

Action Item:
– Do not feel guilty when you consume eggs. Discuss with your doctor and ask if they are aware of the latest studies concerning eggs and their benefits.

More to come on Metabolic Syndrome and the baby steps needed to reverse it.

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