Why are eggs a problem again?
The American Heart Association just released another “study” to try and convince people that eggs are killing them.
Americans eat 280 eggs a year which is an increase over recent years, and according to the Heart Association, that is killing them.
The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association made the claim that two eggs a day would significantly increase your cholesterol and therefore increase your chances of a “cardiovascular event.”
But possibly they are blaming the wrong thing…80% of the cholesterol in your blood is made by your own body. According to the Harvard Medical School, only 20% of the body’s cholesterol is from food.
“If you eat only 200 to 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol a day (one egg yolk has about 200 mg), your liver will produce an additional 800 milligrams per day from raw materials such as fat, sugars, and proteins.”
Cholesterol is vital to your health and wellbeing. Your joints can’t work without it. It is vital for your liver. It is in every cell in your body.
It is so important for your health your body regulates its cholesterol level automatically. If you don’t eat enough, your body makes its own.
With the exception of the U.S., most of the Western world does not worry about cholesterol.
Since 2009, scientists have known there is no provable link between high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
Yet the American Heart Association keeps pushing this myth in the press.
Could it be that they are trying to take the momentum away from the Keto diet? There seems to be a considered effort in the press to demonize meat and eggs.
As interest in Keto dieting increases, there is less interest in caloric restriction diets such as Weight Watchers. Even Wall Street has noticed the trend and Weight Watchers’ stock prices have been tanking. (To learn more about this see this article)
Eggs are really the perfect food. When you think about it, it has everything in one shell to produce a whole chicken.
One large egg contains:
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin):9% of the RDA
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin):15% of the RDA
- Vitamin A:6% of the RDA
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid):7% of the RDA
- Selenium:22% of the RDA
- Eggs also contain small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body, including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, vitamin E, folate and many more.
Eating eggs has even been shown to reduce the risk of strokes according to some studies.
And to make the American Heart Association’s study look even more preposterous is how the study was conducted.
The study asked 29,000 people what they ate.
The survey results were self-reported.
The problem with this type of study is they are asking people “what did you eat in the last year?”
And these types of studies have been shown not to be very reliable since most people tell the researchers what they think “they should be eating.”
In other words, unlike observational studies which actually control and track what people eat, this study just asked people to self-report.
And they did not track other important issues such as sugar and carbohydrate consumption which has been shown to be much more important in heart health.
Once again, the media is jumping on the anti-cholesterol bandwagon, and not looking at the facts.