Eggs have been on over-easy for the last decade or so. Is that because they are all of a sudden nutritious? Do they not have high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol?
CBS News reported last week on a recent study by Northwestern University and published in JAMA’s most recent journal that says eating three to four eggs per week was linked to a six percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease and an eight percent risk of all-cause mortality.
They also found that consuming 300mg of cholesterol per day was associated with a 17 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and an 18 percent higher risk of death!
One egg has approximately 186mg of cholesterol and 1.6 mg of saturated fat. Before 2015, the USDA guidelines for total cholesterol was to stay under 300mg per day.
Current 2015 – 2020 USDA guidelines recommend “to keep an eye on cholesterol intake but say more research is needed regarding the dose-response relationship between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol levels. Adequate evidence is not available for a quantitative limit for dietary cholesterol specific to dietary guidelines”. That being said, there has been more than enough evidence-based research to prove that eggs and cholesterol should be monitored.
There has also been plenty of lobbying by the American Egg Board to flip eggs over easy to the U.S population. Their goal is to increase human consumption of eggs through marketing and promotion.
As stated in nutritionfacts.org Eggs and Breast Cancer vlog, another reason to lower your daily consumption of eggs and cholesterol is that it may reduce your risk of many types of cancers including stomach, colon, pancreatic, lung, breast, kidney, bladder, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Researchers believe that it’s not only the high levels of cholesterol in eggs but also the high levels of choline in eggs. Frying eggs can also create heterocyclic amines which can also induce cancer growth.
There is more than enough evidence to show we should leave the eggs to the chickens!
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–Guy C., – Fitness and Martial Arts Director at Dedham Health