I love eggs and they are a great source of goodness. I now have my own chickens so I can eat eggs that are just awesome. I also love knowing what my chickens eat (lots of bugs) and that they have a pretty fantastic life coming and going as they please. In addition my Gram lOVED eggs but denied herself for decades because of her c-levels now in her mid 90's she's back to enjoying them again because we now know that c-levels are far more complex than the contents of any food.
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It has been said that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. It is important to provide your body with the most variety of foods as possible. Yet, eggs are my favorite protein... so I totally understand why someone might want to eat them every day.
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It is a myth that high cholesterol has any effect on coronary heart disease or overall health. Research has shown that among the elderly, people with high levels of cholesterol live the longest - elderlynursing.com/cholesterol.htm
I LOVE eggs. I get mine from a local producer whose chickens are out in the yard doing good chicken things. Their eggs are beautiful. I eat 4 almost every morning. My serum values are perfect. Maybe even a bit low; the current thinking is that total cholesterol levels should be in the low 200s for women. Mine is 156 at last check. I also requested a fractionated lipoprotein panel, and my very small, dense particles (the bad ones) are 319 on a scale of 313-809. YAY!!!! The "large, fluffy" variety is 7844 on a scale of 5038-17886. I'd like to see that higher. I'm supplementing omega-3s like crazy.
AND eating tons of eggs AND bacon AND wonderful whole butter and coconut oil
Life is good. mmmmm
Thanks to others here who have offered insight into the flawed past "research" and support for the real stuff. Our nutritional educators still haven't taken up the baton. I have high hopes, though!
Haha, I probably have half a dozen eggs a day. I had two fried eggs for breakfast, two hard boiled eggs for snacks, and an egg yolk in my protein brownie today. I LOVE EGGS. :) (Also, all of my counts are perfectly fine.)
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Dietary cholesterol and blood lipid measurements are almost completely unrelated. They don't even measure the same thing! All this fear of saturated fats and cholesterol came from a very flawed and bias observational study done back in the 1960s that showed a correlation between countries with high levels of heart disease and high cholesterol consumption. Since artery blockages were found to contain cholesterol, it was assumed that cholesterol caused the problem (see below for my opinion of that!). The study has been completely discredited since then, but the myth lives on. Many observational studies since then have confirmed or refuted that initial finding.....and funny how the confirmation or refutation always seem to fit the researchers' hypotheses! Since the early 1970s, the dietary guidelines of the USA have been dominated by those in the 'cholesterol is bad' camp. That is slowly changing as evidence for the role of sugar and white starches is starting to become irrefutable. Keep in mind that the same people who were telling us to avoid cholesterol were the same people who were telling us all to eat those earth-friendly-super-healthy-smart-people- eat-these hydrogenated vegetable oils, instead of animal fats! It turns out that those trans fats were (are) about the most harmful substances we could possibly eat! I wonder how many thousands have died thanks to all the trans fats eaten on that advice! I know that I certainly grew up eating trans-fat-filled margarine because my mother loved me and wanted me to be healthy!
Heart disease is caused by inflammation of the artery walls. This inflammation is caused by many different factors (sugar and starch consumption is a big cause). Then, inflammation causes the body to try repairing the damage caused and cholesterol is part of the repair process. So, blaming cholesterol for causing heart disease is sort of like blaming fire fighters for causing the fire! Constant and continuous attack of the arteries over years due to smoking, sugar consumption, high blood pressure and stress results in plaques. Nowhere in the list of causes of the disease is cholesterol, and that is especially true of dietary cholesterol.
Eat eggs. They are a healthy source of so many good things. If they contained fiber, they would quite possibly be the perfect food! All that goodness and only 70 calories and 0.8 g carbs! Yum.
People who have high blood pressure *and* high cholesterol and other lipid issues often do find that those issues are improved when they reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in their diet. The jury is still out on whether the improvement is really because they're eating less cholesterol, or whether they're improving because they're replacing the high-cholesterol food with something that itself improves their health. You don't just quit eating eggs and bacon for breakfast; you switch to something else. If you've been told you have a risk factor for heart disease and it scared you enough to make you change, you're probably not going to give up eggs for PopTarts and SuperSugarBombs. You're probably going to start eating oatmeal or fruit and yogurt or chicken breast or something that you yourself believe is healthy-- and chances are, you'll be right.
At one point my dad's cholesterol was higher than his doctor wanted, so she begged him to stop eating pork side meat (unprocessed bacon) and eggs for breakfast. He likes her, so he did. He switched to oatmeal, and his cholesterol dropped like a rock. But he missed his side meat; that was what he'd been eating for breakfast for 70-some years. So he started eating oatmeal *and* side meat. And you know what? His cholesterol didn't go back up. Now that's not going to be the case for everyone; his cholesterol wasn't very high to begin with and his blood pressure was below normal. But it does mean that this idea-- that making sure you eat the healthy foods might be just as important as making sure you don't eat things that might be unhealthy-- is worth researching. And people are doing that.
There's as many opinions as there are people on this. I've read that eggs aren't as bad as we once thought because farmers feed the chickens differently. I've read that exercise is more important than intake. Our body produces its own cholesterol so we need to determine if we are one of those people who got screwed by our gene pool, and then what to do about it. My grandma ate eggs once or twice a day and put lard on her bread. She lived to be 94. You're going to need to do the research and see if tracking your diet and exercise, along with blood tests, helps you figure things out. I will be checking out the links others have posted. My cholesterol and triglycerides are "normal" but as a nurse I want to be able to educate those I care for in the best way possible. Be careful what you read. Step one is to determine if its a reliable source. If it's put out by a egg producer, or someone who wants you to eat their product instead of eggs, it can be biased. Wikipedia can have entries posted by anyone, so if you only read it there be careful with what you believe. I for one am heading to the kitchen for my egg breakfast.
Eggs are one of my main sources of protein, 1-2 four to five days a week typically. My cholesterol last time I had it checked (last month) was 158, which is very good. I also need the fat, and usually the calories, so I don't worry about it. But removing the yoke to save a little fat and 50 cals or so seems kind of trivial to me anyway.
Advice is changing on this subject as more research comes out...Some studies show that saturated fat is much worse than dietary cholesterol at raising blood cholesterol levels and show an improvement in blood lipids from eating eggs. It seems that eggs may raise our "good" cholesterol rather than the "bad."
More cholesterol is produced from eating sugar than from eating fat.
You might want to read the report at the below link
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I have no trouble with my cholesterol (I get it tested once a year), even when I had a hard boiled egg with my lunch almost every day. I don't eat them as often now, but that's because of the calories, not the cholesterol.
As several people have pointed out, everyone is different. As I read somewhere in SP, your weight loss journey is an experiment, and you are the guinea pig. *You* have to figure out what works for you!
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I think everyone's different. I know all the current research seems to be trending that dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on blood cholesterol, with some doctors even going so far as to suggest that diet changes of any kind aren't going to make any significant difference for people. I have no reason not to believe that the research is accurate as a rule, for most people.
But then there are people like LDHawke, and like my mother and me. Like LDHawke, my mother's cholesterol was quite high. (She was normal weight, btw.) She was supposed to be put on medication, but asked for a few months to try to get it down with diet changes. The doctor was extremely dubious, but she did it anyway, and her total cholesterol dropped like 100 points. This, in her case, just from greatly reducing overall and saturated fat (and cholesterol) in her diet.
As for me, prior to making my lifestyle changes in December, my blood cholesterol was pretty normal. When I cut out all the junk food I was eating and reduced portion sizes, my resulting near-vegan, lowish fat diet left me with blood cholesterol levels that were actually unhealthily low (for HDL anyway). I'm now eating more eggs and other things in an effort to get it back up, and given my family history I bet it will work.
tl;dr: Research suggests that for most people, eating eggs most days is probably neutral at worst to health. For a few, depending on other factors, it could be bad or unusually beneficial. There's no way to know without getting your blood work done. But if there's no reason to suspect problems, you can probably eat as many eggs as you like.
According to all the reports - yes. However, there are good eggs and there are bad eggs. Eggs from free range chickens - ones free to roam outside and eat bugs and such - are actually healthier for us. There are people who have eaten eggs every day and live to be in their 80's or more.
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Every body is different. What works for one does not necessarily work for someone else. Although eggs may be filled with protein and healthy for you, I cannot eat them everyday. I used to and then my cholesterol went so high my doc wanted to put me on meds. I begged her to give me 6 months to get my cholesterol down. I stopped eating eggs every day. I ate them only once a week. That alone dropped my cholesterol level down to normal.
Now I track my cholesterol level on SP to ensure other foods I am eating are not putting me over my normal range.
Back in 2000, straightforward results were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition: Eggs make important nutritional contributions to the American diet and their consumption is not associated with high cholesterol levels. Specifically, the study showed that egg consumers had a higher intake of important nutrients like vitamins B12, A, E, and C than non-egg eaters, and that people who reported eating four or more eggs per week actually had significantly lower average cholesterol levels than those who reported eating zero to one eggs per week. You can learn more in the rest of the article.
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I have read that because cholesterol is regulated by the liver, cholesterol in the diet has no effect on cholesterol in the blood stream. There is no correlation between cholesterol and coronary heart disease (CHD). And there is no such thing as "good" or "bad" cholesterol - there's only 1 cholesterol molecule. HDL and LDL are the transport mechanisms of cholesterol. LDL delivers it to the cells and HDL transports the excess back to the liver for excretion as bile salts. The better indicators of people at risk for CHD are the total triglycerides to HDL ratio and C-reactive protein (inflammation) levels.
I eat egg whites most days and one yoke weekly. High cholesterol has been attributed to eating carbs...bread, crackers, rice, potatoes, beans, sweets, etc. I know cardiologist that heads hospital and follows a high protein diet. He instructs his heart patients to do the same. My cholesterol was fine when I followed high protein diet. It rose to close to 300 when I started eating a lot of carbs. I don't drink or eat milk products. So I can not comment if milk contributes to cholesterol levels. My friends doctors instructed them to give up or cut down on eating carbs if they did not wish to take cholesterol medication. They refused and take medication.
You might want to go to the Cafe and look at the thread about cholesterol there. Basically, cholesterol itself isn't the real issue; it's just that some people get cholesterol from foods that are unhealthy for other reasons, and also that most foods that are high in cholesterol are also high in fat and calories. Because of that, people who eat huge amounts of cholesterol probably aren't eating as many veggies, fruits, and whole grains as they should.
If eggs are pretty much your only source of cholesterol (and you don't have a family or personal history of high cholesterol), then an egg yolk or two a day probably isn't going to hurt. (Egg whites don't have any cholesterol, so you don't need to worry about them unless you need to limit protein.) If you're eating eggs AND cheese AND bacon AND hot dogs AND processed foods with hydrogenated oil, then you probably do need to make some changes. But even then, the hydrogenated oil and the processed meats should get pitched first. Egg yolks have a lot of nutrients; vegetable shortening and processed meats really don't.
I eat eggs every day -- at least 2 whole -- and more whites and my total cholesterol was 153 in the spring. And, this is coming from a person who at one time fought with the doctor about going on meds because it was so high. I dropped it by changing my diet -- giving up meat -- and exercise. It was still about 175 but then I cut dairy to just a bit of yogurt or kefir a few times a week and cheese or ice cream about once a month. For me, the dairy turned out to be a bigger problem than the eggs.
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Eggs were unfairly demonized for a long time. More modern research has found that not only are they not bad for you, they're packed with nutrients and craving-fighting protein. Enjoy your eggs! You might not want to eat them *every* day, but a few times a week? Go for it!
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My mother gave me similar advice, due to the high cholesterol levels in eggs. The cholesterol found in eggs is the "good type", however you can still have your "good" cholesterol score too high.
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Growing up my mom always told me that having eggs everyday is bad for you. However, I love eggs for breakfast! They are fast, easy, yummy, and full of protein! Is it bad that I eat them every morning? I usually mix 2 egg whites with 2 whole eggs and then have some sort of fruit with it.
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