Health and nutrition, recipes, fun facts about eggs.
But Isn’t it Bad to Eat Too Many Eggs? Eggs have a lot of cholesterol, so for a long time it was considered unhealthy to eat too many.
However, advice is changing on this as more research comes out. To my knowledge, no evidence shows that eggs are in any way harmful to our health. In fact, some studies show an improvement in blood lipids from eating eggs. It seems that this high-cholesterol food raises our "good" cholesterol rather than the "bad."
Starting my day with two eggs usually leads me to staying on plan and making healthy choices throughout the rest of the day. Eggs keep me satisfied until its time for lunch and I have enough time to prepare something healthy, rather than being so famished I just grab what's quick and ready. As a family (2 adults, 17 month old baby) we go through two dozen eggs a week.
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I am 40 years old and I never had eggs until maybe a month ago. Now I love them. I called my doctor and asked her if it was ok to eat 3 - 4 eggs a week (I have high cholesterol) and she said yes. She also said that eggs also have "good" cholesterol in them as well.
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I agree about the "everything in moderation." It's a nice mantra... we're all familiar with it and it "feels right" to share it around. But it certainly doesn't work for me in practice. Carbs in moderation? oh no. I'll be starving for hours afterwards. "EVERYthing" ??? like... drugs? soda? Twinkies™? Maybe not. Maybe we should just focus on healthy choices, and no "moderate" amounts of anything not fitting into that category.
To each his own. But quaint little phrases like that, for me, just seem an excuse to deviate from my intentions. You can have the things I've eliminated in your "moderations"!
And there's no such thing in my world as moderation relative to eggs! I just love 'em!!!
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My cholesterol is slowly rising. My doctor has told me to avoid eggs. Since I don't eat a lot of eggs, I'm not going to worry about it. I like hard boiled eggs. It's about the only way I eat them, unless I am baking.
Eggs = good! Eggs are versatile, full of protein and flavor, and easy to measure for people counting calories. I boil and peel a pan of hard boiled eggs every weekend for the coming week. They make a good mid-morning snack. I like them breakfast, lunch or dinner.
" Everything in moderation " is a nice slogan that people say, but don't ever think about. We don't need to eat green beans in moderation. Sure, there is a point that they could add up to an unhealthy level, due to excessive fiber or calories, but those quantities would not be reached by 99% of people. Seven cans would be 49 grams of fiber, and 490 calories. I guess, if you are thinking an 8th can of green beans sounds tempting, you might need to moderate yourself there.
For many others, moderation isn't a good idea also. A lot more people than know about it have trigger foods, and should be avoiding those foods completely. We see that daily on here. How many posts about cravings, or hunger from people who are eating 3 meals a day? That isn't natural, and something they ate caused those cravings.
So unless you mean it as being a moderator of your foods, I disagree with this idea. I do moderate my foods. Some like eggs and chicken, I choose to eat lots of, and many other I choose to abstain from ingesting.
Maybe I am just not understanding what people mean, but it seems like this slogan is meant as you can eat anything you want in moderate quantities. That just isn't true for a sizable portion of the population, and the proof is they are craving foods. They congratulate themselves on having just 3 bites of cheesecake, and everyone else does too, and everything is wonderful!!!
Then they have cravings for more sweets, cave in, and can't understand why. They don't come back bragging about the 1000 calories they had after dinner, and a year later they are still the same weight, but run around saying everything in moderation, because it allows them to eat cheesecake in small quantities every other day. The fact that they really crave sweets afterwards, or that they didn't actually achieve significant weight loss gets lost in the shuffle, and others follow their ideas, and all start eating foods that cause them cravings.
So if this works for you.. great, but stop and realize that for many people any amount of certain foods is a death sentence for their hopes of real weight loss, and by saying everyone can eat anything in moderation, keeps them from realizing that there are foods that they should never eat, in any quantity. They may suspect that a food is not good for them, and wisely be thinking of eliminating it from their list of acceptable foods, but hear that slogan, and think " What's wrong with me? Why can't I eat this in moderation, without getting cravings, having a binge, and gaining weight? Is something wrong with me, mentally, or physically? "
I understand this is unintentional, but I think if a lot of people stopped eating small amounts of trigger foods, and stuck to the other 90 % of foods, they would do a lot better than eating these foods, just so they could say they don't eliminate any foods.
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5 years ago, I was around 330 lbs, and a diabetic with over a 10.0 Ha1c. I have also had congestive heart failure since Nov. 2001. So in my circumstance, no doctor would recommend that I eat eggs, especially with a 198 cholesterol, and triglycerides in the 300's.
I started eating 4 XL eggs every day, 28 a week, as well as a low carb diet.Over time, I have added more vegetables, and cheese, beans etc, as I learned that they are carbs I can handle.
After 4.5 years of eating this way ( most of the time ).. I have dropped 170 lbs. I have been off ALL diabetes meds for 3.5 years. Off cholesterol med for a year, and my cholesterol is 105, HDL 51, and my triglycerides are down to the 70's. Plus my HDL has gone up from 24 to 37. That is mostly from exercise.
I still have CHF obviously, and my diabetes, and cholesterol have to be managed, but my heart is pumping more blood per heartbeat( 3X as much ), and I have an ICD ( inter-coronary device ), but my cardiologist says that if I walked in today, I would not qualify for an ICD, because I am too healthy.
Also because of eating low carb/eggs, as well as weight loss, and the ability to exercise an hour daily now, my BP is down to 95/65 for the last year, and I have been forced to cut my BP meds to 25 % of what they were.
On my 30th birthday, I did not believe that I would ever see 40. I was happy to make 30, since 2 months before I turned 28, I was told I had 6 months to live. At 40, I feel pretty good. Much better than when I was 30. I am not on oxygen for one.. almost forgot that.
So while I understand the idea that people with my conditions might be thought to be more at risk, I think that the risk comes from other foods, and if more people ate eggs, they wouldn't get these conditions. I think total diet matters a lot more, and high fat, or lots of eggs, along with high glycemic carbs may be a lot more dangerous, than these same foods on a low carb diet. I eat a 50 gram a day max, 60-65 % high fat, low carb diet. I think it is not any single food, but what foods you eat alongside it throughout your day.
So while common thought today would have someone like me avoiding eggs, and that is how it should be, since a doctor won't gamble with a patient's life, nor would any dietitian, there is more to be studied, and I hope one day, we get around to slowly changing our opinion on what is healthy, and what is unhealthy.
Questions should be asked, like .. do eggs cause high cholesterol/ heart disease by themselves, or more so, when combined with toast, and hashed browns.
That is also a common belief these days, but one being ignored. Most people would side with the eat your cereal, limit the eggs idea, but as someone who did both, I can say personally that I did a lot better on the more eggs, no cereal, bread, potatoes idea. Yes, I took a gamble, and I wouldn't recommend it for someone else with my conditions, but my results, along with millions of others who have had similar results, should raise some eyebrows, and be the cause of a lot more testing. testing that actually sticks to low carb, so that carbs don't taint the results. Find out once and for all if these health issues are caused by eggs/red meat etc., or an overabundance of high glycemic carbs.. corn, potatoes, bread, cereal, pasta etc.
That is a dream, but for now, I will just say, there are a lot of dangerous foods out there that we all agree are bad.. sweets, liquid calories, and packaged foods, as well as anything with trans fats. Eggs are way down the list of " dangerous " foods, right below bananas, which I rarely eat due to my diabetes ( 1/2 a banana is a tease ), but is another ridiculous idea. Eggs and bananas are great.
Wow! That's a pretty good article! Thanks for the link.
It's true about the package claims for supposedly "better" eggs in the groceries. I don't believe a word of them. Not only that, but even eggs like I get, raised in the yard... I suspect ANY chickens get at least some feed... and how much of that is soy or GMO? We have a farm supply here which sells non-GMO feeds, but whether my chicken-farmer is using it or not, I have no idea. I sure can tell the difference in appearance and taste between his eggs and the grocery's though!
I do eat a lot more eggs than is generally recommended. So far (over the course of several years), I've had no health issues with that. I do monitor my labs every 3 months to be sure I'm not getting into some sort of trouble... but that hasn't been the case so far. You still have to comply with your own doctor's plan, tho.
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I have at least one a day (like apples :D). I agree with the PP that non-factory eggs are the best thing ever. I love when it's farmers market season and I can get my hands on them. Also, the farmer's market/backyard farmers eggs aren't power washed so they still have the protective coating on them that lets eggs last for a very long time before spoiling.
I eat as many eggs as I can get my mitts on! I love eggs, and they're excellent nutrition, so long as you eat the WHOLE THING, which contains the entire nutrient profile. I'm very lucky in being able to obtain my eggs from a backyard farmer whose hens are out in his yard picking bugs and doing happy-chicken-things... the eggs are absolutely delicious. We go through 2 dozen a week here, and there's only 2 of us!
There's still resistance in many circles as to the yolks... based upon cholesterol and fats... but (without getting on a soapbox), those fears are based upon research which is being rethought and (in some cases) refuted now. Of course, you must follow your healthcare specialist's recommendations... but meanwhile, it might not be a wrong idea to research a bit and bring your findings to your team.
Bottom line? I love my eggs. Do *not* get between me and my eggs!
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What's your thoughts on eggs, good or bad for you? I personally, eat a lot of eggs a week. I limit my yolks to 4 a week, due to my doc's recommendation, but as far as eggwhites, most days I have 4 or more. How about you?
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