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Cholesterol Is Good For You

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The information in quotes was condensed from an article by Francois Lubbe, UK Editor of HSI health newsletter (received via e-mail):

"When I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, at the age of 9, one of the first dietary changes our family doctor recommended was to avoid eggs at all costs..."
"The truth is, thanks to misinformed (plain wrong!) advice like that, many people believe that eggs are bad for them because they contain high amounts of cholesterol. Consequently, millions of people are avoiding cholesterol-rich foods, like eggs, under the illusion that they’re ‘protecting’ their heart health."
"Let’s face it, when we hear the word cholesterol we immediately think of clogged arteries, heart attacks, stroke etc... We rarely think of it in relation to good health and who can blame us, since the mainstream has left no stone unturned in their mission to make cholesterol arch villain number one!"
"Cholesterol is good for you! "
"Consider some of the following cholesterol-related facts — that you certainly won’t hear about from your doctor — and chances are you’ll change the way you view this essential building block..."
"To start with, cholesterol is absolutely vital for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy birth because it’s an essential component in cell membrane formation. It also plays a key role in the healing of wounds. These are just two of its many beneficial functions... and its virtues don’t end there!"
"...eggs are a highly nutritious food — packed full of vitamins and minerals. For example, they contain vitamins B12 and B6 and folic acid that help lower homocysteine levels — this is important as high levels are associated with heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s."
"...they also contain zinc which is essential for supporting your immune system; carotenes which offer vital protection against age related macular degeneration; sulphur which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant protection; and magnesium which helps fight everything from high blood pressure, migraines and atherogenesis (fatty deposits on arterial walls). Add to this mix vitamins A, D, E and K, iron, riboflavin, niacin, potassium and lipoproteins, and it’s not difficult to figure out why eggs are such a nutritious and healthy food."

[I guess I should add that most things are good as long as they're done in moderation, and there's a balance of other things.]

The article went on to mention that HSI has a website dedicated to this subject--
"The Cholesterol Truth: Safe Alternatives To Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs"
If this subject is of interest to you, you'll find the articles here:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    The first time the big egg scare ever came out, that eggs were bad for us and that would cause us to have high cholesterol, I immediately began eating about "6" eggs per day. Hey, I especially loved scrambled eggs and could eat them morning, noon and night. Even if I went out for lunch, I would order from the breakfast menu, just so I could get those demonic, cholesterol raising eggs into my system. Of course, I ate other foods as well each day, but never did I go a day without eggs. I did this for one solid year and then I had my cholesterol checked by a regular Doctor. Well, once the test results came back, I was told, "whatever you're doing keep on doing it - your cholesterol is perfect!!"

Go figure.

Well, no I didn't tell the Doctor of my egg enriched diet. Why, because I know it would have been shrugged off. Besides, I was only proving a point in my own rebellious sort of way. Not that I needed to prove anything to myself. Anyway, it made me smile and I loved it.

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LENIASTY 2/19/2011 9:04AM

    I grew up in the country and we had chicken roaming around the yard - we therefore had lots of free range eggs and I ate them almost every day with no ill effects at all. How can something designed to supply everything required to nourish a new life be bad for you? I agree with your article! And I still love eggs...

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SYLVIALYNN2 2/17/2011 8:08AM

    Maybe the adds should be saying: Eat natural, unprocessed foods. Processed foods are bad for you.

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KURTORTOISE 2/16/2011 12:21AM

    The good thing about passing on this info at SP is the comments that people post afterward -- in this case, it's a pretty wide range of views on the subject.
Thanks for the comments, and definitely post any links (as Bilby did) to contrasting information.

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BILBY4 2/16/2011 12:02AM

    "prostate cancer recurrence or progression...consumption of eggs and poultry with skin may increase the risk."

Even the American Council on Science and Health admits: "According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 2.3 million contaminated eggs are produced in the U.S. each year and about 100,000 to 150,000 cases of foodborne illness are caused each year by Salmonella in shell eggs." Are you feeling lucky?

Blood cholesterol and dietary cholesterol are not quite the same things. "The average American man eats about 360 milligrams of cholesterol a day; the average woman eats between 220 and 260 milligrams daily. So how are we doing? The American Heart Association recommends that we limit our average daily cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams."

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KRAZYWOLF 2/15/2011 11:11PM

    I also heard eggs are good for ridding of mercury poison! Awesome article thanks, sent it out on facebook!

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DJ4HEALTH 2/15/2011 8:03PM

    It also helps with brain function so I guess that is what those doctors need to think, but they are not eating them so that they are not thinking. I think that they need more eggs to eat so that they can think. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    your liver produces more cholesterol than you probably eat in a day.

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