Are you totally confused about whether eggs are good or bad?? The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study that now shows eggs are bad again!!
This study concluded that a higher intake of eggs and dietary cholesterol significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death. The new findings come not long after the U.S. government removed the daily cholesterol limit of 300 mg from its 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, stating cholesterol is no longer a “nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” The consensus among scientists: Cholesterol in food has little effect on the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream.
Eggs Where Let Out Of Jail!!
The Devil is in the Details (Deviled Eggs Anyone??)
First, we have to look at this recently published study. The JAMA study analyzed data from 29,615 adults who were enrolled in six different studies, spanning 31 years of follow-up. These folks filled out ONE self-reported questionnaire at the beginning of the study!!! What happens if they stopped exercising, or started smoking, or didn’t eat any vegetables or decided to eat four eggs a week or went Keto and started eating a dozen a week?????
The study says eating an additional 300 mg of cholesterol a day (the equivalent of one egg) was found to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death by 17 and 18% respectively. Eating an extra three to four eggs each week was tied to a 6 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and 8 percent increased risk of any cause of death.
These are called “correlation studies”, in other words not randomized, placebo-controlled studies. Correlation does not mean causation. Have we used these before to shift food policy? Yes! Smoking is probably the best example. Correlation studies showed smoking increased rates of lung cancer by 2,000%!!! Now that would send up red flags to do a controlled study, which they did and found smoking increased lung cancer rates by 80%!!!
It’s hard to do nutritional studies because you can’t take 10,000 people and sequester them for ten years and feed one group eggs and the other group none. Control their other foods, exercise and factor in genetics, ain’t going to happen!! Even so, a correlation study based on ONE food diary that shows a 6% increase in cardiovascular disease is not a reason to put eggs back in jail!!
Cracking the Truth About Eggs
Eggs are a complete protein, all 22 amino acids in a whole egg. Due to that, they are an excellent source of B12 which we lose as we age. B-12 helps with red blood cell formation, may help with bone health and low B-12 is associated with early onset of dementia.
For instance, eggs are full of “choline” which is an essential nutrient needed for the production of phosphatidylcholine, which is one of the most important structural building blocks of every cell in your body.
Eggs are a rich source of selenium, vitamin D, zinc, iron, and copper. As well as with B-12 they are full of B2, B5 and folate, all necessary for “methylation” the fuel for your mitochondria (the battery of your body).
The longest living woman recorded, 117 years old, ate three eggs every day from the time she was 16 years old!!!!!
Eggs are pretty much the perfect food!!! For instance, forget the “egg white” omelet and go for the whole egg! In other words, this is good news right before Easter because I love Deviled Eggs!!
Italian Eggs Over Polenta
This is one of my favorite 30-minute meals with EGGS!
8 slices of Organic Polenta (you can buy this in tubes at the store)
1 jar Newmans Basil Marinara sauce
6 oz. bag of organic spinach
4 organic or free range eggs
½ cup crumbled Asiago or Bleu Cheese
Lay sliced Polenta on oiled cookie sheet. Broil until slightly brown or until heated through. Meanwhile, simmer marinara sauce in a large fry pan and add spinach. Stir until wilted. Carve out an opening and crack eggs into marinara. Poach eggs in the marinara-spinach mixture until set (takes about 5 minutes, covered). Spoon eggs onto polenta and spoon spinach-marinara sauce over eggs. Top with crumbled Asiago cheese, Bleu cheese, Feta cheese or Parmesan cheese.
ENJOY your EGGS!!