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Clearing Away Confusion About Eggs

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Q. I'm so confused about eggs. First we were told to avoid them because of the cholesterol. Then I read that eggs are not harmful. In fact, the suggestion was that pancakes and cold cereal are less healthful for breakfast. What is your opinion?

A. Eggs have gotten a bad rap. Egg yolks are rich in cholesterol, so researchers assumed that eating eggs would raise cholesterol and that would increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. But there weren't good data behind that assumption.

A meta-analysis conducted last year looked at studies that determined how many eggs people ate and whether that correlated with their likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke (BMJ, Jan. 7, 2013). If eggs are causing heart attacks, people eating more eggs should be at higher risk.

The researchers found no evidence that eating more eggs increases the risk of a heart attack. People with diabetes do need to be more cautious, though. For them, eating an extra egg a day boosted heart attack risk by about 50%.

So, as long as you do not have diabetes, enjoy your eggs. In our opinion, a scrambled or poached egg is a great way to start the day, and definitely a better breakfast than a Danish or pancakes with syrup that could make blood sugar and insulin soar.

For more ideas on beneficial breakfasts and scrumptious suppers that are also good for you, you may be interested in our book, Recipes & Remedies From The People's Pharmacy.

 

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That's very strange -- I can't think of a reason that eggs should affect diabetics badly. Can you?

I've eaten two eggs for breakfast every day since I was 12, and I'm 70 now, so that's a lot of years. When I was a child I used to be seriously hungry every morning from about 10am on, and I discovered eggs for breakfast stopped that problem. I think I should credit eggs for saving me from diabetes, though I didn't learn about low blood sugar until I was in my 20s. I'm very healthy with no heart problems.

EGGS ARE ONE OF THE MOST COMPLETE FOODS YOU CAN find. Mediterranean people eat eggs almost every day. Omelets, boiled and some time fried. etc… BUT THEY WALK EVERYWHERE… so is not the eggs.. but your lifestyle. I don't know who or why said something bad about the eggs and everyone follow and stopped eating eggs. absurd to me.


People with diabetes do need to be more cautious, though. For them, eating an extra egg a day boosted heart attack risk by about 50%.

Based on what?

Are these eggs from a factory farm or fresh from a real farm?

Why are eggs bad for diabetics?

Many, many years ago, I listened on the radio to Carlton Fredericks, a vitamin, healthy food advocate. I never forgot his words on the wisdom of eating eggs moderately. I don't know if it's true or not, but I believed him when he said that eggs also contained lecithin a natural cholesterol fighter.

I agree eggs are healthy, but not the commercially raise store eggs. It is best to only eat eggs from local farmers who have chickens running outside, pecking and scratching.

Factory raised eggs are like factory produced feed lot beef, pork, chicken and turkey, not fit to eat. I eat about 18 duck eggs a month, from a local farmer who does not feed chemicals to the ducks. Duck eggs are delicious.
Eat healthy, stay healthy.

What is an extra egg? Can mildly diabetic people eat one egg a day? 3 a week? without raising heart attack risk?

I did wonder WHO says diabetics should restrict egg eating and where that info can be found.

The low fat, high carbohydrate diets that have caused increased health problems are not my cup of tea.

I have borderline blood sugar and do not plan to reduce egg consumption in the near future.

I currently live in Mexico. A year or so ago there was a problem with hens dying. Eggs were imported from the US to make up for a shortage.

Mexicans were not at all happy with those eggs. Apparently the eggs here have more yellow yolks and more flavor. Maybe the chickens here receive better treatment than in the US.

Eggs are a great food. But here is a caution. Scrambled eggs are exposed to heat and copious air (oxygen). This combination may change the egg chemistry to be harmful. There were early studies, and this may be where the egg scare started. In those studies powdered eggs, which are produced by subjecting the red yolks and whites to high heat and air (oxygen) blown through the eggs, were fed to the test subjects. Bad health affects occurred. So they concluded that eggs are bad for you. Dr. Jonathan Wright, a well-respected medical doctor and pioneer in complementary medicine was the one who published this warning about scrambled eggs, and I think it makes a lot of sense. Heeding his suggestion, I will occasionally have scrambled eggs because they are tasty, but I try to use mostly hard boiled or sunny side up, or once over because they are not subjected to heat and copious air (oxygen) at the same time.

Why are eggs bad for diabetics? I am diabetic and that is the first I've heard of that! My doctor even recommended that I eat one egg a day as a good source of protein to slow higher glycemic foods more rapid digestion at the same meal.

He asked that I not have high fat meats such as bacon and ham but instead eat the low fat egg for breakfast with my sprouted grain toast and/or fruit and cereal.

I either use a non stick pan or coconut oil so I'm not adding any dangerous fats when cooking. When I don't have an egg for breakfast (days I eat oatmeal), I can have a boiled egg on my lunch salad. So why do you say diabetics shouldn't eat eggs?!?!

In Mexico you are smart enough to let chickens be chickens instead a profit product system! You let your chickens run free and have a life; happy chickens make for better eggs. Something we are just beginning to rediscover here in the USA! Free range chickens and their eggs are being sold here in health food stores and hopefully the rest of the food system here will catch on once they realized their customers are wising up.

"First we were told to avoid them". Not exactly true. This came out of the 80's. Not very long ago at all. "Researchers assumed" another gold standard in junk science. However, Eggbeaters are still flying off of the shelf along with margerine.

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