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Cholesterol Vs. Eggs

Doctors, who generally have no formal training in nutrition, typically give bad nutritional advice. A classic example of this is the bad nutritional advice to not eat eggs, and its variation "toss out every other egg white."

This bit of bad nutritional advice arises for two reasons:

  1. Egg yolks contain cholesterol (true).

  2. Eating cholesterol raises your cholesterol (false).

The cholesterol in an egg yolk will not, in itself raise your blood cholesterol.

First of all, the cholesterol in the egg does not survive the acid in the stomach. So, it no longer exists once the eggs you just ate hit the duodenum.

Secondly, cholesterol in the blood is your body's response to leaking blood vessels. If your cholesterol is "high," you need to fix the cause rather than try to lower the cholesterol level by discarding perfectly good food.

So, there is no nutritional reason to discard egg yolks. There are many reasons to eat those egg yolks. And where you get those eggs from also matters, but we'll cover that later.

As an anecdote, I was on a 12-egg a day diet in high school. I did this after seeing the Rocky movie and got fantastic results from raw eggs in a blender. The source is important, or raw eggs may kill you. My total cholesterol was about 120.

Over the years since then, while still eating copious quantities of whole eggs, I've always had an excellent cholesterol profile. There are other people who have had this same experience, and the reasons for that are things you now understand by virtue of having red the preceding text. Eating egg yolks does not raise your cholesterol. In fact, by eating properly-sourced eggs, you will ingest sufficient Omega 3 to lower your cholesterol. A person with high cholesterol would be wise to eat a dozen eggs a day to help correct that problem (assuming the eggs are properly sourced).

It's interesting that doctors will tell you to avoid egg yolks because they contain cholesterol, which is a fat. How else do you get fat-soluble vitamins? You will, for example, find Vitamin D in egg yolks. We sell Vitamin D test sample kits for taking the blood spot samples needed to evaluate Vitamin D levels. The lab that processes these samples told us that the only person thus far (in all the years they've offered this service) to not show a Vitamin D deficiency was a woman on the Australian Olympic team. And your doctor advises you to discard this source of Vitamin D? Is that insane, or just ignorant?

Egg yolks contain many other nutrients that people (especially in the USA) tend to be deficient in. For example, Omega 3 fatty acids. You probably know a lot about those. Now, you also know you get those from egg yolks. But only if the eggs are sourced properly.

The egg white has more protein, potassium, and sodium than the yolk. Other than that, it's literally a pale imitation of the yolk's nutritional density.

We found a great analysis of the egg yolk vs. the egg white, if you're interested. That author claims that egg yolks, if not discarded, would solve the most common nutritional deficiencies among Americans.


What is a properly-sourced egg?

When I was a kid, grandma sent me out to the chicken coup to get eggs. Usually, I could reach under a hen and steal an egg from her without causing too much fuss. But sometimes, I would be in a hurry and not be as considerate as the hen expected. That would get me a painful peck on the hand. It's hard telling how many eggs I dropped. But I can tell you exactly how many I broke. Zero.

Suppose you pick up a carton of the lowest-priced factory farmed eggs. Drop one from only a short distance, and what happens? It breaks. Why? Because a malnourished, tortured, unhappy, overstressed chicken laid that egg and it has a thin, brittle shell.

I've picked up intact eggs of many bird species (jays, cardinals, robins, pigeons, etc.) from the ground. Eggs are not meant to be extremely fragile. Those that are extremely fragile are defective.

Monsanto, a corporation that has bought a large number of judges, legislators, and federal agency employees, forces its subsidized corn (meaning we pay Monsanto whether we use their corn or not) into places where corn does not belong.

Ruminant animals such as cattle should not eat corn. For one thing, it sends their e-coli count skyrocketing (we are all aware of this problem, now). Feeding it to chickens is just as insane. The corn lacks the nutrients the chickens need, but it gives them a corn sugar overdose. The chickens who are misfed this garbage are also forced to stand in cages so tiny they cannot turn around. So they are pumping out stress hormones at maximum levels. And you would eat their eggs? Please, don't!

You can tell a properly-sourced egg from a poison one without ever seeing the carton either egg came in. The shell difference, we've already mentioned. The eggs smell and taste different from each other, too.

But, some people say, those free-range and unabused chicken eggs cost more! Why should I pay a 50% premium for those eggs? Here's your answer. The eggs from abused chickens are a 100% waste of money. Would you rather spend two bucks for something nutritious you can safely eat, or spend $1.50 to get nothing at all? Getting nothing in return for your money isn't a bargain. Imagine paying a cab driver $50 to get you to your destination vs. $30 to not take you anywhere. Which is really more expensive?

Oh, well, if you are going to eat the toxic eggs, then you are going to have the health problems resulting from that while also supporting an industry that produces giant mounds of manure that stink up entire towns, and that does massive environmental damage that you end up paying for. Doesn't seem like a bargain to me.

Get your eggs from a good source, and eat the whole egg. Doing so provides a health bonanza.


See also: Reducing Cholesterol


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