Eggs: Debunking the Myth!

by Theresa Mesler on August 10, 2017

Anywhere you look these days, be it in a health magazine, blog, television, or social media website, there is always someone toting the miraculous, curing benefits of one food, or villainizing the effects of another.  Taglines like “this superfood cures cancer!”, “burns fat without exercise!” or “don’t eat this if you have this blood type!” and other unusual, flashy claims that often aren’t backed by solid science pervade the consumer viewing pool. We get confused, don’t know what to eat to optimize health, and get caught up in the compartmentalization of “diets”. It gets frustrating and overwhelming!

Eggs are one such demonized product. We all have heard that you shouldn’t eat eggs because they’re high in cholesterol and will cause heart disease, but this information was based on studies using simple analysis methods. Since then, more research has been conducted, and it was found that eggs are actually beneficial to health in many ways, and compared to saturated fat and other risk factors, such as smoking, overweight/obesity, and inactivity, eggs only raised the risk of coronary heart disease by less than 1%!

Eggs boast over 18 vitamins and minerals, including all of the B vitamins, vitamins A,D, and E, as well as iodine, zinc, calcium, and antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin).  Plus, one egg has 6 grams of protein. At bare minimum, it is suggested by the USDA that a person eat at least .8 grams/kilogram per day to maintain muscle mass. For a 150lb. person, this equates to a little over 4 ounces of protein a day. Another fun fact: healthy, happy chickens can lay about 6-7 eggs per week, and the more room they have to roam, eat bugs and grass, and enjoy their lives, the more likely that they will lay nutritionally superior eggs.

Being conscious of where our food comes from not only pays off in term of our our health, but also the creatures we share the planet with.

Come visit our very happy chicken sat EarthDance during our free Saturday farm tours!

 

The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 

References

Barraj, L., Tran, N., & Mink, P. (2009). A Comparison of Egg Consumption with Other Modifiable Coronary Heart Disease Lifestyle Risk Factors: A Relative Risk Apportionment Study. Risk Analysis. doi:DOI: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2008.01149.x

Busch, S. (n.d.). USDA Protein Requirements in Grams. Retrieved from SFGate: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/usda-protein-requirements-grams-8619.html

Natoli, S., Markovic, D., Lim, D., Noakes, M., & Kostner, K. (2007). Unscrambling the research: Eggs, serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease. Nutrition & Dietetics, 64. doi: DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2007.00093.x

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