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Misleading Ads Promote Cardiovascular Disease

Misleading Ads Promote Cardiovascular Disease

Approximately 20 years ago, the American Heart Association, along with several consumer groups, and the Federal Trade Commission, executed successful legal action which urged the egg industry to stop misleading and false advertising that eggs "had no harmful effects on health." This was upheld by the Supreme Court. This anti-cholesterol assault resulted in a reduction of egg consumption, causing severe economic loss to the egg industry.

In response, the egg industry created the National Commission on Egg Nutrition to compensate from economic stress. Their ads declared that "There is absolutely no scientific evidence whatsoever that eating eggs in any way increases the risk of heart attack." Their ads contained seven claims, which the US Court of Appeals found "patently false, misleading, and deceptive."

Since 1977, Dr. Michael Greger explains that "The American Egg Board has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to convince people that eating eggs are not going to kill them, and it's working. Research shows that the advertising has been effective in decreasing consumers' concerns over eggs and cholesterol heart health." Dr. Greger says that they are currently targeting their egg campaign to mothers. As part of their marketing campaign, The American Egg Board pays scientists to answer questions like "What studies can help disassociate eggs from cardiovascular health?" If you find this information troubling, please watch Dr. Greger's short video where he explains these concerns in more detail.

Warning! This video contains the "b...s..." swear word bleeped out noticeably. We apologize to all who might possibly become offended. We feel that the life-saving content of this video is important despite that choice of wording.

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