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What’s Wrong With Eggs?

What’s Wrong With Eggs?

Scrambled, fried, hard boiled, or poached - there seems to be a way to prepare eggs to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. I'm sure many of you have fond memories of eating bacon and eggs for breakfast with your families on weekend mornings. Eggs are a comfort food. When asked what is wrong with eggs I sometimes flippantly reply "besides the yolk, the whites and the shell?" But, seriously, let's delve a little deeper...

Eggs have always been advertised as being an excellent source of protein, vitamins and other nutrients which are essential for good health. Eggs do supply protein, and several vitamins and minerals, but let's consider some of the other components of the egg. Contrary to what we may have read or heard on the news, consuming eggs can contribute to developing risk factors for serious health problems. The first concern regarding eggs is its high cholesterol content - eggs contain the highest concentrated source of cholesterol. But, that is not the end of the story. 

Susan Levin, MS, R.D, from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) addresses these issues in a very interesting article full of scientific references which she wrote for Forks Over Knives. In fact, her article was the inspiration for this blog. Some of the points that Susan brings out include:

  1. One egg contains more cholesterol than people with many diseases should eat in a day
  2. Human beings make enough cholesterol and have no need to eat dietary cholesterol
  3. Eggs are a common source of food poisoning due to the porous nature of their shells
  4. Numersous studies show that eggs contribute to Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease 
  5. Even egg whites are problematic due to being concentrated sources of animal protein

Susan's parting words to her readers:

Be smart! Skip the eggs and enjoy better health!

Plant-based foods which offers the same nutritive value of eggs, without any of the negative effects, include lentils, chia seeds, quinoa, nutritional yeast, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, cashews and beans. But, don't stop there. A diet of simple, whole, unprocessed plant-based foods provides all your nutritive needs. I agree with Susan:

Be smart! Skip the eggs and enjoy better health!

For more information: 

(1) What's Wrong With Eggs? Article by Susan Levin, MS, RD

(2) Unscrambling the Truth About Eggs

(3) Eggs are Ideal Nutrition (for Pre-hatched Chicks)

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i would love to see whether there is a difference btwn eggs from organically raised, true free range chickens & the ones (conventionally raised) they probably used in the research studies, tho i still believe that a whole foods vegetarian diet is the optimal diet. just curious. i think we all know how studies can b stacked in order to get the desired results. usually, that is done by pharmaceutical companies & conventional medicine, & any other industry that has something to gain. i would hope that the other side would b immune to that, but that is not always the case.

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Even organic eggs are cholesterol-bombs, fiber-deficient, excessively high in saturated fat and come from chickens who are bred to lay about 300 times more than is natural or healthy for them as a species..

Organically raised chickens might produce slightly less contaminated eggs but simply eating whole plant foods is the cleanest, kindest way to eat. How much risk of serious illness do you want to take?

Eggs are a step-up the food chain from the chickens themselves, so whatever persistent environmental toxins the chickens have stored in their flesh, is concentrated even more in their eggs.

A fully plant-based diet is at the BOTTOM of the food chain, which is the safest place to be when it comes to super-bugs, persistent environmental toxins, residual medications, arsenic, etc. Eating a fully plant-based diet is far safer & better suited to human physiology than even organic animal products.

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