Cracking the Cholesterol Myth: Are Eggs Heart-Breakers or Not?

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Our grid depends on this mineral

Fried egg in shape of heart on blue plate top view

Eggs have suffered from a bad reputation for a long time, demonized for their high fat and cholesterol content.

Despite an expanding body of research that contradicts claims that eggs (and dietary cholesterol and fat) are bad for health, the belief that they are risky is still prevalent.

Research is ongoing, and now another study on eggs and their impact on blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health has been published.

The findings are intriguing.

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  • straight shooter

    Demonizing eggs is just more AMA nonsense. In fact, the entire cholesterol scare is mostly just a scam to get the entire country on statins, which can cause far more damage than having high cholesterol.

    75% of all heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels. Inflammation is often the culprit instead, mostly caused by processed foods, soda, medication or a combo thereof. I had to laugh when the article mentioned Rockefeller University–where the answer is always more pharma.

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  • Asylumsix

    Farm fresh! not this crap you get at the store, it’s actually really simple to take care of a couple hens, you can pretty much get 1 egg per hen a day, you’ll notice a difference right away when you start eating eggs from a chicken that has been fed a good diet that includes worms and grubs from actually being outside instead of a factory farm shelf, the color of the yolk is quite different, deeper yellow and much tastier…

    Really easy to do if you only have a couple of them, really cheap to set up a coup/cage with chicken wire and some pallet wood.

    • Jas

      Plus you get multicolored eggs. 3 hens can lay a lot of eggs in one week.

  • Helluva3ngineer

    They probably are full of cholesterol…the good kind.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      There is no bad kind. All kinds are made by the body because it uses them throughout.

      • Reverend Draco

        Low levels of cholesterol are actually a mortal danger to people over age 50.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          Low levels of cholesterol are damaging to anyone who has a brain (which is mostly cholesterol) or who wants to have proper hormone balance, since cholesterol is the primary precursor for most hormones.

          • Reverend Draco

            Damaging to the younger – fatal to the older.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            If the liver is assaulted, it will provide all the cholesterol the body needs at any age, and cholesterol is totally safe and beneficial if if hasn’t been damaged by free radicals, etc.

  • madtxn

    first free range eggs I gave my sister she would not eat them, ” the yokes look like orange mustard”. she will not eat a store bought now unless they are free range or mine. eggs are just like beef, chicken, pork, fish, fruit, vegetables, etc that are factory farmed, full of shit that is not natural. I raise free range organic everything and am blessed with the very best.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      What are you going to do when the food police take them away?

      • madtxn

        they will take nothing as long as I am alive.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    Dr. Weston A. Price and Vilhjalmur Stefansson knew the truth about this before the FDA approved statins.

  • Reverend Draco

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25655639

    Abstract

    In contrast to the current belief that cholesterol reduction with statins decreases atherosclerosis, we present a perspective that statins may be causative in coronary artery calcification and can function as mitochondrial toxins that impair muscle function in the heart and blood vessels through the depletion of coenzyme Q10 and ‘heme A’, and thereby ATP generation. Statins inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2, the cofactor for matrix Gla-protein activation, which in turn protects arteries from calcification. Statins inhibit the biosynthesis of selenium containing proteins, one of which is glutathione peroxidase serving to suppress peroxidative stress. An impairment of selenoprotein biosynthesis may be a factor in congestive heart failure, reminiscent of the dilated cardiomyopathies seen with selenium deficiency. Thus, the epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated by the pervasive use of statin drugs. We propose that current statin treatment guidelines be critically reevaluated.

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    Interesting thing. . . when I mentioned this to a doctor – brought him a printout of the abstract, had a talk with him. . . his idea of a critical reevaluation was, “they’re fine, keep taking them.”
    I never went to him again, and understood why he said what he said, and did what he did, a few months later when I got a letter informing me that he was moving to Guam. He was scamming as much money out of his patients as he could get, to finance his new clinic.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Since statins are antioxidants and the damage that is done to cholesterol that makes it form plaques is oxidative…
      Dr. Duane Graveline learned about this effect of statins after he self-diagnosed his two experiences with transient global amnesia and reduced his dosage of statins by 90% to take advantage of the antioxidant effect without losing his memory again. Most doctors are equally ignorant of the effect of what they prescribe to their patients before they get their own oxes gored.

  • Health Fitness Cafe

    Everyone in my family eats at least one organic egg every day including my dog. I would like to get my own hens one day to avoid contributing to baby male chicks being killed. So sad.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      How would getting your own hens prevent baby cockerels from being killed?

      • Health Fitness Cafe

        Well they wouldn’t as long as people buy commercial eggs. Even on most organic farms, the male chicks are killed because they are useless to the farmers. I don’t like being part of this insanity. Although, they are probably better off than the chickens raised in factory farms. I don’t consume animals or their products except for eggs (for the nutrition) and the occasional turkey bacon or piece of cheese which I sometimes can’t resist. 90 percent of my diet is is plant-based. So that makes me an almost vegetarian or vegan, I guess.

        • disqus_9thvxsth

          There is no insanity in destroying a useless chick. As you already pointed out in your previous post, you as a customer only want hens, not roosters. If the producer fed each chick and could only sell 50% of them, the hens, the costs would double, but no added income to offset thise costs. Same as destroying runt piglets, can’t feed an animal that no one will buy in the future. That WOULD be insane. Only the US government can feed animals with no hope of profit (wild horses as an example), and they can only accomplish this because they can take money from taxpayers. Farmers and ranchers (producers) live a hard life, feeding the world, by doing what must be done. To continue they must scratch out profit.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          The only advantage the ladies have is egg laying. Both sexes are equally edible, usually egg layers become stew pot chickens because they get tougher as their eggs get larger, until they stop, then they stew. I would assume that you would support genetic manipulation that would eliminate males? Since there has never been a single vegetarian dietitian who could demonstrate a diet composed entirely of plants that can provide as high quality protein as a omnivorous or carnivorous diet, and protein will never make you fat, you can have all of the plants that I won’t waste my stomach acid on. I don’t do dairy, but eggs aren’t dairy, while they are the most complete animal protein.

          • Health Fitness Cafe

            I would never support genetic manipulation to eliminate males. I am against genetic manipulation of any kind, animal or plants. If both sexes are equally edible then why are baby male chicks from egg laying hens killed? I have to say that I have been a pure vegetarian for 10 years and a vegan for 3 years. I did not gain weight on either diet not did I have a problem getting protein. I will admit that the pure vegan diet was difficult to stay on but not the vegetarian. I do believe eggs are very healthy, however, and I like them. So except for my eggs, and occasional turkey bacon and piece of cheese for breakfast, I eat vegan. Breakfast is my vegetarian and sometimes carnivore meal. That is enough to satisfy my urge for meat. I consume lots of vegetable soups, sauteed vegetables, fruits, and whole grains especially oats, spelt, quinoa, and millet. I do not touch toxic modern wheat and very rarely processed foods. I make all my own bread and muffins. My 16 year old thinks I’m a great cook so I am doing something right.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Have you ever heard of epigenetics?

      • Thomas B Eggleton

        There is a video on youtube about this activity of industrial chicken operations but it is so gross that you need age-verification.

        “Chick culling” involves dumping recently-hatched male chicks, which are of no use to breeders, into a grinder, x 100s of millions a year in the USA.

        So, when one doesn’t participate in industrial farming practices by not buying nor consuming their products, one is not contributing to their practices.

  • Thomas B Eggleton

    I had a two egg omelet for dinner. Added onion, avocado, beans, asparagus and garlic, turmeric, all mixed up, sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on top. serve with non-gmo toast with organic butter and coffee!

    I might do that twice a week, otherwise no daily eggs.

    Only organic range-fed eggs do I eat, not the industrial, poisoned, hormone-laced, antibiotic-laden, pharmaceutical-drugged, pesticide-soaked starved for the purpose of forcing them to molt chicken eggs.

    Free-range chickens produce eggs that have (Compared to USDA nutrient data for commercial eggs):
    Two-thirds more vitamin A
    Twice as many omega-3 fats
    Three times as much vitamin E
    Seven times more beta carotene

    Eggs contain some of the highest quality protein you can eat, as well as beneficial fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

    Avoid industrial produced eggs–like United Egg Producers Certified:
    67 square inches per bird; cannot nest or perch or even spread their wings; forced molting prohibited. Hens may be pumped full of antibiotics, fed GE corn or soy, or contaminated with arsenic.

    • Health Fitness Cafe

      A+!!! Right. Even if you have no concern for the life of chickens, who wants to eat eggs from animals that are full of antibiotics and GMO products. By the way, factory-farmed chickens are also frequently given Prozac in their feed to keep them calm. I like to buy organic free-range omega-3 because the chickens are not just fed organic corn and soy but also organic flaxseed. Since I don’t eat toxic fish, this is another way to get more omega-3.

  • Health Fitness Cafe

    Excellent. Agreed.