The Egg Debate
The recent Northwestern study certainly has us buzzing. It’s important to remember that even the healthiest food can be dangerous in excess and eggs are no exception. However, they are still a great source of essential amino acids, choline, and iron. Additionally, previous studies have shown us the importance of the cholesterol we get from eggs. Cholesterol is responsible for hormone production,cell membrane fluidity, and brain function. A 2008 study even showed us that the elderly with the best memory function had the highest levels of cholesterol!
There is 300 mg of cholesterol in two eggs and at any given time there is roughly 10,000 mg of cholesterol in our blood. So, will and additional 300 mg make a difference? Probably not.
It is important to remember that heart disease is a lifestyle illness and more than just egg consumption comes into play. Things like physical activity, stress, daily diet, and genetic expression all play a role.
So, don’t give up eggs that easily, be sure to check your facts and know that not all studies are created equal.
Lastly, don’t forget to source your eggs from free range hens to ensure they are packed full of nutrients and anti-inflammatory omega-3s!
My favorite egg brands:
Pete & Gerry’s Organic
Your local farmer
Personally, I enjoy eggs daily. I may have one for breakfast, lightly fried in coconut oil on top of sautéed kale or if dinner is a little light I will add an egg on top to round it out. In my experience, eggs only enhance meals making them more filling, satisfying, and more nutritious. To maintain the nutrient content, keep the yolks on the softer side and use high heat oils like coconut, avocado, or ghee for cooking.