Are Eggs Good For Your Health?
In the days when I still believed eggs were good for me, I’d eat an omelet every morning. What led me to that widely held belief were statements like these, found with a quick online search:
“This means that eggs have more nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) per calorie than most other foods.” (WebMD)
“One of the best sources of protein available in your kitchen, eggs are chock-full of essential nutrients such as vitamins A, D, B12, and an under-the-radar essential known as choline.” (Good Housekeeping)
“Eggs are one of the few foods that should be classified as “superfoods… ¦Eggs are pretty much nature’s perfect food.” (Healthline)
But by going vegan 2 ½ years ago, I said good-bye to eggs — and haven’t missed them in the least. I especially don’t miss their artery-clogging cholesterol!
Eggs, after all, are known to be the most concentrated source of dietary cholesterol. This meta-analysis of more than a dozen studies involving over 300,000 subjects uncovered “a dose-[dependent] association between egg consumption and the risk of [cardiovascular disease] and diabetes.”
But then I wondered, if it’s dose-dependent, would one egg a day be a problem?
Yes, according to the Harvard Physicians Study. It followed 20 thousand doctors for 20 years. Dr. Michael Greger points to its finding that “those who ate just one egg a day or more had significantly higher all-cause mortality.”
And the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, he says, found that ”The daily consumption of the amount of cholesterol found in just a single egg appeared to cut a woman’s life short as much as smoking…five cigarettes a day, for fifteen years.”
OK, one egg a day is too many. Three eggs a week?
Nope! A study in the journal Atherosclerosis found that eating three or more eggs a week was associated with significantly increased carotid-artery plaque buildup — “a strong predictor of stroke, heart attack, and death.”
One egg a week? “Eating just a single egg a week appeared to increase the odds of diabetes by 76%.”
Even one egg a year could be one too many, if it gives you salmonella poisoning! In 2001, the CDC estimated that 118,000 cases resulted from eating salmonella-contaminated eggs.
Ten years later, the Food and Drug Administration estimated the annual number of salmonella infections had risen to 142,000.
The bottom line? Not one a day, one a week or one a year. Eggs are never healthy!