Eggs, Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Oh my!

Eggs
Eggs (Photo credit: pietroizzo)

Oh, the great egg and cholesterol debate (and butter and cholesterol, and so on and so forth)  — one that I used to buy into myself. People still correlate these things together, and believe one effects or causes the other, despite what the evidence actually says. From my understanding, there is actually no research that links egg consumption to heart disease, among other things. Unfortunately, we’ve all been conditioned to believe it. I even had someone — a close family member, actually — tell me that they would eat eggs every day if they could. The thing is, you can. I eat eggs for breakfast nearly every day and know other paleo/primal lifestyle folks that do so too, and have stellar cholesterol levels. Eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Anyway, I’m not going to get into this any further because I don’t feel like it’s my place to explain or back it up, but for those who don’t believe me or are curious, please refer to the sources that Chris Kresser posts in his article HERE about heart disease and cholesterol. This goes beyond eggs, but the egg debacle is definitely included in the mix.

As you’ll see, Chris reviews over 50 years worth of research, showing that:

  1. High cholesterol is not the primary cause of heart disease.
  2. Diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol do not cause heart disease.
  3. Consumption of so-called, “heart healthy” vegetable oils is linked to heart disease, cancer and many other conditions.
  4. Statin drugs do not reduce the risk of death for most people, and have dangerous side effects and complications.

Please take the time to visit some of the research and resources that Chris references. It’s all about spreading the word and debunking myths, which is exactly what I’m trying to do.

(Photo credit: primalbody-primalmind.com)
(Photo credit: primalbody-primalmind.com)

If I haven’t convinced you enough to click through and read on though, here are some snippets of things you’ll read about if you do:

“There’s absolutely no reason to limit your consumption of eggs to three to four per week, as recommended by “heart-healthy” nutritional guidelines. In fact, consuming two to three eggs per day would provide a better boost to your health and protection against disease than a multivitamin supplement. Eggs truly are one of nature’s superfoods.”

And this:

“There’s no connection whatsoever between the cholesterol in food and cholesterol in the blood. And we’ve known that all along. Cholesterol in the diet doesn’t matter at all unless you happen to be a chicken or a rabbit.”

And this:

“Many of the vitamins and micronutrients in food are fat-soluble, which means they cannot be absorbed without the presence of adequate fat. That means that if you eat fruits or vegetables without fat, you’ll absorb only a fraction of the nutrients you would absorb if you ate them with fat.”

Again, please take the time to click through above or HERE to read on. It’s far too important to pass up. Aside from articles, Chris also includes books, videos, handouts, offsite articles and Web sites. The information is there people … take advantage of it!

Additionally, HERE is another great resource with research from renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Dwight Lundell. In the article, this heart doctor reveals the myths behind cholesterol, statins and low fat diets. And HERE is one more from Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind and one of the world’s leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition.

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6 thoughts on “Eggs, Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Oh my!

  1. SCD Griddle August 15, 2012 / 12:22 pm

    Aren’t all of the myths amazing? You are right – most people believe that they can’t eat eggs everyday. Or they believe that what they eat is “healthy.”
    Good on you for spreading the word!
    Theresa ~SCD Griddle

    • paleoinportland August 15, 2012 / 5:45 pm

      The myths really are amazing and I’m guilty of buying into them myself! It’s funny how I never even questioned such things before. I just believed what I was told and what the media and companies marketed. I’m happy to hear you appreciate my post! It really is about spreading the good word!

  2. myfoodreligion August 15, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Great info! I eat eggs every day too- at least 2, sometimes 4. I used to be one of those “egg white” omelette people too until I did my research and realized how much I was missing out on by ditching the yolks!

    • paleoinportland August 16, 2012 / 4:14 am

      Thanks @myfoodreligion! I’m glad you appreciate it! I used to be scared of eating too many egg yolks and eggs in general too. Now, I pretty much eat at least 2 a day — yolks and all. Isn’t it amazing what we didn’t know for so long?

    • paleoinpdx September 5, 2012 / 9:58 pm

      I know, it’s ridiculous what we’re brainwashed to believe! I used to watch my egg and yolk intake too and recall ordering egg white omelets when I’d go out for breakfast. Not anymore though! Thanks for sharing the article, by the way. I’ll be sure to check it out!

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