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More Evidence "Bad" Eggs Are Only A Myth

Some of the more popular articles I've posted on my site have debunked the risks of eating eggs, one of the healthiest foods in the world. A new study partially funded by the American Egg Board goes even further to dispel such myths. Researchers found eating two eggs a day for six weeks didn't elevate a patient's risk of cardiac problems nor did it increase his or her cholesterol levels either.

Scientists compared how consuming eggs and oats affected the endothelial function (an aggregate measure of cardiac risk) of 49 healthy patients. A measurement of how well the lining of vessels work to keep blood moving by widening was stable in both groups. Additionally, egg consumption didn't increase total or LDL cholesterol levels.

But, one particular finding - eating oats significantly lowering both levels of cholesterol - may perpetuate an erroneous belief among "the experts" that oats may be better for you. Fact is, at least 75 percent of all Americans would benefit from severely limiting or eliminating all grains - refined, whole, sprouted or otherwise - from their diets, as they can impair your body's ability to ability to regulate insulin.

As far as choosing the right kind of eggs, you can't go wrong with free-range organic varieties, although I recommend purchasing your eggs from the farmer directly if at all possible. Just as important as where you buy your eggs is how you prepare them.

This may come as a shock to you but it is best for you to eat your eggs raw. This helps preserve many of the highly perishable nutrients such as lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are powerful prevention elements of the most common cause of blindness, age related macular degeneration. To learn more about the sound medical reasons you should be eating your eggs raw, you'll want to review the latest updated recommendations I posted last month.

International Journal of Cardiology, Volume 99, Issue 1, March 10, 2005: Pages 65-70

Heart Center Online March 28, 2005

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