Are eggs bad for you? [news flash]
Eggs have received a bad rap and been misunderstood for a long time. For example…
What came first, the chicken or the egg? (LOL, just kidding but hopefully that gave you a laugh)
But for real though…
Have you ever wondered why eggs are located in the dairy section at the grocery store or on food guides when they actually come from chickens, not cows or other animals that produce milk (aka dairy)?
Why aren’t eggs located in the meat department with the rest of the animal proteins?
And how many times have you heard eggs are bad for you, or that you should only eat egg white and avoid the yolks?…especially if you have high cholesterol?
These are some of the most common myths and misunderstandings around eggs, and today I want to clear them up for you so you can eat eggs with peace of mind and reap all of the nutritional benefits they have to offer so you can lose weight, have more energy and feel like yourself again.
Let’s start by busting the biggest egg myth…
A recent study involving 177,000 people over 50 countries found NO SIGNIFICANT correlation between eggs and blood cholesterol levels, mortality or cardiovascular events.
You’ve likely been told your whole life to watch how many eggs you eat because it could lead to high cholesterol, and now you know it’s not true.
The idea that eggs could single-handedly increase cholesterol has always been a silly notion to me because the body is a network of complex systems. When you eat something it gets deconstructed into a million tiny little pieces of nutrients that are dispersed throughout the body and used as building blocks to make cells, tissues, organs and bones.
And cholesterol is no exception to this rule. Here’s what really happens to cholesterol when you consume it…
“Cholesterol is oxidized by the liver into a variety of bile acids. These, in turn, are conjugated with glycine, taurine, glucuronic acid, or sulfate. A mixture of conjugated and nonconjugated bile acids, along with cholesterol itself, is excreted from the liver into the bile. Approximately 95% of the bile acids are reabsorbed from the intestines, and the remainder are lost in the feces.”
Sounds pretty complex right?
In this week’s video and blog, I want to clear up confusion around cholesterol and eggs so you can eat them with peace of mind and reap all of the nutritional benefits they have to offer you to boost your energy, lose weight and feel great.
Now that you can confidently eat eggs without worrying about your cholesterol levels, here’s why you should make them a part of your regular eating routine…
Eggs contain some of the highest levels of Vitamin K2 which actually protects you against heart disease. In fact, K2 is the single most important nutrient preventing calcium deposits on your artery walls.
Egg yolks also contain more choline than any other food. In comparison, egg yolks have ten times more choline than broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Choline prevents fatty liver disease, dementia and other brain-related conditions and it’s important for memory, mood, muscle control, and other brain functions.
Eggs also top the charts for Biotin, a nutrient needed to support all cellular membranes. In fact, deficiencies in Biotin can contribute to depression and issues related to your skin, hair, and nails.
Egg yolks are possibly one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world. They are right up with liver, but I bet you’d rather eat egg yolks over liver…am I right???
Yolks contain vitamins such as A, D, E, K and B6 and nutrients such as Iron, Zinc, and other essential fatty acids. Egg yolks carry a larger percentage of Choline, Biotin, Calcium, Phosphorus, Folate and Pantothenic Acid.
As you can see, eggs are rich in a LOT of nutrients that support every function of your body, giving it the fuel it needs so you can lose weight, have more energy and feel great.
There are only two guidelines you should follow when eating eggs…
- Choose organic, pasture-raised eggs to avoid added hormones and support humane farming practices
- Consider a food sensitivity test to make sure they are right for you and not reactive
I often see people struggling with weight loss, fatigue, thyroid and other hormone imbalances because they aren’t getting enough eggs or naturally occurring cholesterol in their diets.
Cholesterol is a vital nutrient needed to make hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, DHEA and even thyroid. Without this nutrient supply your hormones will run dry.
So don’t fall for the egg and high cholesterol trap. Eat your eggs confidently knowing they are doing your body good!
P.S. If you’d like to get your hands on the right lab tests and resources to see if eggs are right for you so you can feel your best, click here to schedule an Ideal Healthy & Weight Discovery Consultation