I was having a friendly online conversation with a guy this morning. We were talking about the pros/cons of eggs. He told me that “eggs are good for you”. So I asked him to send me a link to the study that said eggs are “good for you”. Below is what he sent me. It’s not a study, it’s on opinion that I’m about to pick it apart.
Are chicken eggs good or bad for my cholesterol?
Answer From Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
Chicken eggs are high in cholesterol,
Eggs are high in cholesterol. Let’s make sure we know what cholesterol is. According to the American Heart Association, Cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs it to build cells.
We need cholesterol! In fact, your liver makes cholesterol. It makes 100% of the cholesterol that your body needs to function properly. It’s good stuff, right? Yeah. That’s why your body makes it.
The cholesterol that you get from eggs (and meat, poultry, and dairy) is extra. And more of a good thing must be better, right?
Cholesterol can join with other substances to form a thick, hard deposit on the inside of the arteries making them more narrow and less flexible. Those things aren’t a problem either, unless you’re afraid of a little heart attack or a stroke. If you don’t want to die with your face in a plate of fried chicken, extra cholesterol may not be for you.
That’s what cholesterol is.
but the effect of egg consumption on blood cholesterol is minimal when compared with the effect of trans fats and saturated fats
So the cholesterol in an egg isn’t as bad as trans fats and saturated fats. Here… just drink this little drop of poison. It’s not as bad as this other kind of poison. Heck, by comparison, you could even say that it’s good for you!
The risk of heart disease may be more closely tied to the foods that accompany the eggs in a traditional American breakfast — such as the sodium in the bacon, sausages and ham, and the saturated fat or oils with trans fats used to fry the eggs and the hash browns.
Sure the egg stole your watch, but it’s really his friends you need to worry about. Bacon sets schools on fire. Ham stabbed a guy in the face!
It’s okay to have a criminal for a friend, as long as it’s not the worst one.
Most healthy people can eat up to seven eggs a week with no increase in their risk of heart disease. Some studies have shown that this level of egg consumption may actually prevent some types of strokes.
Lots of weasel words here. Most (not all) healthy (how do they define healthy?) people can eat up to (maybe less than) seven eggs without making their risk worse.
If you’re really healthy you might not make the clogging in your arteries any worse by eating eggs. You’re not going to get any better, but there’s a chance you won’t make it worse.
But the story may be different for people who have diabetes. In this ever-growing population, some research shows eating seven eggs a week significantly increases the risk of heart disease. Other studies have shown that egg consumption does not affect heart disease risk factors. More research is needed to prove the association between egg consumption and developing heart disease in people with diabetes.
Eggs might make your diabetes worse. But it might not make it worse. This paragraph contains no useful information at all.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating only 100 to 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol a day depending on your caloric level. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one large egg has about 186 mg of cholesterol — all of which is found in the yolk.
What “dietary guidelines” is this referring to? Some that this guy made up? Some that were made up by a study sponsored by the egg lobby? Show your work, doctor! The correct recommended number of an unnecessary substance that you can put into your body is zero. How much extra cholesterol should you put into your body? None!
If you like eggs but don't want the extra cholesterol, use only the egg whites. Egg whites contain no cholesterol. You may also use cholesterol-free egg substitutes, which are made with egg whites.
Cholesterol from eggs is a dangerous substance. The author seems to be hanging his hat on that one point alone as if there’s nothing else in an egg that’s bad for us. If that were true, egg whites would be great. But it’s not, and they’re not.
So my friend citing this article when he made the assertion that “eggs are good for you” is nonsense. It’s lazy. But he probably enjoys eggs and wants someone, anyone, to tell him they’re okay.
You’re free to eat all the eggs you like. Have mine while you’re at it. But don’t tell me they’re “good for you” and then point to this pile of speculations, caveats, maybes and phantom authority.