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Confused About How Healthy Eggs Are?

Famously fidgety comedian Lewis Black had one of his more famous rants about how infuriated he got with the health recommendations for eggs:

The people who told us about sun block were the same people who told us, when I was a kid, that eggs were good. So I ate a lot of eggs. Ten years later they said they were bad. I went, “Well, I just ate the eggs!” So I stopped eating eggs, and 10 years later they said they were good again! Well, then I ate twice as many, and then they said they were bad. Well, now I’m really f#%!ed! Then they said they’re good, they’re bad, they’re good, the whites are good, th-the yellows – make up your mind! It’s breakfast I’ve gotta eat!

I guess I’m just as confused as Mr. Black, because I thought the latest findings were already confirmed. But if I’m mistaken, here’s the latest: There’s no reason to limit your egg intake, as it has little to no impact on your cholesterol levels.

Researchers at University of Surrey in England analyzed several studies on egg nutrition and found that the idea that eating more than three eggs a week was bad for you is still being widely perpetuated. According to their findings, eating saturated fats was far more likely to cause health problems.

“The ingrained misconception linking egg consumption to high blood cholesterol and heart disease must be corrected,” says Researcher Professor Bruce Griffin. “The amount of saturated fat in our diet exerts an effect on blood cholesterol that is several times greater than the relatively small amounts of dietary cholesterol.”

If you need to reduce your cholesterol levels, cut back on the amount of saturated fat from fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, and desserts.

So Mr. Black, you can eat your eggs again.

February 16th, 2009

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