Eggs: They’re Trying to Kill You

Newly minted with a PhD in biology, Monica, who links to a couple of my posts on healthful fat, also dissects for you the differences in all the labeling concerning eggs.

Go take a look. There's a picture, too. And note: properly raised chickens are not vegetarians. They eat bugs of all sorts when allowed to forage in pastures and this is a huge source of proper nutrition for them; and it shows in the quality of the eggs they produce.

This also seems like a good time to dispense with some lunacy regarding the use of eggs; in particular, the practice of tossing out the yolk in order to have a "healthy" egg-white omelet. Bullshit.

…And Idiotic! And ignorant. This could go under the category of "is god stupid?" if you're a religious person. Otherwise, "is nature malevolent?" Here, presumably, you would have a good source of protein worthy of human consumption, packaged along with something that's trying to kill you.

Yea, eggs & chickens: trying to kill you. You're supposed to just eat the unappetizing "good" white and leave the tasty "bad" yolk part alone. Forbidden fruit. That'll teach you.

See? Moronic, huh? So how about some facts?

In the vastly spanning arena of publicly-circulated diet, health, and nutrition myths, eggs really–sorry, I can't resist–take a beating. People believe eggs are an unhealthy diet choice, that eggs will give them high cholesterol, ultimately that eggs should be drastically limited in or omitted from a healthy diet. None of this is true, yet most people unhesitatingly repeat such nutrition misinformation. […]

EGGS NUTRITION MYTH #1: Eating egg whites rather than whole eggs is the healthy diet alternative.

The nutritional value of egg whites is practically nil. The whites have about half an egg's protein content, yes, and almost all of its sodium. That's pretty much it, barring trace amounts of other nutrients. The healthiest diet, of course, operates by maximizing nutrition value with every bite. In this sense of nutrition, albumen is fairly pointless, particularly when contrasted with egg yolks.

From a nutrition standpoint, egg yolks are the most nourishing food. Period. They contain almost every mineral and vitamin the human diet requires… […]

EGGS NUTRITION MYTH #2: Eating eggs causes high cholesterol.

This sentiment is not merely an egg fiction. It's a mass-misunderstanding of how cholesterol works. Eggs just happen to be the most prominent innocent bystander… […]

Roughly ¼ of your body's blood cholesterol comes from your diet. The other ¾ of blood cholesterol is produced by your body, and is entirely unrelated to food and cholesterol consumption in your diet.

And you shouldn't be anybody's fool about cholesterol and its effects, either. Even the pill pushers know it isn't true (note: it never was, and you should never forget that, or the wonderful nutrition you've been denying yourselves for decades because of an outright lie and knowing manipulations of data).

With JUPITER, cardiologists are finally acknowledging that the cholesterol hypothesis is unsupported. As Dr. James Stein, M.D., from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison told Heartwire yesterday, he praised the JUPITER study for exposing that current therapeutic LDL-cholesterol levels are arbitrary, but more importantly, a poor indicator of cardiovascular risk. “Many patients with heart attacks have normal LDL-cholesterol values,” he said, adding that doctors and patients have been lulled into a false sense of security with normal LDL cholesterol levels. […]

As lead JUPITER investigator Dr. Paul M. Ridker, M.D., with the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues wrote: “Measurement of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, an inflammatory biomarker that independently predicts future vascular events, improves global classification of risk, regardless of the LDL cholesterol level. We have previously shown that statin therapy reduces high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels and that among healthy persons, patients with stable coronary disease, and those with the acute coronary syndrome, the magnitude of the benefit associated with statin therapy correlates in part with the achieved high-sensitivity C-reactive protein level."

One question these newly enlightened docs (about effin' time) might want to ask themselves is how they might deal with such widespread inflammation, marked by high levels of C-reactive protein, short of prescribing statins. Getting off grains (i.e., wheat and its gluten and other lectins primarily), refined sugar, highly processed vegetable oils, and crap food in general, all replaced with heavy doses of Real Food did the trick for me.

Later: It occurs to me to mention that eggs are also a decent source (yolk only!) of K2 Menatetrenone (MK-4), a vitamin that most are deficient in, and which now looks to possibly be so important as to protect against arterial calcification, and even reverse it.

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  1. Monica on November 16, 2008 at 10:34

    Yeah. Not long ago I came across this idiotic story:

    The text is no longer available but the gist was that eating an egg a day would increase a middle aged man's risk of death by more than 20%.


    I should have pointed out in my post that eating even factory farmed eggs, which I do on occasion, would still be a whole lot better than eating 90% of the grain and vegetable based Frankenfood available in the supermarket.

    Eggs! The heart healthy food! (particularly when realizing they are high in vitamin D and K2, both important for heart health).

    Poor ignorant nutritionists and the American Heart Association. Too bad they are still foisting this crap on Americans.

  2. martin miller-yianni on November 16, 2008 at 12:58

    I've been following you for quite a while now and this latest blog just struck a chord. A big bravo for speaking out common sense with natural food. Too many 'idiots' and 'do gooders' (not sure of the difference) preach a load of bull, it's a business of fashion you know. Honesty from a hands one point os view is rare in this day and age, we have to support each other in this false world of propaganda to brain people purely from profit making.
    I stand up to your principles and applaude you. Well done.

  3. Methuselah - Pay Now Live Later on November 16, 2008 at 10:28

    I eat around 30 free-range, organic egss per week, yolk included. Fantastic.

  4. Richard Nikoley on November 16, 2008 at 11:13


    My knee jerk reaction to such an _association_ is that the problem is that they're only eating _one_.

    I probably eat an average of four or so, per day.

  5. Jacqueline on November 16, 2008 at 14:23

    My kids must know this instinctively – the egg white is a waste of space bit I mean – they have perfected an egg eating technique (not the best of table manners I must admit) where when given fried eggs they carefully cut around the yolk, then lift it up and eat it all in one go – trying not to spill a drop – and they leave the white – we end up putting out the discarded egg whites for the birds!

  6. Pam Maltzman on November 16, 2008 at 15:29

    I work as a medical transcriptionist. However, I have long been aware that there have always been dissenters from the anti-cholesterol and anti-fat hysteria.

    It's great that some scientists (and doctors) are FINALLY coming around to the truth about this subject.

    However, it will take a lot longer to filter down to the actual doctors (especially cardiologists) who are treating most people.

    When I type up a discharge summary for a cardiac patient, they are almost ALWAYS given statin drugs and told to eat a low-fat, "heart-healthy," low-sodium diet.

    I cringe and comment under my breath when I'm transcribing such a report. The willful ignorance of many doctors is berathtaking… and deadly.

  7. Pam Maltzman on November 16, 2008 at 18:56

    Also, my impression is that both Barry Sears and Loren Cordain have bought into the anti-fat, anti-cholesterol hysteria.

    The typical attitudes of many MDs and osteopaths toward fat (conditioned by the anti-saturated-fat hysteria) is just one reason why many folks, like me, don't go to doctors very often. Plus, typing up reports as I do, makes me glad that I don't have all "those" things wrong with me (yet, anyway).

    I just bought some commercial eggs at Wal-Mart because money is tight… but come to think of it, one of the feed stores in my town has locally-produced eggs available for about $2.00 per dozen.

    This week, I'll go check back with them and see what kind of a supply I can get. I did buy some of them before, and I definitely noticed a difference… larger, more upstanding yolks, etc.

    I enjoy your blog… have just started to read it intermittently in the last few weeks.

  8. Chris on November 17, 2008 at 00:44

    Brilliant summary. I eat quite a few eggs, but more importantly, I let my 22 month old son eat a lot of them. He has maybe one or two eggs a day, he absolutly loves them. And interestingly, he will not (no matter how much I try) eat bread, and dislikes most grains. He loves fruit too. I think children can be quite instinctive in their food choices if you listen to them.

    Jacqueline – bit ashamed to say this, but I do that too! And I am 33 years old….

  9. Richard Nikoley on November 17, 2008 at 08:43


    Though I don't have kids, my opinion from the experience of growing up with three younger brothers and observing many others including nieces & nephews is that all the "eating problems" are created by parents.

    Let them eat real food when hungry, never try to force any kind of food on them, have them eat only what's available to all in the family (w no junk), and if they don't want, fine, there's always the next meal. Do that, and they'll be loving Brussels sprouts inside of two weeks.

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