Eggs. What are they known for? Raising your cholesterol…providing too much fat…better off avoiding rather than eating. At the very least, cut them waaaaaaaayyyyy back within your diet. These thoughts on eggs came about with the rise of the low-fat diet phenomenon, as well as with the rise in heart disease. Reduce fat within your diet and you will reduce fat on your body. Cut eggs out and you will lower your cholesterol. Dietary fat really became demonized during this time and “low-fat” products boomed. I wrote on my thoughts on this in “Fat=your friend“. Go ahead and take a moment to read it…I’ll wait………
Getting back to eggs, it is not uncommon for me to hear people concerned about eating the yolks. This comes from a fear of dietary fat, cholesterol and calories. I get his…to a point. The yolk of an egg will raise your cholesterol, but it raises the good kind. The kind you want to go up. What about fat? Yup, egg yolks have fat in them, but if you read the post I mentioned above you now know that fat is a good thing. What about calories? The yolks of the egg are incredibly nutrient dense. Nutrient dense calories are the kind of calories you want to take in…not avoid.
When it comes down to it, the benefits of eating the whole egg far outweigh the negatives (if you can even call them that). Mike Geary (Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer) wrote a fantastic article on this very subject. He does a great job of explaining why eggs should be eaten in their entirety as well as bust a few myths around egg yolks. I highly suggest you read it.
Some of you may be thinking that I’m crazy or that I just don’t know what I’m talking about. I understand that, I’m probably telling you something that goes against everything you’ve ever heard on the subject. Maybe your doctor has even told you to stop eating eggs (or at least yolks), as well as take a cholesterol lowering drug to reduce your cholesterol. I certainly don’t want you to take my advice over your doctors (even though I would argue your doctor is wrong.)
Without getting into too much detail, let me just say this: My belief (along with MANY others) is that high cholesterol is not the problem. Cholesterol is a natural occurring agent in the body that is released to protect your arteries from inflammation, which is caused in part by crappy, low nutrient, processed foods. So if cholesterol is the body’s natural way of healing inflammation, does it makes more sense to not eat whole foods, take drugs and lower the natural protective substance or to reduce the things that are causing the inflammation in the first place?
I don’t want to get all conspiracy theory here, but I think it’s safe to say that in our society we are really good at selling “band-aids” that do nothing for the actual problem.
Of course the choice is yours, but as for me…I’ll continue gobbling down eggs…the whole darn thing.