If you love to eat eggs you are probably wondered if eggs are bad for your health.
I always thought that eating eggs almost every day would raise my cholesterol that would ultimately lead to my demise in my older days.
I have been on the keto diet for a couple of years now and eggs are my daily go to foods.
I have also been wondering if my arteries would get clogged by the high amount of cholesterol I have been eating lately and so I have been doing some research on this topic.
I have found some great information that could help all of us on our weight loss journey.
Where do eggs come from?
Birds, fish and reptiles of course, but what I mean is that eggs a not a new food, unlike canola oil, sports drinks, protein bars and much more. We consume processed foods every day without realizing that these foods did not exist less than a hundred years ago.
Eggs have been around since the birth of man kind, and now we should be worried about eggs?
The mass production of eggs is something that we can take a look at. We do know that pasture raised chickens lay better quality eggs than chickens whom are cooped up by the thousands in warehouses.
It is not only that cramped up chickens are under a lot of stress all the time, but also the food they are being fed is worse and due to these things, the eggs that they lay are less quality.
Pasture raised chickens roam free and eat their natural foods instead of grains. So their eggs are going to be more nutrient dense that those that have been fed grains and corn.
We do not realize it but there are eggs from other birds other than chicken that we can eat and that equally nutritious.
- Duck eggs
- Turkey eggs
- Goose eggs
- Quail eggs
- Pheasant eggs
- Emu eggs
Some of these eggs do not taste the same, but can be eaten.
Fish eggs can also be eaten (caviar). They have great nutrition and almost no carbs.
So how can eggs be so bad if they have been around forever.
What are the nutrients in eggs?
Eggs are one of the most healthy and nutritious foods out there.
Eggs have about 13 essential vitamins and minerals and high quality protein in one small package.
In an egg you have:
- Vitamin D, one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D.
- Choline, essential for normal functioning cells, ans especially for pregnancy to support healthy brain development in the fetus.
- Antioxidants Lutein and zeaxanthin, believed to reduce the aging process in humans.
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
Beware of “healthy” statements on the box.
Nowadays you have as in every product, different types of eggs.
Now we have:
- Organic / Pastured eggs
- Cage free and free-range eggs
- Omega 3 enriched eggs
- Conventional eggs
With all of these eggs to choose from, how will you know which ones are best. Here is a list from best to worst;
Organic / Pastured eggs: These hens were allowed to roam free, were also not treated with hormones and eating their natural foods (bugs, insects and plant)
Omega 3 enriched eggs: This is a great way to include more omega 3 into your daily diet.
Cage free eggs and free-range: The problem with this is that even though the chickens are allowed to roam free, they still have very limited space and even live in smelly and dire situations. They are also given grain and corn. This is just a clever marketing strategy to making you buy conventional eggs at higher prices.
Conventional eggs: These are your standard eggs found in the supermarket. The chickens have been fed grains, supplemented with vitamins and minerals.
Why is cholesterol considered the enemy?
Cholesterol has been considered to be the “enemy” of the people when it comes down to nutrition.
But let’s take a look at the facts for a moment here.
Our bodies make about 3000 mg of cholesterol a day. Even if you ate 10 eggs you would not come close to that amount of cholesterol.
When we eat cholesterol, your body makes less.
Our bodies need cholesterol to function properly. Most of our internal organs are made out of cholesterol.
The problem is that we eat a lot of carbohydrates and fats combined. This is the real problem. When you combine eggs and carbs together, your body is going to favor utilizing the carbs for energy and not the fats.
Eating a high carb high fat diet, you are at greater risk for hearth attack, strokes, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
If you must eat them together be sure that one is high and the other is low. High fat low carb (HFLC) or low fat high carb (LFHC).
Cholesterol was thought to be a marker (indication) to see if you are at risk for a hearth attack. If you have high cholesterol it does not mean that you are in trouble. That is what all doctor have been telling us our whole lives. Now keep in mind I am not a doctor, but look at the facts.
Dr. Ken Berry has a vlog on this and he says that eating cholesterol and saturated fats do not cause hearth attack and or stroke.
He also has a book out called: “Lies my doctor told me”. In here you can read how even doctors were misled. Big Pharma has made billions on selling pills that did not help people at all.
So do not be afraid to eat more fats and eggs. Just look at your carbs if you decide to eat more fats.
If you are on the fence on starting a keto diet, read this article here.
If I were an egg I would want to be married to a pack of bacon LOL.
Bacon is the perfect match for eggs, so I also was worried if bacon could be dangerous if eaten too much.
I have an article here on bacon that could ease your mind.
If you still have concerns about this topic or you want to know more about keto, feel free to send me a comment.
recommended keto cookbook for easy recipes.