This is what I understand and believe to be true about the ongoing mystery food we call eggs. As I always say, we need to first try as hard as we can to forget everything we’ve learned in the past. The ongoing battle to decipher what’s real and what’s not real about the information we receive from the factory food industry, modern medicine, the government, the media and holistic health practitioners is mind boggling at best – and understandably so. So…here we go! Eggs are a whole food, from nature, meant to be eaten. Everything in nature is perfect and contains the genetic information that matches up with our genetic information to promote optimal health– that is, until we add pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers antibiotics and genetically modified organisms to the mix… and that’s where it gets dicey. For starters, be mindful of the chickens. If you have access to a farmer or farmer’s market, the eggs are usually amazing! By default, keep in mind that “you are what you eat” and that conventionally raised chickens consume those items I mentioned above and rarely ever see the light of day. Secondly, unless you are allergic or sensitive to eggs (which is a whole other issue… and blog), to avoid them is absolute nonsense! Eating healthy, dietary cholesterol, like that from eggs, does not cause high cholesterol – SUGAR AND EXCESS INSULIN DO! Add to it smoking, alcohol, medications, stress, inactivity, calorie restriction and we have a cocktail of excess insulin which then results in excess cholesterol! When we avoid eating cholesterol (which has been the rule of thumb for many years) an enzyme in the liver called HMG Co-A Reductase is triggered and begins overproducing cholesterol. Cholesterol is a sealant and an important part of many functions within the body, but when given the instruction to overproduce, it contributes to artery plaquing, blocked arteries, high cholesterol numbers, stroke, heart disease, etc. By eating dietary cholesterol we actually turn off the HMG Co-A Reductase mechanism (which, btw, is exactly what statins do pharmaceutically).
Bottom line, eggs may be one of those elusive foods that have been on the chopping block for many years (unfortunately). One thing that isn’t a mystery however, is that as a society, we’re getting sicker and bigger. We may not be able to change overnight, but we can start questioning the information that’s out there and, not to sound cliché, but really take control of our health. If we stay exactly the way we are today…. this is as good as it’s ever going to get!