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    Whats the latest on eating Eggs ...

    For the longest time Eggs have gotten a bad rap -- too much cholesterol, too much fat... whatever.

    But I believe the latest thoughts are that eggs might actually quite healthy for you. We now know that it is the insulin spikes from eating sugary foods and carbs that causes high cholesterol, which eggs do not have.

    So I'm wondering what ya'll think here. I love my eggs, I usually eat 2 to 3 every day, and I like to keep a bowl of hard boiled ones in the fridge for quick consumption. I'm not a fan of egg white only recipes either, way too bland.

    Any egg lovers here? Or do you avoid them for health reasons?

    thx, take care....

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    Experienced Member bryntevans01's Avatar
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    I thought eggs were proven to be nothing but a perfect all round food item. I know there used to be the cholestorol thing a few years back though.... I eat loads of em', I might buy a chicken!

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    Hit the academic lit to answer these types of questions: [url]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2203701[/url]. So, the assertion that dietary cholesterol increases the risk of coronary heart disease is coming under quite a strong challenge these days. Cholesterol notwithstanding, a boiled egg contains about 5 grams total fat, less than 2 saturated. I eat the heck out of them, and my last lipid panel was very good, and not just for a man of my advanced age.
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    the cholesterol in eggs is dietary, so it is good for us

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryntevans01 View Post
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    Agree with the other posters. The body produces 75% of the cholesterol in it, with 25% coming from dietary sources. If dietary cholesterol increases, cholesterol synthesis in the body decreases and vice versa.

    There are a small number of people who are 'hyper-responders' to dietary cholesterol, but for the most part, it's harmless and nothing to worry about.

    As an aside, saturated fat is known to increase HDL, the so called 'good' cholesterol, so by eating fat you often end up getting a better HDL/Total Cholesterol ratio, which is a a good thing.

    Cholesterol is essential for human function, our brains are full of it, it's in all our cells and tissues. I think that the evidence is finally coming out that if LDL is high, it's more a sign of something else going on in the body, and the high cholesterol is part of the bodies attempt to fix things, like systemic inflammation, inflammation and damage to the arterial walls etc.

    Malcolm Kendrick wrote an incredible book on cholesterol, the Cholesterol Myth is the title I think, worth a read.

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    I get my HDL boost (77.6 mg/dL and I'm 50) from omega-3 FAs -- I'm still wary of a diet high in saturated fat. The science surrounding claims of harmlessness is hardly settled.

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    I agree, but more and more research is proving the link to be tenuous at best, and when you look back at a lot of the research, (everyone mentions Ancel Keys and his cherry-picking of data) the sat fat link it no more than an association if that. Even the director of the Framingham Study called the saturated fat and cholesterol hypothesis ' the biggest fraud of the 20th century' :-)

    I think the key is a mix of fats, keeping seed oils out of the equation, and trying to balance O3/O6 ratios to as close to 1:1 and possible. I do olive oil, some butter, coconut oil and obviously some fat from animal proteins too, i mix it up, rotate the oils I use, and I'm confident that it's the best way to proceed.

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    Eggs are the almost perfect protein. I get free range eggs and eat 3 most mornings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil_goodman View Post
    I get my HDL boost (77.6 mg/dL and I'm 50) from omega-3 FAs -- I'm still wary of a diet high in saturated fat. The science surrounding claims of harmlessness is hardly settled.
    Totally agree with this. A lot of research is bullshit too, got to follow the money and see who pays for this stuff to be researched nowadays. Regardless of the idea that saturated fat from animal sources being good fats, i'm still VERY low fat. So many other important variables to consider.

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