Katy Gillett wrote: I have been wondering Able… How many eggs did you/do you eat in a day? Were you not worried about the cholestorol levels in your diet? Or is this another myth you’re about to dispel for me? 🙂
Yes, Katy, I am about to do just that, and personally I’m very grateful that I’m able to do so.
I tried to remember the most creative statement about eggs that I’ve read, and this one came to mind from Harvard Medical School.
“Egg Nutrition and Heart Disease: Eggs Aren’t The Dietary Demons They’re Cracked Up To Be.”
You gotta love that one, and it was written back in 2006, but Harvard was actually behind with the news. The facts are that yes, eggs do have a lot of cholesterol, however, the ‘myth’ part of the story comes into play by claiming that the egg cholesterol goes into your bloodstream which eventually (according to myth) passes into your arteries. This is untrue. Just a small amount of the actual cholesterol in the food we eat is capable of passing into the bloodstream. On the other hand, the saturated fats and trans fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food products are the culprits which can have negative effects on the blood cholesterol levels. The reason is; there has to be three ingredients in the body in sufficient amounts before the body can make the extra cholesterol which leads to high levels. The three ingredients needed to produce cholesterol are protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
Another reason that eggs are safe for us is something called “lecithin” which is found in the egg yolk. Perhaps you’ve heard of lecithin, it can be purchased in vitamin stores as a health supplement. Lecithin is actually produced naturally by the human body, but it is also obtained from the foods we eat as well as supplements.
Lecithin is a multi-purpose nutrient in that it improves the memory, strengthens the nerves, and the big bonus is that it’s one of the most used natural substances to actually lower cholesterol. And as I’ve stated, it can be found in egg yolks.
The reason that lecithin is so useful in lowering cholesterol levels is because of the B vitamins found in eggs. In the situation of cholesterol, it’s the B vitamin Chlorine which attracts LDL cholesterol in the blood and carries it away, much like the HDL cholesterol does.
Also, there has to be some merit to the fact that 50 years ago, many of our grandparents lived on farms and ate eggs as a staple food on a daily basis. However, because of all the popular ‘instant’ breakfast products, this is no longer true and yet the average number of Americans who have high cholesterol and blood pressure has greatly increased since then.