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[Admin Note: Over on the LDL particle size thread, Todd asked the question of why eggs are bad. Seems like a question that deserves its own thread, given the recent supposed exoneration of dietary cholesterol. So here it is.] The important difference between consumption of dietary cholesterol, which has a negligible influence on heart disease risk, and cholesterol produced endogenously in the body (which can be a marker of risk, depending on a complete profile).... So why exactly is it that eggs are so damn bad? http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=92
I just read this short, very recent article. Consuming Two Eggs per Day, as Compared to an Oatmeal Breakfast, Decreases Plasma Ghrelin while Maintaining the LDL/HDL Ratio It is interesting in that during the 4-weeks clinical trial two different groups consumed 2 eggs a day for breakfast versus a bag (weight?) of oatmeal. By comparing the blood analyses and especially the lipids after 4 weeks of the two groups, the means display very little difference (the authors write that TC is higher in the eggs eaters, but I couldn't see a great difference, unless the units are tricky). Plasma ghrelin was a little lower in the eggs eaters (less hunger) but, as far as I could see in the graph, the difference is small. The article cites a host of 'pro-eggs' references which I didn't lookup. In a blog, written by a knowledgeable pro-plant nutritionist time ago (don't remember exactly which one), I saw quite a few 'anti-eggs' articles, where a very small amount of eggs in clinical trials apparently caused a substantial plasma cholesterol increase. Personally I'm neutral, not an ethical vegan nor an egg fanatic, but I'd just like to know if eggs, an unexpensive and dense food, pose a real health hazard because of cholesterol and other obnoxious compound and in which quantities. In terms of mere dietary restriction, I doubt that one egg a day (6 grams of proteins and 1.6 grams SAFA) would pose any hazard whatsoever. The fact that technical literature appears to say one thing and its opposite at the same time does not help much.