Will the Egg Controversy Ever End?

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Heart Health, Diet
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When will the controversy over eggs end? Unfortunately, I think the answer may be "never," especially if studies like this one keep coming out.

What I find most suspect with this study is that all the subjects used were already at significantly increased risk of cardiovascular issues. Either through heredity, metabolic issues, digestive problems, or nutritional deficiencies (to name a few causes), the individuals in this study have already demonstrated a propensity for developing plaque and other factors associated with cardiovascular disease. Without addressing the underlying health issues, there are dozens of known factors that will accelerate atherosclerosis. Adding any one of these factors to the mix is like throwing gas on the fire.

Based on these individuals' documented medical history and current condition, they might have any one of a long list of contributing problems. Examples could be the inability to process cholesterol correctly (which could range from genetic reasons to poor gallbladder function or some other digestive disease); a deficiency of vitamin E, folic acid, B12 or essential fatty acids like DHA or EPA; low dietary levels of antioxidants; unresolved stress; an underactive thyroid; diabetes; metabolic syndrome; or obesity.

Isolating a single food and condemning it without any consideration for other factors doesn't give an accurate representation of what's really happening in these patients. Honestly, this could be comparable to feeding a high-fat meal to someone undergoing chemotherapy and then, after being unable to hold the meal down, claiming that eating following chemotherapy causes dehydration and mineral loss and should be avoided. 

Let me be clear. This latest negative study doesn’t change my mind on eggs at all. I still consider them to be close to the perfect food. 

Despite what this latest study has found, other studies have repeatedly shown that consuming eggs does not raise cholesterol levels, or your risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke

Egg yolks, in particular, contain many of the nutrients and minerals in which many Americans are deficient. Eating a few eggs each day would provide more usable vitamins and nutrients than a lot of multivitamins that are being sold these days.

Not only are eggs (in particular egg yolks) an excellent source of eye-protective nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin, they are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA. DHA is one of the primary components in the nervous system, particularly the brain. It’s now well-established that omega-3 EPA and DHA is probably the most common dietary deficiency in the western diet, and it is directly related to the increase we’ve seen in many neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, as well as cardiovascular disease and ADHD.  

For me, eggs rank in the top category of super foods. They provide some of the greatest bang for your buck when it comes to nutrition. 

Keep in mind, the most nutritious eggs come from free-ranging chickens that are able to consume insects, grass, and other natural items. So opt for those, rather than eggs from caged chickens that get fed commercial feeds. 

I, for one, will continue to enjoy eggs on a regular basis, and I hope you do, too.

Now it's your turn: Does negative news on eggs shift your view on this food?

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