Are Eggs Dangerous For Your Health?

What was on your plate for breakfast this morning? Eggs...bacon...avocado...butter? It's great to see so many people coming around to the notion that your total cholesterol and saturated fat intake is NOT a reliable indicator of your cardiovascular disease risk. This is especially important if you're overweight and looking to improve your body composition and overall health.

The troubling part is that news headlines love to keep people confused.

Recently, Canada's national newspaper ran an article stating that anyone eating over 2 eggs per day was at 69% increased risk of cardiovascular disease! I was amazed, so I decided to look into this study.

It turns out the article cites the results of an observational review study and they seemed to leave out some important parts. Observational studies do not prove causation, merely association, and thus the cited study doesn't tell us if those people eating 2 eggs were also eating the rest of the lumberjack breakfast (toast, potatoes, jam, orange juice, etc.), if they were inactive, if they were already at increased risk, etc. Observational studies are at the bottom of the medical study totem pole due to the fact they only show an association.

In fact, the review study actually cites the cardioprotective effects of eggs, their ability to lower homocysteine (a major inflammatory marker), and their positive impact on improving HDL, total cholesterol, fasting blood sugars and insulin, and weight loss in diabetic patients.

Interestingly, none of the benefits cited by the authors of the study were included in the article.

So what is a person to do amongst all the conflicting reports?

Find yourself reliable resources that not only share unbiased reports on the latest findings, but connect you with a community of integrative doctors, trainers, nutritionists, and like-minded people so you can get the scoop on what's "real" and what's not. 

I regularly post articles on my Facebook page from integrative doctors, trainers, and practitioners who review the latest science and health trends to give you the inside scoop. Can't find an answer to your question? Ask on Facebook and I'll help you find an answer.  

Enjoy your eggs this morning... I know I will!

Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CISSN, CSCS