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Is it OK to eat 4 eggs a day?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 22, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I still have this in my head that eggs will give u high cholestrol, i know dr. atkins said this is a load of bull, and that eggs are one of the best (most nutritional) foods one can eat, especially the yolks which is where all the essential fat is, is it ok to eat 4 boiled eggs daily, or is that excessive and bad for one's health? I'm eating free range organic and omega enriched eggs.

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:58 AM

I maintain my position. It's not possible to find SO MANY eggs per day, EVERY day, in the WILD. Because, remember, it's not just about you either. It's about the rest 50-100 people who live next to you in the tribe too. Do you think that all these people can find 400 eggs PER DAY in the IMMEDIATE vicinity? Also, you're forgetting something else too: wild birds don't lay eggs more than a few times a year (hens are selected to lay eggs every 1 to 3 days). Turkeys for example, only lay eggs a few times a month only. Ducks only in Spring. Most other birds do so in spring too. So, just do the math.

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:42 AM

So you practise recreation Paleo? I ask because if that's the case, we've come from tropical regions where many variety and number of birds would have been plentiful; wouldn’t our access to egg actually be similar to now? I don’t know the egg laying season to every tropical bird, but it would be one of the rare animals that we could walk up to with little fear and scavenge their eggs with ease. Truth

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 24, 2012
at 07:09 AM

That's right I have to prepare my eggs different every time to avoid reactions. This morning was 3 quail with 1/2 eggplant with 2 eggs, tomorrow is 3 eggs with tuna tomatoes onion and ghee!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 24, 2012
at 07:06 AM

Well it not on the kosher list either!

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on August 23, 2012
at 06:39 PM

no dont eat 4, eat 8

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on May 25, 2012
at 01:26 AM

I'm under the impression that it's just true. Basing it on my nutrition education and personal experience. I'm guessing that it's more of an issue with leaky gut: proteins wind up where they shouldn't and we develop antibodies to them. Have you heard otherwise, that it's not an issue to eat one thing all the time?

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:33 AM

what is the logic here?

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:44 AM

Remove the yolk? NOOOOOO! YOU RUINS IT!

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on May 23, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I don't agree that abandonment of the lipid hypothesis is an inherent tenet of paleo. And I think you'll find a lot of people involved with paleo who don't cast LDL numbers to the wind when talking about heart disease risk.

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:54 PM

Some Whole Foods stores sell them. I didn't think it was fantastic, and it was certainly too much for two people.

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Or more like 1:1...4:1 isn't a very desirable 6:3 ratio.

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:30 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vogeleier.jpg Ostrich egg vs chicken and quail eggs.

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:54 PM

One of those eggs is a meal for five...

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Do not, I repeat, do not eat more than 50 eggs in one hour.

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:46 AM

polyunsaturated fatty acids. you can get cage free eggs that have higher omega 3's (type of pufa that is good for you) than commercially produced eggs. you want to keep your o-6 to o-3 ratio's at least 4:1.

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Have you had ostrich eggs? Where do I get them? One of those eggs can probably make a meal!

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:14 PM

haha I cant even really handle duck eggs...wow Im trying to imagine an Ostrich egg!! Anyone ever had one?

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:11 PM

Four ostrich eggs would be a tummy ache.

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on May 22, 2012
at 10:56 PM

The most simplest and concise answer deserves the most up votes, because it says all there is to be said.

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Irene, are you autistic by any chance?

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:22 PM

YES IT IS EGGS ARE BRILLIANT!!

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:11 PM

The Paleo way of life lovesssss cholesterol, eat it. It's good.

77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:41 PM

What is PUFA? is it something i should be worried about, do not want to harm my health, Thanks

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Too much of anything is bad for you (that's what too much means:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrPdDEutlMw), but eggs are about the single most nutritious thing you can eat.

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:11 PM

I'd eat the 6 no problem, love eggs but always believed eating more than one a day was bad for you, i'm going to make up for that now, and over indulge in eggs everyday, i add full fat butter to boiled eggs and it makes for a delicious meal

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D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:46 PM

YES .

3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

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on May 22, 2012
at 10:56 PM

The most simplest and concise answer deserves the most up votes, because it says all there is to be said.

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F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:58 PM

For sure.

Dietary cholesterol has a minimal effect on blood cholesterol. Even if you were to eliminate literally all dietary cholesterol for months at a time, it would improve your blood cholesterol levels by less than 10%. One of the key tenets of Paleo is that the lipid hypothesis is false--that most diseases blamed on lipids are actually caused by hyperinsulinema and general insulin resistance.

Thus, you're better off eating 10 eggs a day than 10 pieces of bread.

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on May 23, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I don't agree that abandonment of the lipid hypothesis is an inherent tenet of paleo. And I think you'll find a lot of people involved with paleo who don't cast LDL numbers to the wind when talking about heart disease risk.

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on May 22, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Four chicken eggs, yes.

Four ostrich eggs, no.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Have you had ostrich eggs? Where do I get them? One of those eggs can probably make a meal!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:54 PM

One of those eggs is a meal for five...

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on May 22, 2012
at 11:14 PM

haha I cant even really handle duck eggs...wow Im trying to imagine an Ostrich egg!! Anyone ever had one?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:30 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vogeleier.jpg Ostrich egg vs chicken and quail eggs.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:54 PM

Some Whole Foods stores sell them. I didn't think it was fantastic, and it was certainly too much for two people.

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(135)

on May 22, 2012
at 11:11 PM

Four ostrich eggs would be a tummy ache.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 24, 2012
at 07:06 AM

Well it not on the kosher list either!

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:17 PM

Yes, please, eat your eggs-- they're delicious. I've eaten two dozen in a day on many an occasion. (Disclaimer: If you have a legitimate autoimmune disease, this may be unwise.)

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Only if you're on your way to eating 6! (It seems such a shame to leave two spare in the box).

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Too much of anything is bad for you (that's what too much means:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrPdDEutlMw), but eggs are about the single most nutritious thing you can eat.

77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:11 PM

I'd eat the 6 no problem, love eggs but always believed eating more than one a day was bad for you, i'm going to make up for that now, and over indulge in eggs everyday, i add full fat butter to boiled eggs and it makes for a delicious meal

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C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on May 22, 2012
at 10:53 PM

No its only ok to eat odd numbers of eggs. 4 is out but try 3 or 5!! (haha I kid I kid)

I totally understand where you are coming from though. When I first went paleo I was still a bit nervous about eating so many foods I thought were meant to be decadent treats. I mean.. I ate a steak once a month maybe.

But then I went through a phase were I ate nothing but eggs for a few days. It was all I wanted!! That was kinda wierd and passed as I got used to paleo (I think eggs must have some nutrient I was lacking). Point being it didnt hurt me at all. I lost weight and got healthier. Eggs are a great food source but you will know when you have been overdoing it. You may stop wanting them for a few weeks then just go back to eating them. I think your body is smarter than you know!

Anyway, Eat 4 eggs a day until your body tells you to eat something else. Its all good=)

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:25 AM

No matter what the Paleo fanatics say around here, excessive egg consumption is just not normal. Our ancestors would be LUCKY if they'd find 1-2 eggs per week, per person (it's not possible to find so many eggs per day, for the whole tribe, in their immediate vicinity). This is why I don't advocate more than 1-2 eggs per day, and possibly not every day either. It's not about their nutrient or anti-nutrient profile, it's about the fact that we didn't evolve eating so many eggs, so often. Not to mention that wild birds usually lay eggs mostly in Spring, and not year-round.

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:42 AM

So you practise recreation Paleo? I ask because if that's the case, we've come from tropical regions where many variety and number of birds would have been plentiful; wouldn’t our access to egg actually be similar to now? I don’t know the egg laying season to every tropical bird, but it would be one of the rare animals that we could walk up to with little fear and scavenge their eggs with ease. Truth

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:58 AM

I maintain my position. It's not possible to find SO MANY eggs per day, EVERY day, in the WILD. Because, remember, it's not just about you either. It's about the rest 50-100 people who live next to you in the tribe too. Do you think that all these people can find 400 eggs PER DAY in the IMMEDIATE vicinity? Also, you're forgetting something else too: wild birds don't lay eggs more than a few times a year (hens are selected to lay eggs every 1 to 3 days). Turkeys for example, only lay eggs a few times a month only. Ducks only in Spring. Most other birds do so in spring too. So, just do the math.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on May 23, 2012
at 01:52 AM

It might be okay if they fit into your total cals/macros alright. They are very nutrient dense. The concern I would have is not if they are healthy, but might I develop a sensitivity/reaction to them? Eggs are allergenic and problematic for many people, so just be aware.

I can't eat eggs except for every once in a while b/c I'm sensitive to them (probably after eating them every day for 2 years straight). If I could eat them all the time, I probably would just because they're so quick and easy to prepare.

I heard one way to mitigate the potential for an allergy is to rotate the ways in which you prepare them. For example, do scrambled one day, boiled the next, then poached, etc.

Hope that sends you in the right direction.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 24, 2012
at 07:09 AM

That's right I have to prepare my eggs different every time to avoid reactions. This morning was 3 quail with 1/2 eggplant with 2 eggs, tomorrow is 3 eggs with tuna tomatoes onion and ghee!

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I eat 2 to 4 everyday. My cholesterol has dropped and I believe this is part of the reason. Of course I raise my own chickens and get fresh eggs every day.

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:00 AM

I've eaten more than that in one sitting...

Yes, as everyone else said, eggs are pretty damn hard to overdo. Dietary cholesterol isn't linked to blood cholesterol, and your lipid numbers should be fine if you're eating paleo, anyway.

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I sure hope so. I've been doing 4-6 eggs every morning for about 4 years.

Seriously, though. There is no evidence that eating cholesterol raises blood cholesterol. There is no evidence that eating saturated fat raises cholesterol. Eggs are not bad.

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I eat organic, Omega-3 enriched eggs 4 at a time. No problem as long as you balance out PUFA.

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:25 PM

I have done ADEAD - a dozen eggs a day -- for days at a stretch. I am not dead yet. I also didn't have my cholesterol checked while or after doing this, but I don't think the effect -- if there is a significant one -- is likely to be long-lasting.

As always, though, the only way to be sure is to eat lots of eggs for a while and then get tested to see how your body responds. Because if being on PH has taught me nothing else, it has taught me that everybody is different and there is an enormous range of responses to different foods and routines. Genes are not everything, but they shouldn't be ignored, either. And a monotonous diet is not a good idea no matter what you're eating.

I do think the body adapts. I use the constipation that people sometimes get from eggs as an indicator. After a few days, I was no longer constipated ;)

To answer your question, I think four eggs a day is probably ok.

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:34 PM

I don't eat more than two a day because of the PUFA content.

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:41 PM

What is PUFA? is it something i should be worried about, do not want to harm my health, Thanks

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Or more like 1:1...4:1 isn't a very desirable 6:3 ratio.

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:46 AM

polyunsaturated fatty acids. you can get cage free eggs that have higher omega 3's (type of pufa that is good for you) than commercially produced eggs. you want to keep your o-6 to o-3 ratio's at least 4:1.

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:26 PM

I was on the same boat! I ate eggs in the morning everyday before school, six at least! Eggs are awesome. The cholesterol thing , load of Bull, it's all dietary aka it's good for You. Loaded with brotein, yes brotein. But eat your eggs in the morning, throw in a scoop of almond butter, and a piece of fruit to make it a kick ass breakfast. This is coming from an 18 year old kid. Do it!!!!!!

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Yeeees. I had two today...And I might just top the burger I'm making for myself right now with another...

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on August 21, 2013
at 04:34 PM

Hi. I have ate "drank" 4 eggs a day for many years. I am 62 years old and my cholesterol is fine. I buy Extra large EggLand's Best @ Walmart.

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on June 30, 2013
at 03:20 AM

Try it out, eat as many eggs as you want for a couple of months then have your cholesterol checked. I did, and it was over 500 TC and 400LDL, in a perfectly otherwise healthy lean paleo eating machine.

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on June 29, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Eat your eggs, before I break your legs. Beat Street. Haha... Yes, eat up. But don't kill them. Don't hard boil, don't overcook. Runny eggs/soft boiled/poached or just straight up raw.

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:12 AM

scrambling and Frying eggs is defeating the purpose and If you heat polyunsaturated oils its carcinogenic

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on August 23, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Yeah, 4 eggs is fine, I eat 2-3 everyday for breakfast and I'll have a 4 egg omelette after some workouts, and I bring hard boiled as an afternoon protein source. I don't break 6 but 4 should be fine.

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on August 23, 2012
at 05:39 PM

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on August 23, 2012
at 05:39 PM

If you look at the recommended intake of choline, and you don't eat beef liver, then you almost HAVE to eat 4 or more egg yolks a day to get the minimum choline requirements. Choline is very important for brain and nervous system health as well as for preventing/correcting non-alcholoic fatty liver disease.

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on May 24, 2012
at 07:01 AM

I do........................

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:04 AM

I've eaten eggs almost every day my entire life, and usually between 3 to 6 duck eggs each day (depending on who all is laying that particular morning). The last time I had my cholesterol checked, my HDL was 72 and my LDL was 38. Now granted, the eggs I eat are from my own free-range pastured stock (not store-bought), so that might make a difference.

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:00 PM

2 eggs a day if no work out; 4 or 6 might be suitable after a good workout; you can see what happens if you remove the fatty part [say 4 full eggs + 2 with yolk removes]

When I was on accutane, my blood levels were fine and I ate 3 eggs a day.

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:44 AM

Remove the yolk? NOOOOOO! YOU RUINS IT!

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on May 22, 2012
at 10:35 PM

Four chicken eggs, yes.

Four ostrich eggs, no.

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:52 PM

I think as long as you don't have an autoimmune condition they are good. Sometimes when I eat a ton of them I get a foggy head, I might have developed a small intolerance from them making up a huge part of my diet the past year.

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I don't think there's anything unhealthy about (good quality) eggs at all, but eating too much of anything can give you a sensitivity to it. And not being able to eat eggs can make breakfast a real bummer! (Been there!)

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:33 AM

what is the logic here?

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on May 25, 2012
at 01:26 AM

I'm under the impression that it's just true. Basing it on my nutrition education and personal experience. I'm guessing that it's more of an issue with leaky gut: proteins wind up where they shouldn't and we develop antibodies to them. Have you heard otherwise, that it's not an issue to eat one thing all the time?

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on August 23, 2012
at 04:30 PM

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