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Who perpetuates the myth that whole eggs are bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Why do many people outside of the Paleosphere believe that egg yolks are bad? What are some good resources that defend the consumption of whole eggs?

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on August 16, 2012
at 02:19 AM

Thanks everyone. I always appreciate your advice and even your opinions ;-)

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on August 14, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Believe it or not, I have read in a couple of sources that the whites are bad, but the yolks are good! Anyway, I know that eggs are not recommended for those people who have autoimmune disease so... not sure what to say. Some say to minimize them for autoimmune.

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on August 14, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Nope, but I like it for its entertainment value.

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:19 PM

It is probably that there are so many conflicting studies out there, that many people are trying to play it safe. Still though, I know a lot of people who used to just eat the whites and now eat the whole, so some of the favorable studies are having an affect on people's behavior. If not, Vital Farms eggs would not be $7 a carton.

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at 02:16 PM

That would make sense if eggs were not low in fat, but they are.

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Old wive's tales die hard.

Back in the medical dark ages, it was theorized that if ate a lot of cholesterol it would cause your blood cholesterol levels to rise. Conversely, if you reduced cholesterol consumption it would reduce blood levels.

This theory was disproven decades ago. Even Ancel Keys (the father of the lipid hypothesis) didn't believe dietary cholesterol was anything to worry about.

"In the adult man the serum cholesterol level is essentially independent of the cholesterol intake over the whole range of human diets." - Ancel Keys, 1956

"There's no connection whatsoever between cholesterol in food and cholesterol in blood. And we've known that all along. Cholesterol in the diet doesn't matter at all unless you happen to be a chicken or a rabbit." Ancel Keys, 1997

The reason is your liver has more than enough capacity to produce all your cholesterol needs, and it is sensitive to how much cholesterol you eat. If you eat a lot of cholesterol, your liver reduces its production of cholesterol. If you eat little cholesterol, your liver ups its production of cholesterol. Just as your body has certain mechanisms to maintain a specific body temperature, your body also has certain mechanisms to maintain a specific blood cholesterol level.

This is why statins are the only method that actually works to lower cholesterol levels, because statins inhibit your liver's ability to produce cholesterol.

I consider someone's opinion about how to reduce cholesterol levels to be a touchstone for their overall knowledge. If they think you can reduce (or increase) cholesterol via dietary changes, then I assume they aren't up to speed on the latest medical literature.

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on August 16, 2012
at 02:19 AM

Thanks everyone. I always appreciate your advice and even your opinions ;-)

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Memes are powerful things. Once a concept is embedded in a society's psyche, it's amazingly challenging to change. I walk through the supermarket and I'm amazed at the number of people who are trying to lose weight via the approved "healthy" ways and failing miserably. Yet, there is remarkably little consideration given to the idea that maybe the underlying premise is flawed, they just double down and "try harder".

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Ditto to what Talldog said. BTW, just back from Turkey and my in-laws were aghast that I was eating 4 or 5 eggs for breakfast. They kept telling me that I would develop a food allergy by eating eggs in hot weather. Huh?!?!?!

Anyone heard that nonsense before?

http://www.jbprimal.com

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on August 14, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Nope, but I like it for its entertainment value.

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:34 PM

This kind of pseudo-science:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120813155640.htm "Newly published research led by Western's Dr. David Spence shows that eating egg yolks accelerates atherosclerosis in a manner similar to smoking cigarettes."

http://paleohacks.com/questions/142607/egg-yolk-consumption-increases-atherosclerosis-risk-and-plaque-build-up#axzz23X04Lddi

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:28 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21134328

That is my favorite study as I find it, out of all the other ones on pubmed, most relevant to the type of diet many paleo-devotees follow- high protein, high cholesterol (from eggs), and energy restricted.

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:11 PM

I believe the myth is perpetuated because the ADA, ACA and others in public health want to "speak with one voice", in other words, stick to the low-fat message no matter what.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:16 PM

That would make sense if eggs were not low in fat, but they are.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:19 PM

It is probably that there are so many conflicting studies out there, that many people are trying to play it safe. Still though, I know a lot of people who used to just eat the whites and now eat the whole, so some of the favorable studies are having an affect on people's behavior. If not, Vital Farms eggs would not be $7 a carton.

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