“Three academic heavy hitters: David Spence, the Director of the Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research Centre; David Jenkins, the guy who invented the glycemic index; and Jean Davignon, the Director of the Hyperlipidemia and Atherosclerosis Reasearch Group at the Institute for Clinical Research in Montreal published in the journal Atherosclerosis that just 3 eggs or more a week was associated with a significant increase in artery-clogging plaque buildup, a strong predictor of stroke, heart attack, and death. Those that ate the most eggs had as much as two thirds more the risk of those that smoked the most (the equivalent of a pack-a-day habit for 40 years or more).”
That’s an excerpt from an article written by Kathy Freston that blew my mind! I knew there was a raging debate about the health benefits/perils of eating eggs, but I hadn’t really looked at the data. As was the case when I ate a lot of other foods I thought were “healthy”, I have now come to learn the power of marketing in forming our opinions about food. The article goes on to say “One egg may have more cholesterol than a Hardee’s Monster Thickburger, which contains two-thirds of a pound of beef, three slices of cheese, and four strips of bacon. Read that again, because it’s shocking and I don’t want you to miss it. The fact is, a single egg may exceed the recommended daily limit for cholesterol.”
That’s it, another lesson learned. Eggs are off my food list. Spread the word for the health of your friends!