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(Re)Consider the Egg

Back in the 1990s, at the rise of cholesterol awareness, the humble chicken egg was demonized. Reports showed that eggs (particularly the sunny yoke) were abundantly rich in cholesterol, which played a part in heart disease and stroke. Experts advised us to cut down on our egg consumption and the egg industry went into a PR tailspin trying to address the damage from such medical studies (see above a 1990 commercial demonstrating such tactics).

But rubber ball-like, the egg resists such attacks time after time and maintains a fairly consistent relationship with American consumers. Average American’s consume roughly 250 eggs each year, which makes for a healthy egg industry, but maybe not such healthy hearts.

Now comes word that the correlation between cholesterol-laden eggs and heart disease may not be so linked. According to a New York Times article, Researchers reviewed eight prospective studies including 263,938 subjects and pooled the data for analysis. They found no evidence that eating up to an egg a day increased the risk of heart disease or stroke. The results were the same for men and women and in all age ranges. That said, the authors of this study acknowledge that self-reports regarding food consumption are not always reliable and that most of the studies had no information about the cooking methods, which could have affected the results – meaning a boiled egg is a different animal than an egg fried in bacon grease. Also, for diabetic patients, high egg consumption was associated with an increased risk of heart disease and a reduced risk of stroke.

Admittedly, such conclusions about eggs tend to go every which way, and today’s proof might be tomorrow’s refuted findings. What are your thoughts on the benefit, or dangers, of consuming eggs? Is it everything in moderation, or something to be avoided?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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3:22AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

I like eggs :-)

2:44AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

It's like anything else on the menu, use eggs sensibly as part of a balanced diet.

Eat the rainbow, and exercise regularly and you'll be doing yourself a favour.

4:40PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

my cholesterol is genetically I try to keep other high fat/cholesterol items out of my diet. but now im thinking an egg or two on the weekend wont hurt.

12:38AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Wow... that is some interesting info..

12:36PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I have always had high cholesterol, by stopping eggs for several years made no difference to my results. I am back to a couple of eggs a week.

9:07AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Eggs are packed with essential nutrients & abundant protein. Mammals of all types eat them and thrive. They are renewable and can be compassionate if chosen well. Cook them wisely and they can be good for you.

The horrendous way factory farmed chickens are treated must stop, but more and more farms are choosing to husband their layers in responsible ways.

I recently added organic, free range eggs back into my diet and am so pleased with results.

12:23AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I am going strictly vegan, so I shall pass on the eggs.

4:31PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

thanks! i love boiled eggs!

9:01AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Love my morning egg...makes me feel good all day. Protein in the am

6:17AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

I eat an egg every morning..have for years. My cholesterol is 136..some of is genetic also..nuff said....

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