Dispelling the Dietary Cholesterol Myth

We are in the business of selling eggs, and we hear a lot about how people would really like to buy our eggs, but they don’t eat eggs very often. This is usually because they are watching their cholesterol. Duck eggs are even higher in cholesterol than chicken eggs so cholesterol-conscious people run in terror!

Duck Farmers or Death Dealers?

Depending on who you ask, duck eggs have as much as twice the cholesterol that chicken eggs contain. Containing a slightly higher amount of saturated fat also gives duck eggs a bad rap. To a lot of people, we must seem like we are trying to clog people’s arteries and cause an early death due to heart disease!

Well, it seems that recent reviews on the science that determined that dietary cholesterol and saturated fats are killing us are turning that notion on its head.

What’s The Situation With Cholesterol?

Cholesterol in your food is apparently not so bad for you. It seems that it is not a factor in heart disease at all.

You should visit the AARP’s website and read their article on cholesterol myths. Here they state:

Put eggs back on your menu. The federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently dropped its recommendation that healthy adults limit foods high in cholesterol, like eggs and shellfish, because research shows they only have a slight effect on blood cholesterol. In fact, researchers at Yale University found that even those with coronary heart disease could safely consume two eggs per day for six weeks and experience no adverse effects on cholesterol levels. Plus, the “incredible, edible egg” is also a good source of choline, a nutrient that plays an important role in memory, and the yolk is packed with antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which help prevent macular degeneration.

So even the US government has changed it’s stance on cholesterol which you can see here at CNN:

Past guidelines suggest a 300-milligram daily limit of dietary cholesterol. That means a two-egg breakfast, rather than three.
Now, the government has removed the limit on cholesterol. It did add that “individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible” because “foods that are higher in dietary cholesterol, such as fatty meats and high-fat dairy products, are also higher in saturated fats.” But what that means is eggs are back for most diets. Egg yolks are high in cholesterol, but not high in saturated fat

In this article, dietitian Lisa Drayer goes on to say

If you connect the dots together scientifically, we don’t believe there is a strong influence between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol… Even when I was training to be a dietitian, we knew that eating eggs didn’t increase your cholesterol as much as saturated fat does. So the government advice is catching up to the science.

OK, Cholesterol May Not Be As Bad As We Once Thought, But What About Saturated Fat?

According to an article at Science Daily,

A study led by researchers at McMaster University has found that trans fats are associated with greater risk of death and coronary heart disease, but saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or Type 2 diabetes.

The article goes on to state that

Contrary to prevailing dietary advice, a recent evidence review found no excess cardiovascular risk associated with intake of saturated fat. In contrast, research suggests that industrial trans fats may increase the risk of coronary heart disease.

So to summarize, fat from good, natural unprocessed foods in moderation does not pose a significant risk to your health. The real culprits seem to be sugar, whether simple or complex carbohydrates, and industrial trans fats. I think we have all known in our own minds all along that the low-fat, high-sugar “healthy alternatives” that have been marketed to us are not only not real food, but also not good for us. Imagine that: naturally produced food in its basic form that our bodies have adapted to throughout our entire existence is healthier for us than processed and engineered foods. Who would have thought?

 
So, as the AARP said, “Put eggs back on your menu!”

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