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Hi, Compassionate Ones!

We’ve talked about the egg industry before, you may remember.

Now, the horrendous conditions endured by layer hens are enough to turn a compassionate heart off eggs for life—but they’re not the only reason to give a thumbs down to sunny side up.

Eggs (and especially egg yolks) are the biggest source of cholesterol in the Standard American Diet. 

Egg defenders will pull out a 1971 study that argues that dietary cholesterol has little impact on blood cholesterol levels. But they neglect to mention that that study had only eight participants—and they leave out dozens of others (with hundreds of participants) that show the exact opposite.

Dietary cholesterol is linked to blood cholesterol levels. 

Just one example to illustrate: one test subject was put on an egg-free, cholesterol-free diet, and his LDL dropped drastically in just a few weeks. When he was fed eggs again, in significant volume, his cholesterol went right back up, despite the rest of his diet being cholesterol-free.

Changing nothing else—just removing and adding eggs—researchers could lower and raise his cholesterol levels consistently.

Now, you probably want to know if eggs just raise cholesterol levels, or if they increase risk of heart attack and other diseases, too. The latest analysis of the best data on egg consumption since 1930 concludes that test subjects who ate the most eggs were at 19% higher risk of heart disease and 68% higher risk of diabetes.

The most shocking part? Even half an egg per day seems linked to significantly higher risks—6 to 40% percent, to be exact.

This all goes hand in hand with the American Heart Association’s guidelines on heart-healthy eating—minimizing eggs in any diet to reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes.

There’s no need for eggs in a healthy breakfast—or a healthy life! Learn how to thrive (egg-free) with Wild Nutrition: Your 30-Day Revolution to Plant-Based Vitality, and discover your best health and sexiest body today!

xx

Donna

Source:
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P Hopkins. Effects of dietary cholesterol on serum cholesterol: a meta-analysis and review. Am J Clin Nutr. 1992 55(6):1060-70.
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