Health Benefits Of Eggs
Eggs are good food! The idea that they are not good for you came from nutritional theory about the effect of cholesterol, not from an observation that egg-eating leads to heart attacks (see my interview re: eggs www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuvdNoV79Hc).
For example, the culture with the healthiest hearts on Earth are, in this order, Taiwan, China, Japan (#heart attack deaths/100,000 people).
The culture which eats the most eggs per person per year is, in this order, Taiwan, China, Japan (363/person/yr, 360/person/yr, 358/person/yr). That’s approximately 1 egg per day, which agrees with the recommendations from the Nurses Health Study from Harvard.
With all your leftover eggs from this past weekend, you should make deviled eggs — they’re “angelic”!!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
So, the article mentions 4 eggs per week, but the numbers you cited indicate that up to 7 per week is fine.
Is there any evidence that even a little higher is detrimental?
If dietary cholesterol is not linked to poor serum cholesterol, and eggs have such an awesome nutritional profile, why would they (mayo in this case via the article) warn against higher than 4 per week? That makes no sense to me?
I eat an egg or two for breakfast most days as part of a primal style diet (which for all intents and purposes is the Mediterranean diet minus the bread).
It's been part of helping me drop 30+ pounds over the past year or so…but in the back of my mind, I still wonder if the higher egg consumption (10+/week) is something to be concerned about?
Hi Steve, great comment. Data from the Nurses Health Study shows that eating up to 1 egg every single day is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. NOT associated.
As to your comment about how our Culture of Health (in this case, Mayo) makes recommendations that seem weird, I totally understand your confusion. Remember when they told us that margarine — with all its hydrogenated oils — was GOOD for you? Now it's bad for you. At one point walnuts were not recommended, now they are.
Regarding your concern about higher egg consumption, I look to healthy cultures as an observational guide. And this is just me, but in those cultures, they eat about (on average) one egg per day per person. 1+ per day edges a little north of that mark.
Let me know if this helps!!