Frying eggs in coconut oil, grass fed butter or grass fed ghee is one of my favorite ways to eat eggs…yummmm. Frying eggs (or eating eggs period) in these types of oils would be considered a big “no-no” for the researchers who published this study referenced in the New York Time article – Are Eggs Bad for Your Heart Health? Maybe. Just when you think that eggs and whole bunch of other foods were on the “really good for you” list, a new study comes out to create unnecessary confusion for people.
It’s frustrating isn’t it? Without going on too much of a rant, I’d like to tell you why I (respectfully) disagree with the conclusion of this study.
In my first ever lecture at the University Western Ontario, Dr. Peter Lemon – a renowned exercise nutritionist – said to the class something along the lines of, “dietary cholesterol does not have an effect on blood cholesterol…so if you like eggs eat as many as you want.” That’s a bold statement that Dr. Peter Lemon and many other doctors stand by this – firmly, as outlined in this video, this article and this article.
So what are the researchers getting wrong in the study? Why the confusion?
Well, the main thing is that there’s no discernment between eggs that come from pasture raised and conventionally raised chickens. If most of the 30 000 people in the study were eating conventionally raised eggs they’d possibly be at a risk of heart disease, for a few reasons unrelated to the cholesterol in the eggs. The reason conventionally raised eggs might cause heart disease is because:
- They’re higher in pro-inflammatory omega 6’s (vs anti-inflammatory heart healthy omega 3’s found in pasture raised chicken eggs) because of their high omega 6 diet derived from soy and corn.
- They’re higher in pro-inflammatory GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) because of the GMO’s found in chicken feed derived from soy and corn.
- They’ll have traces of unnecessary hormone by-products that are pro-inflammatory that were injected or fed to the chickens to fatten them up.
- They’ll also have antibiotic residues that are pro-inflammatory injected or fed to the chickens to help prevent viruses that are common in cramped animal feedlots. These are horrible conditions that you can get a glimpse of in this video (viewer discretion is advised).
Let’s also assume that the study participants were also eating white refined bread or brown refined bread (I mean, who eats eggs without toast?) from a company like “Wonderbread.” A bread like this can cause damage to our bodies because of the high insulin spikes from the white refined flour, added sugar and pro-inflammatory preservatives.
(To be clear, the word pro-inflammatory is simply a term used in medical lingo to signify that something you’re eating is inflaming the arteries of your heart, tissues of your organs and other tissues of your body! Hence why inflammatory foods eaten consistently over a lifetime can cause not only heart disease but other preventable diseases.)
My recommendation is that you buy pasture raised eggs from chickens that have roamed the fields of a farm and eaten a natural diet of grasses and whatever else that chickens eat when they’re out free to roam. They’ll be higher in heart healthy omega 3’s and and other nutrients that we need to be healthy.
Remember, you are what you eat, but you are also what you eat, eats.
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