Eggs and brains are the two most concentrated sources of cholesterol in the diet.
Image thanks to Andreas.
The egg industry would rather blame the bacon or hashbrowns, railing against this myth that eggs are the most concentrated source of dietary cholesterol. And it’s true, they’re right. It is a myth. According to the official USDA nutrient database, in a list of the the most concentrated cholesterol sournces, eggs are not #1, they’re number 2. Brains, are #1. Veal brains, cow brains, pig brains, lamb brains, raw pork brains, more veal brains and then eggs. Then more brains, eggs. Brains, brains, eggs, brains, eggs, eggs.
The take home message? If you’re going to do veal brains? Pan-fried, definitely, not braised.
What about omega-3 rich eggs? “The new type of eggs containing omega-3 fatty acids are still loaded with cholesterol,” the Director of the Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research Centre notes, “The answer is not to feed flax seed to the chickens, but rather to put it on the cereal and leave the chicken out of the meal!”
The devastating new review published last year implicating egg consumption did not go over easy, with the egg industry. They countered that the overly restrictive 200mg upper safety limit for cholesterol intake that wouldn’t even allow a single egg, is only for people at risk for heart disease, to which the lead researcher replied, most everyone is at risk of vascular disease—the only ones who could eat egg yolk regularly with impunity would be those who expect to die prematurely from nonvascular causes. In other words his famous “the only people who should eat eggs regularly are those dying of a terminal illness, because at that point who cares, you’re going to drop dead anyway.
In their landmark review, they conclude, that waiting until your first stroke, heart attack, or diabetes diagnosis to avoid eggs is too late. They conclude: “Stopping egg consumption after a heart attack or stroke would be like quitting smoking after a diagnosis of lung cancer: a necessary action, but late.”
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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I guess only zombies are at higher risk than egg-eaters :)
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For more context, read the associated blog post: Eggs, Cigarettes, and Atherosclerosis