Eating eggs is not bad for us
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
America’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food. They have decided that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern”. This move is likely to undo almost 40 years of government warnings about the consumption of cholesterol-rich foods, such as eggs.
A review by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology in 2013 found “no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol”.
Many experts now believe that eating foods high in cholesterol does not significantly affect the blood cholesterol or even increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Although statins reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, raised cholesterol may not actually be a direct cause of cardiovascular disease.
Many earlier studies that linked the ingestion of cholesterol and saturated animal fats to cardiovascular disease were actually flawed.
Interestingly, those people who reduce their intake of foods high in cholesterol actually increase their intake of carbohydrates and sugar. This is likely to be contributing to the rapidly increasing rates of obesity and diabetes we are experiencing in the UK.
I am a huge advocate of reducing sugar and processed foods from our diets. I have always thought that drinking and eating foods such as full fat milk and butter are not the cause of the obesity epidemic. This announcement has made me more determined to enjoy my eggs and feel no guilt when I eat cheese and cream!