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Eating eggs is not bad for us

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Louise Newson

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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boiled eggs_shutterstock_274161200.jpgAmerica’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!

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Louise Newson

Louise is a part-time GP in Solihull, as well as a writer for numerous medical publications, including She is an Editor and Reviewer for e-learning courses for the RCGP. She is an Editor for Geriatric Medicine journal and the British Journal of Family Medicine. Louise has contributed to various healthcare articles in many different newspapers and magazines and is the spokesperson for The Information Standard. She has also done television and radio work. Louise is a medical consultant for Maverick TV and has participated regularly in ‘Embarrassing Bodies Live from the Clinic’. Louise has three young children and is married to a consultant urological surgeon. Although her spare time is limited she enjoys practising ashtanga yoga regularly and loves road cycling – she has raised over £2K for a local charity, Molly Olly Wishes by competing in a 120km cycle ride!

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