Go ahead, eat those eggs!

True or false, eggs are ticking time bombs of artery clogging cholesterol that should never be eaten?

The statement is FALSE. Organic eggs can be a very healthy food choice when eaten in moderation. Did you know that the human body actually needs cholesterol for healthy cell function? In 1994 Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University conducted a study that found people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did people with a high cholesterol level. Even more intriguing is that cholesterol has been found to protect against a wide range of infections. Apparently cholesterol isn’t as bad as we once thought it to be.

So why does cholesterol have a bad reputation? For starters, pharmaceutical companies are making millions by pushing the sale of “cholesterol lowering” drugs. Do you think these companies want to promote the benefits of cholesterol? Of course not, they’d loose huge fortunes if Americans believed that cholesterol was part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Their advertising and lobbying ensure that we, the American public, only hear the negative half-truths they want us to hear.

Another reason cholesterol has been frowned upon over past decades is due to a medical misconception. When doctors examine a patient with clogged arteries, medical professionals literally “see” cholesterol, and therefore they name cholesterol as the culprit. What doctors don’t see is the unhealthy foods their patient has been eating for years and years. Many people with high cholesterol are eating a diet high in sugar and trans fat-based foods (think processed, pre-packaged foods) that can negatively alter the way other nutrients—such as cholesterol—are absorbed into the body. This is serious, if you’re eating foods high in sugar and transfat, it can lead to health-complicating issues including ADHD and heart problems.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

According to a medical account published in “Dr. Bob’s Trans Fat Survival Guide” a man was diagnosed with high cholesterol. For twenty years he did not eat eggs or other foods associated with cholesterol, yet his cholesterol level would not decline. Frustrated with battling the dangers of high cholesterol and prescription medication for two decades, the man decided to try a different treatment. He made some simple changes to his diet—added more organic vegetables and fruits—and he started to avoid sugar, trans fatty foods and dairy products. Within six months of changing his eating habits his cholesterol plummeted down to a healthy count of 200 and he no longer needed to take cholesterol medication!

Eating a healthy diet holds an immense amount of power that directly controls your health, longevity and quality of life. You control that power. Get all the facts and start eating a healthy diet filled with healthy foods that include, you guessed it, organic eggs.

[Source: The Weston A. Price Foundation (westonaprice.org), Dr. Bob’s Healthy Living 2006 ]

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