Are Eggs Good For You? (Or Cholesterol & Heart Disease Issues?)
23
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


Are eggs good for you? or are eggs bad
for you? Well fortunately I’ve gathered some information so I should be able to
get you a straight answer Hundred years ago eggs were good for you. fifty years
ago eggs are bad for you. last month eggs are good for you, and the latest
news that we have today is that eggs are bad for you. Sorry so if you just bought
a couple of dozen eggs and they’re sitting there in the fridge and you’re
thinking you might have to throw them away now don’t worry Easter is a short
while away they’ll easily keep till Easter and by then eggs will be good for
you again so no worries today we’re going to talk about eggs and cholesterol
and you’re gonna get the big picture so that you can finally make some good
solid decisions for your health coming right up so a lot of people are concerned because
there are some studies out there and the last one is by JAMA Journal of American
Medical Association so people are wondering so we have finally once and
for all we’ve got the answer for you why are we so confused on all these things
how can they be so much conflicting information so I’ll just try to shed a
little bit of light on this and in recent years in recent decades there are
not just eggs but there’s hundreds of foods that are so confusing because for
every research study that says one thing there’s a study that says the exact
opposite so chocolate is it good is it bad is it antioxidants is it sugar it’s
a dark is it what coffee one week it’s great for you the next week it’s your
nemesis same thing with butter so there’s virtually no food that they have
studied enough that there’s a clear verdict on okay someone is always going
to disagree on it so we have to be really careful with research we have to
look at who’s paying for the study how was the
study done and what are the people is it possible that people with different
opinions can come up with different results okay of course the answer is yes
so the latest one by JAMA or published in JAMA was what they call a cohort or
an observational study that means they take a bunch of studies and they look at
data over time there’s not an actual researcher that interviews and tests and
evaluates people they send out a questionnaire and then they gather all
these information all this data and then they look at it and there is a lot of
variety of conclusions there’s a lot of opportunity for drawing conclusions for
or against depending on how you look at this so in this particular case they
sent out they did one questionnaire and then they followed up 17 years later so
people reported how many eggs they ate and then 17 years later they assumed
that people were still eating the same thing do you think it’s possible that
they might have changed a thing or two during that that time period then let’s
look at another thing how do you know that of all the variables of all the
things that were going on in these people’s lives that it was the egg that
was the key factor when was the last time you went to have breakfast
somewhere and you ordered eggs and you got in a plate with just eggs on it you
would ask what else comes with this right so last time I checked they asked
you want bacon do you want sausage and they didn’t ask if I wanted nitrates or
chemicals with that which we all know goes with the sausage and the bacon if
you eat it out if you don’t get a high quality version they also asked there is
toast with this eggs and there is spread in other words margarine then they give
you a lot of jam or honey if it’s Jam it’s full of high fruit
those corn syrup and then you get some coffee on the side with pesticides and
orange juice that has been pasteurized and God knows where it’s been so there’s
all these different things that are potentially a hundred times worse than
the eggs and yet the eggs are singled out because that’s what they were
interested in in this study but do you think over 17 years that there could be
some variation and people maybe eat some other things and change their diet up a
little bit and there could be some other things that have an influence on health
maybe even such things as smoking drinking whether they exercise or not or
if they have a high-stress job we know that there are thousand different
factors that influence health and unless you can do a study where you isolate one
variable you have absolutely nothing to go on the other problem is not just with
the study but the way we think about things so we’ve had this idea about
cholesterol for the longest time and we think of it as bad by the way the food
labels the so-called nutrition labels have you ever thought about that they
list from the top to the bottom the worst things so they list at the very
top they list calories and then they list fat and saturated fat and then they
list cholesterol and sodium because those are in our minds we’ve been
trained to think of those as bad and it’s part of our consciousness so
cholesterol is one of those things that we think of universally as a problem as
a bad thing but let’s look at it is that is that really what it is so we eat on
average maybe 300 milligrams of cholesterol in our diet but the body
manufactures a whole lot more than that because we don’t eat enough so the liver
has to make it okay it goes through a 37 step process
very very complicated it’s not like the liver just snaps
it’s virtual fingers and have cholesterol there’s a lot of work in
making cholesterol so if we eat a little bit and that was too much then why would
the body make more okay the body is not stupid the body is not random the body
is not accidental everything that happened every one of these little
billions of processes are on purpose we have infinite intelligence Manning
managing this thing then on top of that cholesterol is so precious that is part
of the bile so the liver has it as part of the bile and it helps you digest fats
and then it gets out in the bowel so along with stuff that you’re supposed to
eliminate but cholesterol is so precious that the small intestine reabsorbs 50%
of the cholesterol that was eliminated so you don’t have to go through all that
process of making more this is a precious substance so what is it used
for the brain is 70% fat and 25% of that is
cholesterol cholesterol is crucial for the functioning of the brain for the
ability to rebuild the brain and maintain certain cell membranes so that
you can send signals and determine the the regulation the inside and outside of
cells whatever goes in everything in your body depends on cell membranes and
cholesterol is a huge portion of that it’s also a precursor for for hormones
and anytime that you make repairs of a cell membrane cholesterol is involved so
it’s not a random it’s not an evil it’s not an accidental substance the body
makes most of it the more you eat the less the body has to make the less you
eat the more the body has to make if you make none of it then the body makes more
did you know that vegans can have high cholesterol
they eat zero and they can get high cholesterol so this idea that dietary
stroll results in high blood cholesterol is absolute nonsense it has no impact
whatsoever on blood cholesterol so why does the body make cholesterol does it
make good or bad cholesterol no it makes
appropriate cholesterol it makes exactly the type of cholesterol that is
appropriate for the situation of the physiology of the body in that moment
and it changes minute to minute so it’s appropriate it’s not good or bad it
makes the right kind for what it needs to do so what they found was back in
some studies in the 50 60 70s when they started this association of cholesterol
and heart disease they found that some people with increased LDL had also
increased cardiovascular disease so they concluded that the cholesterol was the
cause of the cardiovascular disease but there is no causative relationship ever
established it’s an association it’s a correlation it’s an observation this is
high and this is high we don’t know why but one was magically proclaimed to be
the cause of the other and since that day we have been afraid of cholesterol
even though it’s this nutrient that we have to have – what my favorite
illustrations see how ridiculous this notion is of correlation of LDL causing
cardiovascular disease is traffic if you’re driving down the interstate and
all of a sudden it comes to a grinding halt and you’ve got a traffic jam for
the next 10 miles you’re assuming traffic accident and then you’re sitting
in that line and it Moses along it inches along and 30 minutes later you
get to the accident site and what do you see every time blue blinking lights
so I draw the conclusion there that blue blinking lights caused traffic accidents
because I never seen one without blue blinking lights is always there and
almost as often there’s those other evil people the ambulance and the fire trucks
if it’s a really bad accident we’ll have all three of them so it must take three
of them to cause really bad accidents right so we see how ridiculous that is
because we understand that the cops and the ambulance and the fire trucks show
up after the accident and so it is with cholesterol cholesterol doesn’t cause it
it shows up after and it just wants to repair the damage that’s what
cholesterol does it’s like putty it’s part of every cell membrane so if we
have damage to those cell membranes we need more cholesterol to kind of putty
up and and smooth it out the true cause of high cholesterol is
inflammation inflammation does damage damage needs to be repaired so anytime
we have inflammation and damage the body up regulates the LDL cholesterol the bad
cholesterol so that we can deliver because that’s what LDL does it’s a
transport vehicle to deliver cholesterol to the site of repair so the more
inflammation we have the more repair we have the more the body will up regulate
cholesterol and it will make the exact right type of cholesterol in the amount
that we need to deal with the situation so we can’t blame cholesterol for heart
disease any more than we can blame the ambulance for the traffic accident we
get things backwards because we don’t understand the big picture we don’t look
at physiology we think very very primitive in in in certain ways so the
problem is in some ways humans are too list ik and on some other hand we are
too complicated in our thinking so we’re too simplistic in the thing in
the way that we think oh I eat this saturated fat it ends up as saturated
fat it doesn’t work like that your body is not the food that that you
eat because if all that was if there wasn’t required any steps in between and
you cut yourself then you say oh I got this cut I need to provide something to
heal it let me rub some avocado on it let me slap a piece of lettuce on it let
me rub in some sausage but it’s not the way it works it has to go through a
process of digestion with enzymes it has to be transformed it has to be broken
down into small components and transformed from one type of component
to another and what creates inflammation is sugar and grains what creates high
lipids triglycerides is sugar and anyone who knows this anyone has tried the keto
diet or a very low carb diet knows this if you have high triglycerides you cut
out the carbs your triglycerides drop we have to think differently okay the body
transforms things it’s not the cholesterol that we eat that becomes the
cholesterol in the body there’s a reason for everything that it does it’s not the
fat that we eat we see fat on the body so we think oh I can’t eat fat but the
fat on the body is a result of insulin which is triggered from sugar and
carbohydrate so in that sense we are too simplistic in our thinking on the other
hand were too complicated because that’s why we have pluses and minuses that’s
why every research article out there has another one saying the opposite because
if you give some smart people some analytical people enough data they will
find a pattern they will draw a conclusion and depending on their
opinion and their goal and who paid for the study you
have two groups of people that draw the opposites and conclusions from the same
data so we can’t just look at research I’m not I’m not opposed to research I
think it’s great that we learn things but we have to look at the big picture
we have to look beyond the details because the more we get lost in the
details the more confused we get and that’s why nobody knows up from down
anymore when it comes to food so we have to ask different questions we have to
look at the big picture the principles how does this stuff work in the body we
have to look at the physiology what happens with the hormones what happens
with the digestion how do we build tissue how do we repair tissue and we
have to look at history what has worked for humans for the longest time
so birds make eggs they’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years humans
have been around for hundreds of thousands of years and we have eaten
eggs wherever they came came along so that is not a new food it is not
something that happened last week that there’s going to be another study to
change anything it’s been around for long it’s part of nature it’s good for
you don’t worry about it okay what you should worry about our modern
abominations like artificial sweeteners and Splenda and aspartame and margarine
and canola oil and all these different things that we make there are man-made
things that were made by nature they have stood the test of time
all right humans know how to select foods in nature we have for thousands of
years so don’t worry about it eggs are good for you that’s the official
statement of the day don’t have to wait til tomorrow if you like to have some
today go for it and the other thing I do want to add that’s super important is
just like there is different quality of margarine versus butter they can
look similar but they’re totally different there’s a difference between
farm-raised fish and wild fish there’s a difference between corn-fed hormone
Laden beef and grass-fed beef so there’s also a difference between the eggs from
chickens because if you cram 14 of them into a square yard and you feed them
pellets and hormones the resulting egg is not gonna be as good as if this
chicken or hen was roaming around picking the bugs and the seeds and the
grass and getting some sunshine and fresh air and moving around the way that
nature have done it for hundreds of thousands of years that is the way
nature produces healthy food when we change it we change everything about
that that food when you change the health of the chicken you change the
health of the egg so pay a little extra for those pasture-raised eggs if you
have someone local that can get you some eggs even better so please leave your
comments let me know if you have any more questions let me know if you have
some favorite egg recipes so please share this content with as many people
as you can because we do need to get some good solid big picture
understanding out there we can’t just get lost in the details and the lists of
the day we have to start understanding things so that we can fight against the
fads and the trends and get truly healthy for the long term thanks for
watching


100 thoughts on “Are Eggs Good For You? (Or Cholesterol & Heart Disease Issues?)

  1. Learn more about what the best eggs are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xReI6rLbOFg and healthy grocery shopping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDbUrPUFX_Y&list=PLpTTF6wMDLR5tfTbwXoDbQ2RsYj6_fvFI

  2. I’m ALLERGIC to Eggs! doctors are so stupid ! She told me to continue to eat these damm things found out thousands of dollars later!!!! dammmm now healthy and have not touched this garbage (eggs) in ivee a year !!!!! And I don’t eat anything with eggs in it either no eggs no eggs no eggs very bad!!!! thank you

  3. Hi Dr Sten
    If everything what you say is true then how come when I was on omnivore diet my cholesterol was about 5.6 and when I switched to vegan diet my cholesterol dropped to 4.4 ?

  4. This is “simply” BRILLIANT … the BEST and MOST LOGICAL eggs•planation I have EVER heard! 👍👍

  5. Your videos are very detailed and make people understand better. Eggs are one single food that contains virtually all vitamins and nutrients. So they can't be bad. Moreover they are very tasty. I have been eating 2 boiled eggs per day for the last 2 years and I still feel very good.

  6. I LOVE EGGS THEY REALLY SATIATE ME, AND BALANCE MY BLOOD SUGAR. BUT THEY SAY TO BUY PASTURE RAISED/FINISHED EGGS?

  7. Hi Dr Ekberg,
    Great videos, thank you. Would it be possible to do a short 5-10 min summary video please. I find the information easier to digest in smaller helpings:-)

  8. Does cooking an egg change its nutrient profile ?
    I'm assuming the answer is yes 🙄😂… soo… is it a problem ? 😒

    Speaking as a former user of statins (for just 6 months) but has now (after 5 years) seriously damaged
    knee joints with the associated inflammation, I feel like I need a large intake of cholesterol-rich foods.
    I'm 61y.o. &155lbs, never been overweight. Non-smoker & light drinker.
    Lipator & Crestor have ruined my quality of life 🤕

  9. It depends on where and conditions the eggs are laid, and the feed they give them.If they are caged chickens the eggs aren’t good. If they are free range they’re fantastic even the flavor is better.

  10. Great info I've just discovered your channel today and its in the top 3 i will certainly share this channel to my friends
    Keep up the great work Doc

  11. Your unbiased, widely common sense and evidence based approach is a relief in the ocean of nutrition related ideology (especially here on YouTube).

  12. There is such an overload of misinformation out there, most of it contradicting itself, nobody knows what to believe as true. Modern diets are drowning in carbs due to processed food too.. Sugar is slowly killing us.

  13. Can I have cream in my coffee and what is the difference between sour cream and heavy cream , thank you, you are my rock.

  14. I HAVE EATEN EGGS ALMOST EVERYDAY SINCE I WAS A CHILD.
    I LOVE EGG'S. I AM VERY HEALTHY. I'M 53 AND NEVER EVEN HAD A CAVITY.

  15. Started eating 2 to 3 dozen duck eggs a week. My cholesterol has not gone up one point from last year.

  16. Absolutely great! I’ve told many people about the cholesterol scam but now I’ve sent them your video. Amazing. They didn’t believe me but maybe they’ll think a bit more about this after listening to you. Thanks so much.

  17. I watch lots of videos and this is the best I had ever watch , you explain in a way as simple but thorough and the words pronounced so clearly . Thank you very much for unselfishly sharing your knowledge and concern, I shared your video to most of my friends and families. God bless you.

  18. I am 72 years old and I eat 18 to 24 eggs every week and my Cholesterol reading is always less then 150 with the HDL being very good.

  19. Excellent research, analysis and presentation, a very good example of critical thinking, peace and love mate, bliss.

  20. Interesting and educational video but I must say from personal experience that a keto diet does not automatically lower cholesterol, LDL.

  21. Dr. I am 77 yrs old and stage 3 CKD female. My serum cholesterol is 281 mgs/%
    HDL 41 mgs/%
    LDL 196 mgs%
    LDL/HDL ratio 4.78
    Total cholestrol/HDL
    Ratio : 6.853
    Serum Triglycerides
    209 mgs%
    Blood Urea 76 mgs%
    Creatinine 3.1.mgs%
    I am on statins. I hv a little.bit of chicken and fish 2/3 times a week
    I hv switched over from t vegetable oil to coconut oil for cooking. Am wondering if the rise in cholesterol could be due to coconut oil. Waiting for yr answer. Thanks Dr

  22. Highest consumption of eggs in the world? Japan with the highest current longevity but Switzerland, Spain very close to Japan now. But you want to really live long get rich and move to Monaco.

  23. Dr. Sten thank you for all explanation, it’s really great and amazing we have people like you in this world. The question is , why they don’t teach us that in school ? Even we know it’s very important in our life from generation to others.

  24. Felicidades Dr.
    He visto varios de sus vídeos, y en este puse especial interés, y fui a la ayuda para poderlo entender en mi idioma y fue una grata sorpresa.
    Así que ahora podré compartir el conocimiento expandido por usted, en conservarse y mantenerse sano, dejando dogmas y tabús.
    Un abrazo desde México.
    Espero pueda traducir mi escrito.

  25. Thank you so much! I love science and am grateful for your way of thinking! 💕🌸💕🌸💕🌸💕.
    I always have boiled eggs in the fridge for when I get hungry. I slice them in half and put mustard on them. Yummy. 2 is enough to satisfy me for a few hours.

  26. Well done Dr. Excellent presentation as are all your videos!
    I'm an informed happy subscriber.
    Thank you for your wonderful, informative videos!

  27. Gonna give my Doc, PA and Nutritionist/Dietitian a homework assignment next time they confront me with my refusal to go on their beloved statins…..

    Watch this video then refute it if you can…………..

  28. Your diction and intonation is more than perfect. Yo soy un Mexicano que sigue sus videos desde Mexico y soy uno de sus fieles seguidores, yo he aprendido mucho de usted, Dios me lo bendiga por siempre. You are the best of best!

  29. excellent presentation. Thank you. I was sceptical about eggs sins my heart failure diagnosis but I believe you right Sir and IO will start eating 3 eggs a week which help my diabetes type 2 and as I have noticed from other sites Egg hathe perfect protein and it is damn good for your brain

  30. You're absolutely brilliant! Haha! The "egg" study. All that sugar, nitrates, white hybridized flour, hydrogenated fats, poor quality food, no doubt GMOs and MSGs and they're attacking the egg as the bad guy!?
    Eating out. I dont consider it a healthy meal no matter how "healthy" it is. I count eating out as once or maybe twice a month treat, that's it.
    Very informative video!! Really shed some light on the truths about studies.

  31. My lipid profile is perfect. I freely use butter and cream and eggs. I take fish oil and two tbsp olive oil daily.

  32. Tyvm, for the lessons you do teach ! I did stop medication against high cholesterol !
    But my Dr . Was not happy! The bloedtest after 3 Month , without taking the med. Was very high. , so he did tell me to take the pills again. But i do like to stop as soon as possible. Do you agree? Tyvm .Sorry if my English is not good , i am a Dutch lady and do hardly speak English .

  33. i use vegtable oil when cook over easy & scrambled eggs. Im diabetic 2 & high cholestrol. I love honey nut cherrios, honey bunches of oats.

  34. This has shed so much light on the matter!! I am going off to University in September to study Human Nutrition and will continue to refer to your videos! Thank you 🙂

  35. As a student I used to buy and eat boiled eggs from an old vendor. I would eat the white and give the yellow to him or a friend who is willing to eat that "bad" cholesterol laden food. This went on for two years, and at the end of it, the old vendor no longer could take my behavior. He told me that he felt guilty selling eggs to me because I had been throwing away the best part of the egg. He was right. I continued to throw egg yellows until very recently. What a waste of money? I am 65.

  36. I'm sure vegan doctors have to study the role of cholesterol in the human body and I can't help wonder how they justify recommending a cholesterol free diet? Does their bias against eating animal foods over ride intelligent reason? Do they believe the epidemiological studies because they reinforce they biases? Whenever any research is done by a vegan doctor like T Colin Campbell or Neil Barnard will the disease they are looking at ever be blamed on anything else but animal foods? Meat causes cancer never mind all the environmental toxins we are subjected to. Diabetes is caused by too much animal fat in the muscle never mind that our bodies turn excess carbs into triglycerides or that most people are using vegetable oils. I view vegan doctors as comedians rather than scientists.

  37. It's not confusion, it's just the companies that rules the world states their requirements to sheeps (aka us human), if they are either short in eggs, or wants you to have their new trash food then it will focus on the common food used like carbs, eggs, etc.. and tore it apart 🙂

  38. Love your video's! Thank you! 🙂 I always get my eggs from the Amish ppl who live around us. The price is right for healthy eggs 🙂

  39. December 2015 at the age of 60 i had a heart attack, at that time i had obvious inflammation in my joints mostly in my knees and hands that you would think was arthritis. I asked my doctor how can i reduce this painful inflammation, he suggested that i give up the grains. I had been eating a lot of bread for most of my life and thinking back to that time …. i was in a bad way physically…. overweight 91kg and in a lot of pain. I did some research online on the subject and discovered the Ketogenic diet. 4 years ago there was not a lot of good information on it but i gave it my best shot…what did i have to lose ?? After the first 2 months i was weighing in at around 75kg and felt so much better. However last Christmas while recovering from Prostate surgery i decided i would relax and just go with the flow over the festive season. I very soon put the weight back on and felt terrible, so i decided to get back on track. Recently i had been feeling a strange guilt ? or concern when eating the high saturated fat diet…. i had thoughts and even doubts that i could be doing myself harm…… so i looked at the Whole foods plant based information…. The first thing that struck me was those who were talking about it on Youtube did not look like they were healthy or thriving. Needless to say i have not pursued the WFPB diet, i will stay with Keto that has actually changed my life for the better. My new doctor is not happy about it…. my Cardiologist wants me to stay on the Statins… they make me feel really bad …aches and pains etc. So i am going to go with what makes me feel the best…. just Keto ! Dr Ekburg, thank you for your videos, your explanations give me the confidence to continue healing my body….not harming it. Regards, Glen.

  40. As usual packed full of meaningful information which is easy for regular people to digest (pun intended), again, thank you for sharing your valuable knowledge!

    P.S. I love eggs so i will keep eating them 🙂

  41. So needed so much truth..the only way to hear and see the truth the egod are ego has to move away to see pass that veil ..a great teaher of truth

  42. I feel myself lucky, I've been reaching about cause as Dr Ekberg said it is said that egg is not good for health and at my experience I'm giving eggs to my husband as breakfast and the sugar level was normal, of course there was no sugar accompanied, so I was wondering if I'm taking the wrong way, now thanks to Dr Ekberg I'm no more confused, thank you so much Dr Ekberg for all these information, thanks will never be enough to thank you. Sir, I would like to know if there is a limit in the consumption of eggs cause I'm giving my family a very low card diet, we get card only from vegetable, and I'm including eggs in every meal, 3 times meal, please Sir, it would be a great favor to me if you can reply me, wish you a great day, and thanks again a ton for your help

  43. Another excellent video. Thank you. Dr. Ekberg… in relation to eggs, is it possible to have "too much of a good thing" ? I find since starting the Keto lifestyle, eggs feature in my diet every day. Most days 2x, some days 4x. My neighbour (who first recommended Keto to me) says she eats up to 6x per day. So…. I fully understand that eggs are good for me…. but is there an "excessive" number per day / per week ? Thanks again 🙂

  44. You are more than most doctors around. You are an intelligent and self-contained doctor who can think clearly and intelligently.

  45. Very valuable and specific information! Thank you so very very much again for sharing your reliable insights, Dr. Sten Ekberg! Highly appreciated! Wishing all the Best!

  46. I love your comment on chickens having better eggs with better life ,people should not confine animals to small space any way

  47. Excellent video with a lot of common sense. How do we deal with inflammation and low levels good cholesterol Dr.? Do you have videos for those topics.? Thanks very much .

  48. Thank you! You have taught me more thru your videos than any doctor I have have over my life time! Any suggestion on how to find a good holistic doctor in my area?

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