Why I No Longer Eat Eggs

I once loved eggs. They were a huge staple in my diet. Even now I can think of my favorite dishes that involved eggs. Even when I was considering going vegan, eggs were the one thing I struggled to let go. Once my values and priorities changed, cutting out eggs became not only easy, but necessary. This isn’t a post meant to sway anyone to a vegan diet. I just want to start sharing my take on food and nutrition, as I am sharing so much of my lifestyle here and on my other channels.

Even if you decide to keep eggs and simply cut down your egg intake you will be lowering your risk for heart disease, obesity, and various other health problems tremendously : ]

So without further ado, here are the reasons I no longer consume eggs:

 


  1. Cholesterol

There are two types of cholesterol HDL and LDL. LDL is labeled as bad cholesterol due to the fact that it’s the vehicle by which cholesterol is deposited in to our arteries. In order to reduce the amount of LDL in your body, you need to reduce the intake of three things: trans fats, saturated fats, and dietary cholesterol.

The recommended level of cholesterol is 50 to 70 mg/dl which gives a cholesterol reading of 150-170. The common cholesterol reading in the US is around 170-200. Doctors will usually say a reading of 200 is normal,  but our normal in the US is leading to heart disease and death.

A study published in the American Journal of medicine compared the cholesterol levels of 632 Ugandans and 632 Americans residing in Missouri. Not only did they find that the cholesterol levels were significantly lower for the Ugandans (150,)  but the number of individuals who experienced a heart attack was 1 single person compared to our 136 individuals. [1]

One of the biggest sources of cholesterol you can consume are eggs. Consuming a single egg equates to 186 mg of cholesterol, and this is simply from ONE egg.

 

  1. Salmonella

There are certain practices you can do in order to reduce the risk of salmonella, but they are not the most reliable. More than 100, 000 Americans experience salmonella poisoning due to egg consumption each year. [4]

 

  1. Consuming one egg a day may shorten your life

 

A recent study found that consuming one egg a day resulted in a 4% chance of early death due to any cause. Some of the common causes of death caused by excess saturated fats and cholesterol are Type 1 and 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and obesity. [2]

 

  1. The Types of Eggs

 

Conventional: These are the eggs commonly seen in the supermarket. The eggs come from hens in cages that have virtually no room to move around or spread their wings. Because of these living situations, the hens are given antibiotics, hormones, and are fed grain rather than what a hen would normally eat.

The result is an egg with lowered amounts of omega 3s, vitamins, and increased amounts of hormones.

Cage-Free: These eggs come from hens kept in a shed or other small space without cages.

Free-Range: These hens are allowed to roam outside for a certain amount of time during the day. However, many reports claim that these hens prefer to hang out close to food so they usually don’t move from the closed in space.

Pastured: These are probably the cleanest eggs you can get. The hens are not caged, roaming 24/7, eat bugs and leaves, and have zero contact with antibiotics and hormones. However, these can be a bit pricey. They range from $6-9. These are NOT the same as pasteurized eggs, which are simply heated to a certain temp in order to kill off pathogens.

Here’s the hang-up with pastured eggs. To be able to legally use the term “pastured” you don’t need to do much. These companies simply must show that the hens are kept outside for a certain point in time (that’s it.)  However, there is a seal of certification that is awarded to brands that have proven that the hens are kept outside year-round and fed bugs and such. Only THREE companies have received this seal.

At this time, it is reported that about 95% of our eggs in the US come from caged hens. [3]

  1. Animal Cruelty

 

Ok, we all know that the food industry is f**** up in regards to the ways they treat their animals. I won’t go into too much detail on here about the cruel practices these hens are put through, but here are a few things they will experience, most hens will only live for 1-2 laying cycles before being sent to a slaughterhouse, most will arrive to these factories with broken bones/wings, they are kept in darkness for most of their lives, and will be force moulted (this requires starving the hens and keeping them in the dark.) [5]

 


 

The thing is- You don’t need eggs.

There are so many sources of protein that you can consume. Beans, legumes, tofu, meat replacements, and nuts are just a few examples of plant-based proteins. You can see my last post for more ideas on how to get more protein.

 

All the best,

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Refereces:

  1. How Not to Die by Michael Greger

2. https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/15/health/eggs-cholesterol-heart-disease-study/index.html

3. https://michaelkummer.com/health/pastured-eggs-vs-regular-eggs/

4.https://breakingmuscle.com/healthy-eating/the-great-egg-debate-4-reasons-you-need-to-stop-eating-eggs

5. https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/scary-egg-facts/

 

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