SUNDAY SHUTDOWN #10 Eggs

Hit the headlines yesterday (16 March 2019) with claims eating them increased the risk of heart disease and early death. This causes problems for a number of reasons.

Claiming that consuming one particular food causes early death or any specific health problem is misleading. And actually in almost all cases impossible.

This kind of language further demonises foods which isn’t helpful. We should be focusing on foods we want to include rather than being restrictive.

Eggs contain cholesterol which has been shown not to impact blood cholesterol in the majority of people. High blood cholesterol is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

So what’s important when trying to reduce your blood cholesterol is replacing some of your saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats to increase the ratio of poly to saturated. It’s not just about removing saturated fat but substituting…⠀
🔸Sat fat think red meat, coconut oil, butter, fried foods⠀
🔹Polyunsaturated fat think oily fish (salmon, trout, mackerel), rapeseed oil, walnuts and chia seeds.⠀

All in all. Keep eating eggs. There is no recommended limit, eat as many as you like in the context of a balanced diet. Eat more 🔹foods and less 🔸foods.⠀

Kate Taylor

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