Eggs and cigarettes. What an unlikely combination, right? Apparently, Canadian researchers beg to differ. Study author David Spence and team have compared the effect of tobacco smoking and egg yolk consumption as it relates to atherosclerotic plaque formation.
After collecting data from 1,261 smokers with vascular disease who had to answer a questionnaire on how many eggs they ate per week for their entire life, the study authors conclude that:
“The effect size of egg yolks appears to be approximately 2/3 that of smoking.” 1
Per the authors, all confounders, which are elements that would also have an effect on the results, were adjusted for, including cholesterol levels, blood pressure, smoking, body mass index and diabetes.
After the adjustments, the scientists noted that plaque buildup increased dramatically after age 40 in study participants who either smoked or ate egg yolks regularly.
So, Should You Continue to Eat Eggs?
In a previous blog post titled The ‘Truth About Eggs and Your Bone Health’, which I still stand by, I mention a study where participants who ate more than four eggs per week had a lower mean serum cholesterol concentration than those who ate less than one egg per week.2
So should you continue to enjoy eggs? The answer is yes. However, here are some things to remember:
- While eggs are okay to eat, organic eggs are even better. Organic eggs must come from chickens that fed organic, non GMO, feed. Also, they are not routinely treated with antibiotics, hormones, or other drugs.
- Cage-free eggs are also recommended as they come from healthier and happier chickens, making the eggs richer in valuable nutrients.
- When cooking eggs, use a bone-healthy oil such as olive oil.
Study Findings Contradict and Confuse
But wait a minute; since scientists claim that cholesterol aggravates plaque accumulation, that study would seem to contradict this latest one.
Also, this latest study supposes that the test subjects have perfect memories and recall exactly how many eggs they consumed in their lifetime. Plus, it doesn’t take into account any accompanying unhealthy foods that are usually eaten along with eggs.
And while there are many more confusing problems with this new study, there is another factor at play.
You see, most “scientific” studies on foods contradict each other, making it impossible for the average person to decipher which foods are good and which are bad for them. And it doesn’t help that the mainstream media over-reports on these studies (in stark contrast to the sparse coverage given to a drug side effect warning or drug safety alert), ensuring that the general public is made aware of the ever-changing healthful status of foods.
As a consequence, most people are so fed up of hearing contradictory news reports about foods, that they simply choose to ignore them and stop caring about which foods they eat. After all, they think, a food that’s deemed unhealthy today, might be transformed into a healthy food tomorrow. Unfortunately….
That’s Precisely What These Studies Aim to Do!
In the end, mainstream medicine, held captive by Big Pharma, would like you to ignore common sense and to forget the power of nutrition amidst all the confusion and conflicting reports. They rather you rely on their “miracle” drugs which, according to them, have been studied, and have a more consistent track record. Meanwhile, their drugs are now responsible for more deaths than car accidents.
You Can Harness the Power of Nutrition for Your Bones
Many in the community have written about their doctors’ negative attitude when they turn down osteoporosis drug prescriptions in favor of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program treatment which takes a food based approach. But all this changes when their bone density improves. That’s when the doctors tell them to continue with the Program.
You can read about those real life success stories here.
Here’s to your knowledge of nutrition and to not falling for mainstream medicine’s confusing schemes!
1 Spence DJ et al. “Eg yolk consumption and carotid plaque”. Atherosclerosis. Received 11 February 2012; received in revised form 17 July 2012; accepted 18 July 2012. published online 10 August 2012.
2 Won OS et al. “Nutritional Contribution of Eggs to American Diets”. J Am Coll Nutr. October 2000 vol. 19 no. suppl 5 556S-562S.