Eggs, Cholesterol and a Healthy Dose of Skepticism – The March 2019 JAMA Heart Disease Study
April 11, 2019
In this video post I challenge the assumptions made in a recent study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), a prestigious, peer-reviewed medical journal.
Just as the media finally abandoned the theory that eggs cause high “bad” cholesterol, JAMA published a study that suggests that the arcane nutrition advice is true: eggs are bad for us… again.
The high-power study, published March 19th 2019, revealed a positive correlation between consumption of eggs and other dietary cholesterol and high blood cholesterol levels. The relationship appeared to have a dose-response pattern (the more people ate, the higher their cholesterol was).
One detail was not discussed in the paper, however: The nearly 30,000 participants polled over 30 years were likely reporting consumption of the most abundant (and inflammatory) kind of egg in America — industrially farmed eggs from cooped hens.
I have posted before about the difference between eggs from pasture-raised hens and normal hens (even when labeled “cage-free” — those hens usually live indoors in confined spaces). Normal hens do not get sun or exercise and are fed on grain sprayed with herbicides and pesticides which is often moldy. These unhappy hens pass their unhealthiness into their eggs, and onto you (a running theme in animal foods).
Industrially farmed eggs contain much higher levels of inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids and much lower nutrient levels, whereas pasture-raised eggs have higher heart-healthy Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, Vitamins D and A, CLA, Choline, B-vitamins and Zinc.
If you want to see a side-by-side, check out this video.