Eggs Are Apparently as Bad for You as Cigarettes So Prepare to Die Over Breakfast

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bad eggHey, everybody! Are you ready for today's edition of STOP EATING THAT FOOD BEFORE IT KILLS YOU!? That's good, because according to the latest study, eating too much of this particular food can put as much plaque in your arteries as a "lifetime of heavy smoking." So get your grocery list and get ready to cross off ... eggs.

For cripe's sake, really?! Are we back to demonizing everybody's favorite breakfast food for its high cholesterol content? I mean, yes, eggs are high in cholesterol. We've known that for quite some time (since egg white omelettes became a thing, approximately). But then we found out that eggs can actually raise "good" (HDL) cholesterol. Hooray! Omelettes with egg yolks! Or ... not. Now suddenly eggs are as much of a health hazard as cigarettes? What gives?!

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Okay, fine, maybe we eat way too many eggs on the whole in this country:

Last year, the average American consumed 247 eggs -- over 40 percent more than the world per-capita average. Because egg yolks are high in cholesterol, eating whole eggs increases cholesterol, a known risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attacks.

Okay, fine, maybe we should not eat quite so many eggs. But do we really need to equate the risk factor of a fondness for fritattas with a nicotine addiction? This panic mentality has got to stop.

Because ironically, last time I checked? Stress is pretty bad for your heart, too.

Do you think eggs are really as bad for you as cigarettes?


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Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I'm pretty sure people dont consume eggs like smokers intake smoke. Not sure I know anyone who has more than a couple eggs per week anyway O.o

nonmember avatar HS

247 eggs? I'm assuming this includes eggs found in other foods like cakes and such?

NewMo... NewMomma.S

Did they factor in how much meat is eaten as well? Thus country likes to over eat every thing except healthy grains, fruits and veggies. Cholesterol is only found in animals and animal by products. My diet is low in those so the dozen eggs a week we consume isn't going to be as bad as a life time of smoking. You have to look at the while picture.

nonmember avatar Shannon Lee

Farm fresh eggs are considerably more healthy than store bought. Raising back yard chickens is on the rise aswell. I'm sure this has something to do with increased egg consumption.

GlowW... GlowWorm889

Unless you eat them for every meal, I don't see the big deal about it. Eggs are a healthy food when prepared in a healthy way and eaten in moderation. Everything, even sugar, is fine in moderation. Everything, even fruits and vegetables, are bad in excess. One needs to eat a balanced diet to be healthy, and not slanted one way or the other. Of course, that is easier said than done for many people.

And in any case, this doesn't affect me negatively because I don't eat many eggs. Not because of a health standpoint. I just can't stand the taste of cooked eggs. Unless they're hard-boiled, but that gets old. Mostly I just eat them if they're masked really well in another food, like a baked good. ;)

And a picky sidenote: Is that the average consumption of eggs? And is that including those in other foods like baked goods? Because I don't know anyone who eats that many eggs, on their own, in a year. And when they say it's more than the rest of the world's, did they take into account the price and availability of eggs in other countries? Or the culture of other countries? Food and culture are closely tied together. If there weren't many eggs available in a country's past, it's likely they developed recipes that didn't require them.

nonmember avatar zizzler

If they say eggs are as bad as cigarettes (in terms of artery damage) then it's a fact and it doesn't matter if you "agree" or not. Granted, cigarettes are highly toxic for many reasons and have numerous damaging effects on the body, so...I would say that the comparison is a bit off base.

surfg... surfgrl60

No. Thats just silly. I thought eggs had DHA and that is good for you. I have watched the doctors on tv a few times. Anything and everything will make you sick and die. Nobody can live in THAT much fear.

Chris... ChrisakaMama

Don't worry, in a year they'll be good for us again. Eggs are the best example of yo-yo food I can think of. Eat in moderation, that's the best advice anyone can give or receive. These are some other yo-yo foods & up dates to the list in the short months since I made it, it's a wild experiment to see how fast we swing from "incredible, edible egg" to "you are going to die" and then back! And with so many different foods... I think this is another use your common sense moment in nutrition news.

super... supercarp

To say that eating eggs is as bad as smoking is idiotic in the extreme. Eating eggs may or may not increase your serum cholesterol. Smoking on the other hand:

1. is the #1 cause of bladder cancer

2. slowly destroys your entire vascular system

3. can cause your arteries to flake apart, causing aneurisms

4. causes emphysema, a terrible, slow suffocation

5. causes lung cancer

6. causes blood vessel narrowing

7. causes E.D.

8. Damages your skin and vocal cords

9. causes COPD

10. makes you stink

Smoking also turns many people into litterbugs or firestarters as they throw their butts around or leave them smoldering somewhere around the house.


mandy... mandybimama

Maybe its just me but these days you can pick almost any food anyone anywhere in the world eats and find a study that somehow links it to some sort of health risk. These days nothing seems to be healthy and just breathing while outdoors could kill you. I just do what I think is best for me and dont worry about it. We all die eventually anyways so might as well die happy.

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