Hey, 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?