This is probably unwelcomed news for some vegans. The latest health news from the U.S. Government is that cholesterol will no longer be “considered a nutrient of concern for over-consumption.” I was quite ecstatic when I heard this because it’s a step forward towards better food nutrition information. For decades, saturated fat and cholesterol were thought of as demons in the health world based on bad science, and then hung around because of momentum.
Why would you believe anything the U.S. Government says? This time is different. They never wanted to admit that a diet high in dietary cholesterol was bad for you because it would make them look kind of silly after promoting the opposite for 50 years.
The theory on why eating too many eggs is bad for you came from the idea that eating dietary cholesterol translated in higher bodily cholesterol which is not the case. On top of that, people with high levels of cholesterol are not at higher risk for heart disease than people with low cholesterol.
For a couple years I ate 16 eggs a week which alone would have put me over the daily recommended limit of cholesterol intake. Just for kicks I signed up to have my cholesterol measured by a registered dietitian that my company recruited for a day.
“Your cholesterol levels are good.”
“I eat 16 eggs a week.”
“Ya, I don’t believe in that whole cholesterol thing.
I can’t say the myth was based on bad science because there wasn’t really any science done. The research cherry picked data to demonize saturated fat and cholesterol. Eggs contain high levels of cholesterol, therefore if you eat eggs you will get high cholesterol. That was the science. They never took a bunch of people to shove eggs down their throat to see if there would be any fluctuation in cholesterol levels.
I’m not going to go into it too much. There’s plenty of information about Ancel Keys and his flawed study. The Food Pyramid guidelines are ridiculous. They recommend eating more of the bread and cereals group than the fruits and vegetables.
So go for it. Have 3 eggs with your breakfast instead of 2. There’s nothing wrong with having 3 yellow eyes staring at you with a crispy pork smile.
And why is it that every time you see a picture of bacon and eggs it’s always 2 eggs?