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Will You Get a Heart Attack by Eating Eggs?

Statements regarding a connection between the cholesterol in egg yolks and getting a heart attack have been around for over forty years. However, cholesterol is essential to life and has an undeserved bad name. No one should avoid natural sources of cholesterol. It’s in all your cell membranes and is a major component of your brain. Cholesterol is the starting molecule for sex hormones, adrenal hormones and vitamin D. If you don’t get enough in your diet, your liver makes more. However, it can make too much if you’re getting lots of high-fructose corn syrup in your food or beverages. This raises LDL-cholesterol and other fats in your blood.

Just when people were starting to eat eggs again, a study came out that reported that men who ate eggs had thirty percent more heart attacks than those who didn’t. I haven’t seen the article. Were the subjects identical in all their other food choices and general life style? If indeed they were, let’s consider where the eggs came from and how they were prepared.

Humans have been eating eggs for thousands of years without harming their hearts. However, in the past thirty years more eggs have come from factory farms where the hens may have been fed antibiotics and treated with insecticides. Since the 1950s more and more insecticides have gotten into animal products. I would rather pay more for organic eggs and not worry.

If indeed cholesterol is oxidized by high heat I prefer not to break the yolks. Instead of making an omelet, I brown onions, ginger and sliced mushrooms in olive oil, then add other vegetables plus a little water. On top of this I poach two eggs. This makes an ideal supper dish.

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