More Egg Yolks Please!

I have another 2 cents to put in about egg yolks. For some reason they have been demonized and demoralized. People have been led to believe that if you eat egg yolks, or cholesterol for that matter, they will somehow cause a heart attack. NOT TRUE. For the majority of people, consuming cholesterol will actually cause a feedback loop to kick in and reduce your bodies own production for the day. Cholesterol is REALLY REALLY important for producing Vitamin D, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone and other hormones, as well as cell membranes and brain tissue! IF cholesterol gets oxidized (from too much pollution/toxins and too few antioxidants) then you may have a cholesterol problem. So cut down on toxins and increase antioxidants to address that problem!
BUT back to the yolk of the egg… that is where the MAJORITY of nutrients are found. The yolk contains omega 3 fatty acids (especially if the chicken is fed properly), vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and choline. Choline is essential for producing acetylcholine, the “memory” molecule. So, don’t forget to enjoy 1 or 2 eggs EVERY DAY to boost your intake of these essential nutrients. Eat whole, organic eggs high in omega 3 fatty acids to give your brain and your body a boost!

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  • Mahmood Ahmad

    my cholestrol levels are slightly high; total value 210-220.

    should i still take egg Yolk or not.
    pl. advice how to reduce cholestrol without avoiding egg Yolk.

  • Hi MA.
    A total cholesterol level in and of itself does not tell us much at all. The “normal” cholesterol level used to be 240… some thought “lowering” the acceptable normal would reduce risk of a heart attack but that is not entirely true. Cholesterol is not a culprit, it is a vital nutrient used to make Vitamin D, hormones, cell membranes and brain tissue in your body. The total cholesterol may increase in response to many things, including exposure to toxins, so a sudden jump in levels needs to be evaluated, not driven down with potentially harmful drugs. So, there is more to the story… A breakdown of HDL versus LDL cholesterol would be a first step.
    The important number to know is “oxidized” cholesterol, but since that is cumbersome to measure, you can have a complete lipid profile done so you know how many “small, sticky” LDL particles you have. Those are the ones that get oxidized most easily.

    SO, BOTTOM LINE, eat a diet HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS, especially natural Vitamin E and Vitamin C and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Continue to eat organic, omega 3 enriched egg yolks and enjoy them! If your feedback loop were not working, total cholesterol would be over 300. That could be a sign of Type IV Hyperlipidemia which is genetic. If someone has that and their feedback loop is not working, then intervention with appropriate nutrition supplements or medications would be indicated.

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  • egglover

    Awesome ideas there, thanks. I honestly took the plunge and got me some chickens last week! Now I have more eggs than I know what to do with!. You might be interested in these egg recipes.

  • Debbi

    I started eating 2 eggs a day in the beginning of October in an effort to eat more protien and less carbs and my early December cholesterol testing showed a significant increase in my otherwise LOW cholesterol! No more eggs for me!

  • Debbi,
    Remember that cholesterol is produced by your body and made into very important things such as Vitamin D; estrogen/progesterone/testosterone/DHEA etc.; cortisol; cell membranes and brain tissue. It is not a poison and a “normal” value is an individual issue. Most people will produce less cholesterol if they eat some in the diet, so most changes in blood cholesterol can actually be insignificant. If you have Type IV hyperlipidemia, then some intervention is indicated. Otherwise, the most important thing to do is prevent the cholesterol that is present from becoming oxidized… as that is the real culprit. Also a total cholesterol of 240 may be just fine if the breakdown in HDL, LDL and lipoprotein a is acceptable. There is so much more to the story than just a “cholesterol level”!