Hi, it’s Anne Ricci and you are watching Anne’s
Healthy Kitchen TV. And today, we are going to talk about eggs
and cholesterol. There is a completely wrong belief in most
Western countries nowadays, and the belief is: eggs contain cholesterol, cholesterol
is bad for health, hence eggs are bad for us, and we should stop eating eggs.
So today I’m gonna tell you why this is completely wrong, and I’m also gonna tell you how much
cholesterol there is in an egg; we’ll also look at some research to see if eggs are good
for everyone or not, and I’m also going to tell you which eggs you should buy.
I have prepared a short presentation for you, so let’s dive in!
First, here are some facts about cholesterol. The body of a healthy person who weighs around
150 pounds produces about 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol per day. That’s right, cholesterol
is produced by your body. Now, 1 medium egg (50g) contains about 200mg
of cholesterol. So, if we simplify a little, we can say that
if you eat 1 egg per day, your body will still have to produce about 800mg of cholesterol.
If you eat 2 eggs, it will still produce about 600mg of cholesterol. And so on.
Of course, this is a little simplistic, because the body works in a way that’s more complex
than this, but this gives you a rough idea. Now, imagine you would eat a 5-egg omelet
every day, plus other foods that contain cholesterol such as cheese, butter and bacon�in this
case you may well have health issues; not really because of the cholesterol, but rather
because of all the fats contained in these foods (but this is a discussion for another
day). Just remember that the more cholesterol you
get from food, the less production of cholesterol by your body is needed. And on the contrary,
the less cholesterol you get from food, the more production of cholesterol by your body
is needed. That said, not eating the egg yolk is a really
bad idea for 3 reasons: 1. you will not enjoy the great taste of whole
eggs 2. you will miss all the important vitamins,
minerals, and choline of the yolk 3. Your body will need to work harder to produce
the cholesterol it needs Now, let’s take a quick look at what research
says about cholesterol in eggs. You can access the studies on my blog; if you’re watching
from Youtube, simply click on the link below the video.
We have the 1982 Framingham Study that says that egg consumption is not related to coronary
heart disease. A 2000 paper showed that the observation of
populations has shown that eating one egg per day is not associated with a higher risk
of CHD, except in diabetic people. A 2006 paper said that eggs are good for you
if you�re overall healthy. And finally, a 2009 paper sums it up like
this: 1. our body needs cholesterol
2. the original studies linking dietary cholesterol and CHD were flawed
3. you can eat one egg per day and be healthy except if you have diabetes
4. CHD is caused by a multitude of factors, that are still not well understood
So here is the takeaway: There are mainly 2 cases when you should really
be careful with eggs: The first case is if you already have cardiovascular
disease, The second case is if you have diabetes.
But for overall healthy people, eggs are healthy in moderation. About 7 eggs per week is on
the safe side. Now, which type of eggs should you buy? You
can click this link to get detailed information, but the answer is really simple:
Eggs from these, no. Eggs from these, yes!
The reasons are obvious and I trust you to make the right choice.
That’s it! I hope I have cleared your confusion on this topic.
And if you have friends who are avoiding eggs, or worse, eating egg whites omelets, do them
a huge favor, share this video with them. And you can also click the subscribe button
here so you won’t miss the next episode. Thank you so much for watching and I’m looking
forward to seeing you next time. [music]