Eggs Don’t Raise Cholesterol

by on November 28, 2011


There are a lot of authorities who say that the old advice that eggs raise the body’s cholesterol is pure unproven nonsense.

The latest research from the University of Alberta in Canada confirms this view. In fact, Jianpint Wu, who led the research team, tells us that not only are eggs an excellent source of protein, lipids, vitamins and minerals but that, in their raw state, they also contain twice as many anti-oxidants as an apple. This makes them heart-protective: not a threat for the heart as is often claimed.

In previous research, Wu found that eggs produced chemicals which act in the same way as “ACE inhibitors”, so helping to keep blood pressure low. This flies in the face of recommendations to avoid eggs as the cholesterol they contain promotes to high blood pressure.

In fact, the claim that cholesterol in the diet is directly correlated with cholesterol levels in the blood is very controversial. Many doctors and authors – including Professor Wu, it seems, question the evidence.

Remember in the 80s when our governments recommended that we all exercise 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes? That advice turned out to be based on a misunderstanding. I have a strong feeling that the “cholesterol in food = cholesterol in the blood” argument is wrong too.

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