Are Eggs Really Bad for Your Heart?


3The Ultimate Truth About Eggs

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Eggs are either healthy or harmful, depending on the person you ask. Indeed, eggs have been at the center of public controversy for years. Some people confirm that eggs are highly nutritious and beneficial, while others claim they are bad for the heart and cardiovascular health.

On the one hand, the high cholesterol content of eggs can increase your global cholesterol level and seriously damage your health. On the other hand, the amount of cholesterol, present in eggs, is harmless and does not affect your overall cholesterol level. So, which statement should you trust?





  1. The truth the study shows a link between high cholesterol and CVD. It mentions US diets high in cholesterol and eggs. Well let’s take a look at other high cholesterol foods like potato chips, processed meats, vegetable oils, and many baked goods are just a few.

    • Sorry Ted, but you should check your facts before giving an opinion. Potato chips and vegetable oils have ZERO cholesterol. All cholesterol comes from animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, fish, etc.). And, even if you purchase organic, pasture raised, grass fed, whatever… the animal derived product still has the same amounts of cholesterol.

  2. Gonna die of something! I LOVE EGGS !! Try free range chicken eggs from non-antibiotic raised hens If all ya do is follow some « experts » words you’ll end up dying of « something » and wonder WHY?..

  3. Sorry, not buying it. For one thing, are we talking eggs from farms with steroids and GMO grains?
    I believe Free range NATURAL eggs are in fact good for you,
    As a Paleo/Primal advocate, this diet has made me feel better, sleep better and helped my exercise program, eating about 2 or 3 eggs a day. But again, ONLY from known sources of free range NATURALLY fed chickens.
    My ‘bad’ cholesterol level is very low, and my ‘good’ level is right where it should be.
    And at age 59, my heart health is excellent according to my Doctor.
    So, if true, either I’m an exception to the rule, or the big difference is what is IN the eggs.
    After all, if WE « are what we eat », then wouldn’t that apply to the chicken too??

  4. Actually, cholesterol in an of itself is not bad as it is an important part of our biology:
    Important points:
    Cholesterol is subject to oxidation, if oxidized, then this becomes an irritant when consumed – to avoid, don’t eat scrambled eggs.
    Avoid vegetable oils high in Omega6, these cause blood vessels to get irritated, cholesterol is then used to try to repair the irritated vessels. Best oils are avacodo and olive (organic)
    Please read books by Dr. Perlmutter as he debunks many myths surround cholesterol

  5. I eat at least 4 eggs a day as love eggs over any other food and have most of my life and if this was true how did I make it to 79 years old and in better health then 95% of the people my age. Decided years ago if had to worry about everything I do and eat might as well jump off a mountain top and get it over with.

  6. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for the informative and unbiased article. I only have one comment that caught my attention. You mentioned in this article that our bodies require dietary cholesterol to function. Where did you get this information from? As you are probably aware, our bodies produce their own cholesterol without the need of any additional dietary cholesterol. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, have a clear stance in that « our bodies need some cholesterol to function normally and can make all the cholesterol they need ».

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