Are Eggs Good For You? (Or Cholesterol & Heart Disease Issues?)

Are Eggs Good For You? (Or Cholesterol & Heart Disease Issues?)


Are eggs good for you? or are eggs bad
for you? Well fortunately I’ve gathered some information so I should be able to
get you a straight answer Hundred years ago eggs were good for you. fifty years
ago eggs are bad for you. last month eggs are good for you, and the latest
news that we have today is that eggs are bad for you. Sorry so if you just bought
a couple of dozen eggs and they’re sitting there in the fridge and you’re
thinking you might have to throw them away now don’t worry Easter is a short
while away they’ll easily keep till Easter and by then eggs will be good for
you again so no worries today we’re going to talk about eggs and cholesterol
and you’re gonna get the big picture so that you can finally make some good
solid decisions for your health coming right up so a lot of people are concerned because
there are some studies out there and the last one is by JAMA Journal of American
Medical Association so people are wondering so we have finally once and
for all we’ve got the answer for you why are we so confused on all these things
how can they be so much conflicting information so I’ll just try to shed a
little bit of light on this and in recent years in recent decades there are
not just eggs but there’s hundreds of foods that are so confusing because for
every research study that says one thing there’s a study that says the exact
opposite so chocolate is it good is it bad is it antioxidants is it sugar it’s
a dark is it what coffee one week it’s great for you the next week it’s your
nemesis same thing with butter so there’s virtually no food that they have
studied enough that there’s a clear verdict on okay someone is always going
to disagree on it so we have to be really careful with research we have to
look at who’s paying for the study how was the
study done and what are the people is it possible that people with different
opinions can come up with different results okay of course the answer is yes
so the latest one by JAMA or published in JAMA was what they call a cohort or
an observational study that means they take a bunch of studies and they look at
data over time there’s not an actual researcher that interviews and tests and
evaluates people they send out a questionnaire and then they gather all
these information all this data and then they look at it and there is a lot of
variety of conclusions there’s a lot of opportunity for drawing conclusions for
or against depending on how you look at this so in this particular case they
sent out they did one questionnaire and then they followed up 17 years later so
people reported how many eggs they ate and then 17 years later they assumed
that people were still eating the same thing do you think it’s possible that
they might have changed a thing or two during that that time period then let’s
look at another thing how do you know that of all the variables of all the
things that were going on in these people’s lives that it was the egg that
was the key factor when was the last time you went to have breakfast
somewhere and you ordered eggs and you got in a plate with just eggs on it you
would ask what else comes with this right so last time I checked they asked
you want bacon do you want sausage and they didn’t ask if I wanted nitrates or
chemicals with that which we all know goes with the sausage and the bacon if
you eat it out if you don’t get a high quality version they also asked there is
toast with this eggs and there is spread in other words margarine then they give
you a lot of jam or honey if it’s Jam it’s full of high fruit
those corn syrup and then you get some coffee on the side with pesticides and
orange juice that has been pasteurized and God knows where it’s been so there’s
all these different things that are potentially a hundred times worse than
the eggs and yet the eggs are singled out because that’s what they were
interested in in this study but do you think over 17 years that there could be
some variation and people maybe eat some other things and change their diet up a
little bit and there could be some other things that have an influence on health
maybe even such things as smoking drinking whether they exercise or not or
if they have a high-stress job we know that there are thousand different
factors that influence health and unless you can do a study where you isolate one
variable you have absolutely nothing to go on the other problem is not just with
the study but the way we think about things so we’ve had this idea about
cholesterol for the longest time and we think of it as bad by the way the food
labels the so-called nutrition labels have you ever thought about that they
list from the top to the bottom the worst things so they list at the very
top they list calories and then they list fat and saturated fat and then they
list cholesterol and sodium because those are in our minds we’ve been
trained to think of those as bad and it’s part of our consciousness so
cholesterol is one of those things that we think of universally as a problem as
a bad thing but let’s look at it is that is that really what it is so we eat on
average maybe 300 milligrams of cholesterol in our diet but the body
manufactures a whole lot more than that because we don’t eat enough so the liver
has to make it okay it goes through a 37 step process
very very complicated it’s not like the liver just snaps
it’s virtual fingers and have cholesterol there’s a lot of work in
making cholesterol so if we eat a little bit and that was too much then why would
the body make more okay the body is not stupid the body is not random the body
is not accidental everything that happened every one of these little
billions of processes are on purpose we have infinite intelligence Manning
managing this thing then on top of that cholesterol is so precious that is part
of the bile so the liver has it as part of the bile and it helps you digest fats
and then it gets out in the bowel so along with stuff that you’re supposed to
eliminate but cholesterol is so precious that the small intestine reabsorbs 50%
of the cholesterol that was eliminated so you don’t have to go through all that
process of making more this is a precious substance so what is it used
for the brain is 70% fat and 25% of that is
cholesterol cholesterol is crucial for the functioning of the brain for the
ability to rebuild the brain and maintain certain cell membranes so that
you can send signals and determine the the regulation the inside and outside of
cells whatever goes in everything in your body depends on cell membranes and
cholesterol is a huge portion of that it’s also a precursor for for hormones
and anytime that you make repairs of a cell membrane cholesterol is involved so
it’s not a random it’s not an evil it’s not an accidental substance the body
makes most of it the more you eat the less the body has to make the less you
eat the more the body has to make if you make none of it then the body makes more
did you know that vegans can have high cholesterol
they eat zero and they can get high cholesterol so this idea that dietary
stroll results in high blood cholesterol is absolute nonsense it has no impact
whatsoever on blood cholesterol so why does the body make cholesterol does it
make good or bad cholesterol no it makes
appropriate cholesterol it makes exactly the type of cholesterol that is
appropriate for the situation of the physiology of the body in that moment
and it changes minute to minute so it’s appropriate it’s not good or bad it
makes the right kind for what it needs to do so what they found was back in
some studies in the 50 60 70s when they started this association of cholesterol
and heart disease they found that some people with increased LDL had also
increased cardiovascular disease so they concluded that the cholesterol was the
cause of the cardiovascular disease but there is no causative relationship ever
established it’s an association it’s a correlation it’s an observation this is
high and this is high we don’t know why but one was magically proclaimed to be
the cause of the other and since that day we have been afraid of cholesterol
even though it’s this nutrient that we have to have – what my favorite
illustrations see how ridiculous this notion is of correlation of LDL causing
cardiovascular disease is traffic if you’re driving down the interstate and
all of a sudden it comes to a grinding halt and you’ve got a traffic jam for
the next 10 miles you’re assuming traffic accident and then you’re sitting
in that line and it Moses along it inches along and 30 minutes later you
get to the accident site and what do you see every time blue blinking lights
so I draw the conclusion there that blue blinking lights caused traffic accidents
because I never seen one without blue blinking lights is always there and
almost as often there’s those other evil people the ambulance and the fire trucks
if it’s a really bad accident we’ll have all three of them so it must take three
of them to cause really bad accidents right so we see how ridiculous that is
because we understand that the cops and the ambulance and the fire trucks show
up after the accident and so it is with cholesterol cholesterol doesn’t cause it
it shows up after and it just wants to repair the damage that’s what
cholesterol does it’s like putty it’s part of every cell membrane so if we
have damage to those cell membranes we need more cholesterol to kind of putty
up and and smooth it out the true cause of high cholesterol is
inflammation inflammation does damage damage needs to be repaired so anytime
we have inflammation and damage the body up regulates the LDL cholesterol the bad
cholesterol so that we can deliver because that’s what LDL does it’s a
transport vehicle to deliver cholesterol to the site of repair so the more
inflammation we have the more repair we have the more the body will up regulate
cholesterol and it will make the exact right type of cholesterol in the amount
that we need to deal with the situation so we can’t blame cholesterol for heart
disease any more than we can blame the ambulance for the traffic accident we
get things backwards because we don’t understand the big picture we don’t look
at physiology we think very very primitive in in in certain ways so the
problem is in some ways humans are too list ik and on some other hand we are
too complicated in our thinking so we’re too simplistic in the thing in
the way that we think oh I eat this saturated fat it ends up as saturated
fat it doesn’t work like that your body is not the food that that you
eat because if all that was if there wasn’t required any steps in between and
you cut yourself then you say oh I got this cut I need to provide something to
heal it let me rub some avocado on it let me slap a piece of lettuce on it let
me rub in some sausage but it’s not the way it works it has to go through a
process of digestion with enzymes it has to be transformed it has to be broken
down into small components and transformed from one type of component
to another and what creates inflammation is sugar and grains what creates high
lipids triglycerides is sugar and anyone who knows this anyone has tried the keto
diet or a very low carb diet knows this if you have high triglycerides you cut
out the carbs your triglycerides drop we have to think differently okay the body
transforms things it’s not the cholesterol that we eat that becomes the
cholesterol in the body there’s a reason for everything that it does it’s not the
fat that we eat we see fat on the body so we think oh I can’t eat fat but the
fat on the body is a result of insulin which is triggered from sugar and
carbohydrate so in that sense we are too simplistic in our thinking on the other
hand were too complicated because that’s why we have pluses and minuses that’s
why every research article out there has another one saying the opposite because
if you give some smart people some analytical people enough data they will
find a pattern they will draw a conclusion and depending on their
opinion and their goal and who paid for the study you
have two groups of people that draw the opposites and conclusions from the same
data so we can’t just look at research I’m not I’m not opposed to research I
think it’s great that we learn things but we have to look at the big picture
we have to look beyond the details because the more we get lost in the
details the more confused we get and that’s why nobody knows up from down
anymore when it comes to food so we have to ask different questions we have to
look at the big picture the principles how does this stuff work in the body we
have to look at the physiology what happens with the hormones what happens
with the digestion how do we build tissue how do we repair tissue and we
have to look at history what has worked for humans for the longest time
so birds make eggs they’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years humans
have been around for hundreds of thousands of years and we have eaten
eggs wherever they came came along so that is not a new food it is not
something that happened last week that there’s going to be another study to
change anything it’s been around for long it’s part of nature it’s good for
you don’t worry about it okay what you should worry about our modern
abominations like artificial sweeteners and Splenda and aspartame and margarine
and canola oil and all these different things that we make there are man-made
things that were made by nature they have stood the test of time
all right humans know how to select foods in nature we have for thousands of
years so don’t worry about it eggs are good for you that’s the official
statement of the day don’t have to wait til tomorrow if you like to have some
today go for it and the other thing I do want to add that’s super important is
just like there is different quality of margarine versus butter they can
look similar but they’re totally different there’s a difference between
farm-raised fish and wild fish there’s a difference between corn-fed hormone
Laden beef and grass-fed beef so there’s also a difference between the eggs from
chickens because if you cram 14 of them into a square yard and you feed them
pellets and hormones the resulting egg is not gonna be as good as if this
chicken or hen was roaming around picking the bugs and the seeds and the
grass and getting some sunshine and fresh air and moving around the way that
nature have done it for hundreds of thousands of years that is the way
nature produces healthy food when we change it we change everything about
that that food when you change the health of the chicken you change the
health of the egg so pay a little extra for those pasture-raised eggs if you
have someone local that can get you some eggs even better so please leave your
comments let me know if you have any more questions let me know if you have
some favorite egg recipes so please share this content with as many people
as you can because we do need to get some good solid big picture
understanding out there we can’t just get lost in the details and the lists of
the day we have to start understanding things so that we can fight against the
fads and the trends and get truly healthy for the long term thanks for
watching