is eating too many eggs a problem?
March 5, 2012 8:37 AM Subscribe
36 eggs in a week. that can't be healthy. or is it?
posted by krautland to health & fitness (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently using swole.me
to set up diet plans for myself. they mostly work great but put a huge emphasis on eggs. on some days I'm supposed to eat ten or twelve eggs on a 2500cal diet. (not on all, I just generate new plans for every day to shake things up.)
I've been googling around and finding lots of bodybuilding forums in which people claim the mass intake of eggs isn't anything to be concerned about. here's a good example from reddits fitness faq:
Eggs? Don't they raise blood cholesterol, and cause heart disease and death?
If you're an otherwise healthy person, then: No. That idea was raised by a number of studies from the 1950s, which have now been soundly refuted. Eggs do raise LDL-cholesterol, but there are two types of LDL cholesterol, and eggs raise the large-fluffy LDL type, not the oxidized LDL (small type) that is associated with atherosclerosis. Additionally, it raises HDL, and HDL:LDL ratio is a bigger risk indicator than total cholesterol. Also, blood (serum) cholesterol levels do not detectably rise due to dietary cholesterol. Most studies indicate that eggs decrease (or, at worst, have no effect) the risk of atherosclerosis. There is both scientific and anecdotal evidence supporting this idea. Furthermore, high cholesterol is not associated with the actual risk of heart attacks and cholesterol is essential for many bodily functions including metabolism and brain function (your brain is largely cholesterol). Links to a number of studies is here. So, the evidence says, you can eat 8 eggs a day (for example), with no effect on your blood cholesterol or risk for heart disease. However, if you are not a healthy person -- specifically, if you are fat with an obesogenic diet, and at risk of diabetes -- eggs can increase risk for vascular disease.
so by all accounts I should not worry. but I do. it's the internet and it's tough to know what's bro-science vs. actually true.
what do you think? is eating too many eggs a problem?