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Do Eggs Raise Heart Disease Risk?
One Egg A Day Raises Risk 1 Percent, Study Says
 
Some people say that eggs, which are thought to increase total cholesterol on the body, should be taken out of diets.
 
But eating one egg a day only raises the risk of heart disease about 1 percent, according to a new study that its authors say pardon the food from its role in health problems.
 
The authors said that factors such as a poor diet, smoking and sedentary lifestyles contribute to 30 to 40 percent of heart disease risk.
 
"This study should influence health professionals to finally acknowledge decades of research showing that egg consumption is not a significant risk factor for heart disease," said Leila M. Barraj of Exponent's Health Sciences Center.
 
The study also found some benefits to eggs, such as higher levels of "good" cholesterol in overweight men on low-carb diets who still eat eggs.
 
Web Source: http://www.kirotv.com/health/18289413/detail.html   December 16, 2008
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
There you go everyone, enjoy your Easter eggs! 
 
This is actually just a reminder once again, because there are literally dozens of studies showing that eggs have little to no effect on cholesterol levels. In fact, we often see when eggs are cooked and consumed properly there is a beneficial change to the cholesterol ratios. 
 
Firstly, you have to choose healthy eggs. That means to buy eggs from farmers that have allowed their chickens to have both feet on the ground. These hens eat grass and bugs and minerals from the soil all of which contribute to an egg that is higher in nutrition and tastiness! Have you ever seen the difference in the yolks between a conventional chicken egg and a farm raised egg? In the conventional egg the yolk is pale and the white is runny, in the farm egg the yolk is dark yellow or orange and the white is jelly like. The taste difference is immense!
 
What is the proper way to cook an egg? NOT SCRAMBLED!!  Why? Well, what happens with scrambling is the egg yolk comes in contact with the hot pan. This high heat causes a change in the structure of the yolk called oxidation. It is this oxidized cholesterol that some researchers feel that caused eggs to get the bad rap. So do not eat scrambled eggs. 
 
Instead choose to eat your eggs RAW blended in a smoothie egg nog (must be a free range organic egg to be healthy), or poached, or soft boiled, or steamed (fried on low with a lid placed on the pan). All these methods can be learned on the other top story page that has been attached on how cook eggs. 
 
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