Another health study of nutrition takes the news headlines by storm. This time it’s about eggs rocking the health world.

This recent study  See End Note 1 wants you to believe that eating eggs 5 or more eggs, on average, per week, is healthy for you and healthier than eating about 2 eggs per week, on average. CAUTION: here’s the skinny on eggs, which does contain animal protein and animal fat.

An Irish dietitian and nutrition researcher. Dr. Kerley, PhD, BSc, H. Dip, helps readers better understand the that research.  See Note 2  In a nutshell, people of one group were not equally matched to people of the other group. It might be concluded that those people in the country studied who could afford more eggs could afford to eat better and practice healthier health habits.

The healthier participants in this egg study are believed to have consumed more of… guess what? FRUITS and VEGETABLES and are believed to either not smoke or smoke less than the “low consumption” egg eaters. Also there is a question about the significance of the spread in the study between number of eggs consumed when high-egg consumers, (ate on average about 5 eggs per week),  were compared to low-egg consumers, (ate on average about 2 eggs per week) and its practical applications in the real world.

Would the results have been much less favourable to those “high-egg” consumers,  if they ate more eggs? Would the results have  been less favourable to those “high-egg” consumers if their control group was a vegan control group?

Is this study useful to the typical American dieter?  Questionable. The typical American often eats more than 5 eggs per week, all sources combined.  So, if, on average, Americans eat more than 5 eggs weekly would the health effects of that be worse than the approx 5 eggs average in this study?

Though the headlines in the reactive news sources appear exciting and may justify eating mroe eggs, you might want to remain sceptical and to continue to minimize or moderate the amount of eggs you eat, if you do eat eggs.

The healthiest HEART and BRAIN and ARTERY diet continues to proven time and again: plant-based, whole food, and no animal sources of fat and protein. (Eggs are considered an animal-source of fat and protein.)

Studies like the old “Olive Oil” study and, now, this “egg” study, are enough to give heart doctors, heartburn! It goes against much of what some doctors recommend for correcting chronic diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and other chronic disease. Right now, among the most respected nutritional dietary advice for long-term optimal health comes from Drs.: Esselstyn, McDougall, Barnard, Ornish, Fuhrman, and PhD, Campbell, and the thousands of members of the Physician’s Committee for RESPONSIBLE Medicine, all of whom recommend eating a plant-based, whole-food diet, (aka., minimal to no animal products and to avoid as much as possible:oils, margarine, or butters).

[Note: as with all Nuggets on this website, this is for information purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation. Be sure to check with your doctor, who is qualified and authorized to diagnose diseases and to prescribe medications, prior to making any changes to your diet, exercise, lifestyle, or medications.]


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  1. “Associations of egg consumption with cardiovascular disease in a cohort study of 0.5 million Chinese adults.”  By Qin et al.  Heart. 2018 May 21. pii: heartjnl-2017-312651. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2017-312651. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. “Eggs – New Heart Health Food? Or Rotten Reporting?” By Conor Kerley, PhD, BSc, H. Dip.  CNS Newsletter, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. June 14, 2018.