Eggs Cholesterol Controversy

The great egg controversy continues as research from both sides of the equation state their case. One side states that the egg is a nutrient dense food offering abundance of essential vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants. The other side of research states that the egg is bad for your health.

Let’s dig a little deeper. The egg yolk contains 100% fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin with 90% calcium, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, folate, iron, vitamins B6 and B12. The egg yolk is the most benefecial compare to the egg whites. Cholesterol from the egg yolk is a precursor to hormones and shown to increase the good HDL. It is an essential component of every single cell membrane and needed to make steroid hormones such as estrogen, cortisol and testosterone. Consuming the whole egg is better than just eating egg whites cause some of the egg whites compounds can pass the GI tract and aggravate autoimmune disorders or damaged gastrointestinal lining. It is recommended to avoid egg whites for anyone with autoimmune issues.

The other side states that the egg yolk contains 186 mg of cholesterol so these numbers can sound scary. Others state that by consuming the egg yolk with the cholesterol is actually healthy since then the body produces less of cholesterol since it is not needed and the body is getting it from the egg yolk.

It is important to mention that not all eggs are created equal. Some egg are from unhealthy chickens raised in factories and fed grain based diet.

From a functional medicine standpoint, you always want to keep the body balanced and functioning at optimal level so I’d be interested in learning if an individual can breakdown fats and check their nutritional markers, adrenal functioning  to see if they are lacking nutrients instead of guessing if daily egg consumption will be benefecial to the person or not.