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August 15, 2012

Are Eggs Really as Bad for Your Arteries as Cigarettes?

By Mark Sisson
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This past weekend, amidst all the Ancestral Health Symposium madness, I caught the headline while flicking through my phone for a few brief seconds. Didn’t open it up, though. Just cruised on past. I’d hoped to just forget about it, to ignore it, to banish it to the back of my mind where half truths and junk studies go to die. And truth be told, I pretty much had forgotten about it until I checked my email to find a ton of frantic emails from readers wondering if their beloved and dependable egg yolk breakfasts were killing them faster than the cigarettes they don’t smoke. What? You didn’t hear?

STUDY: EGG YOLKS ALMOST AS BAD AS SMOKING

Followed by (with less hysterical capitalization) “May increase carotid plaque build-up.”

So what are we looking at here?

We’re looking at a study in which a trio of researchers (two of whom with extensive ties to the statin industry) quizzed a group of middle-aged and elderly stroke patients about their lifelong egg intake and smoking history, making sure to stress the importance of accuracy and honesty in their answers. Yes, you heard me right: they expected people to remember every last egg they ever ate. Still, everyone in the study was assumed to have supernatural memory, so I guess it evens out.

Those who ate the most eggs were the oldest – almost 70 years old on average, compared to the relatively sprightly 55 year-old egg avoiders. It’s pretty well accepted that with age comes the progression of atherosclerosis, a process that takes, well, time to occur. Plaque doesn’t just snap into existence; it develops. All else being equal, the older you get, the more plaque you’ll have.

Those who ate the most eggs also smoked the most and were the most diabetic. To their credit, the authors tried to control for those factors, plus several others. Although they tried to control for sex, blood lipids, blood pressure, smoking, body weight index, and presence of diabetes, the study’s authors didn’t – couldn’t – account for all potentially confounding variables. In their own words, “more research should be done to take in possible confounders such as exercise and waist circumference.” Hmm. “Possible” confounders, eh?

Exercise reduces inflammatory markers of atherosclerosis.

Exercise even reduces markers of atherosclerosis in pre-pubertal obese children!

Exercise reduces thickness of the carotid arterial wall. It doesn’t get much clearer than that. Exercise is a massively confounding variable that the authors failed to take into account.

What about waist circumference?

A high waist circumference predicts atherosclerosis of the carotid artery.

Or how about stress, which also wasn’t considered?

Perceived daily psychological demands – the amount of crap you perceive to be heaped on your plate – are associated with progression of carotid arterial plaque.

Yeah, it’s not like the size of a person’s waist, whether or not they move of their own volition or sit in an easy chair all day, and how much stress they endure have any impact on their risk of developing atherosclerosis. Those things may be linked, and I’m sure the authors would have loved to include them in their analysis, but there just wasn’t enough space on the questionnaire. Besides, it’s not like a little physical activity and mediation could even undo the damage wrought by 4.68 sinful egg yolks per week. Why, that’s nearly a half dozen!

Seriously, though, the subjects were all stroke patients who’d lived to tell the tale. They’d been in contact with the medical community (you generally don’t just shake off a stroke without medical attention), who no doubt gave them the standard required advice to prevent another event, which includes “a reduction in saturated fat and cholesterol intake…and a boost in physical activity.” Since the egg-eaters obviously didn’t listen to their doctors’ recommendations to cut back on cholesterol intake, I’d wager they treated the exercise recommendations with similar levels of disdain. What do you think?

Here’s what I think: this is an observational study whose already limited worth depends entirely on the memory of an inherently fallible creature being infallible. As such, it cannot assign causality, contrary to what the media (“Egg Yolks Can Quicken Hardening of the Arteries“) and authors (“It has been known for a long time that a high cholesterol intake increases the risk of cardiovascular events”) say. Furthermore, why single out egg yolks? I mean, I get it – the authors sort of have a vendetta against eggs – but what about other foods? Were those even analyzed or asked about? What about the stuff that people generally eat with eggs, like pancakes and vegetable oils, or the foods that contain egg yolks, like baked goods and mayonnaise? For all we know, egg yolk intake could have been a marker for eating garbage; most people aren’t tossing raw yolks into post-workout shakes, gently poaching eggs with coconut vinegar, or horrifying co-workers with a bag full of hard-boiled eggs like we Primals are wont to do. They’re getting Grand Slams at Denny’s, eating bologna sandwiches with mayo on white bread, and overcooking scrambled eggs in canola oil until they’re rubber.

For fun, though, let’s look at what some other studies have found with regards to the artery-clogging capabilities of whole eggs:

Egg consumption and endothelial function: a randomized controlled crossover trial. Two eggs daily did not impair endothelial function (the flow of blood through the arteries), nor did it increase total or LDL cholesterol. Overall, eating two eggs a day elicited no change in cardiovascular health when compared to eating oatmeal (a cardiologist’s pride and joy).

Daily egg consumption in hyperlipidemic adults – effects on endothelial function and cardiovascular risk. In patients with high cholesterol, eating several hard-boiled eggs a day had no effect on endothelial function.

Effect of a high-saturated fat and no-starch diet on serum lipid subfractions in patients with documented atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Obese patients with heart disease ate lots of saturated fat, zero starch (including zero grains – sound familiar?), and tons of vegetables, and saw massive weight loss without any negative effects on their blood lipids. Once upon a time, I had access to the full study (it was freely available at the website for the Mayo Clinic, who’s since taken it down…wonder why), and I remember seeing that they ate three or four eggs a day. If egg yolks were bad for all heart disease patients, these guys would have felt the effects.

Okay, despite all those confounders and other egg studies that support yolks as harmless and the fact that this was merely an observational study without the power to assign causation and whose authors failed to even propose a potential mechanism of action, let’s entertain the notion that something was going on with this population of egg eaters. What if the egg yolks did have something to do with the atherosclerosis?

In a previous post on “Human Interference Factor,” I highlighted a study showing hens given an unnatural industry-standard diet high in omega-6 containing grains (soy and corn) produce less healthful eggs than hens on a more natural diet of grains lower in omega-6 with supplementary antioxidants. When subjects ate two of the soy/corn-fed eggs a day, which were high in omega-6 fats, their oxidized LDL levels were increased by 40%. Subjects who ate two of the other eggs each day, which were low in omega-6 fats, had normal levels of oxidized LDL (comparable to subjects in the control group, who consumed between two and four eggs a week). Since the oxidation of LDL particles is strongly hypothesized to be a crucial causative factor in atherosclerosis, it’s conceivable that eating normal, industrial eggs could have a negative effect on carotid plaque.

Anyway, what are the takeaways here?

Exercise, practice stress reduction, and get your waist circumference checked.

Don’t smoke.

Don’t age.

Don’t pay too much attention to ridiculous observational studies (this is part of stress reduction).

Oh, yeah – eat egg yolks, and lots of them. Doubly so if you’re low-carb (remember the starch/grain-free high-egg diet referenced above). Make ’em pastured, if possible, or at least from hens that ate something besides soy and corn. They’re more nutritious and probably “safer” than industrial eggs.

(In retrospect, that mention of the authors’ ties to the pharmaceutical industry was a low blow. After all, I myself am a direct benefactor of my local pastured egg industry; they pay me in delicious golden yolks.)

I hope you found this post helpful. Have at it in the comments.

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Cat
4 years 3 months ago

I saw this headline too yesterday and the reading on my bullsh*t-o-meter went sky high.

If our education system was geared more towards critical thinking we wouldn’t have this kind of mass hysteria when it comes to the latest ‘research’ on demonised foods.

Steven JT
Steven JT
4 years 3 months ago

Exactly. I always emphasize the lack of critical thinking as a key enabler of the tabloid style “health press”.

Alison Golden
4 years 3 months ago

Exactly.

primalpal
primalpal
4 years 3 months ago

+1 to critical thinking!!!

sue bova
sue bova
4 years 3 months ago

Husband is eating 1 egg with no-nitrate sausage patty every day plus no more bread or pasta and lost 15lbs in five weeks. I can`t eat eggs but went no carb and lost 8 in weeks. He at 72 weighs l64 and I at 70, weigh 135 and we feel great! Thanks Mark!

gibson girl
gibson girl
4 years 3 months ago

When I hear statements like that I always think, “Follow the money”. Someone has an interest.

Tony
4 years 3 months ago

While this article is not directly about health it is about critical thinking. I love it — very well written. I make all my students in my health and strength & conditioning course read this early in the semester.
http://www.csicop.org/si/show/field_guide_to_critical_thinking/

Laura
4 years 3 months ago

I checked out your link- fabulous! Thanks!

Nancy
Nancy
4 years 3 months ago

Thanks Tony. This is a great article.

andrew
andrew
4 years 3 months ago

The article on critical thinking is good. However he has not applied the technique to intelligent design. This is not a comment from me to raise a hot subject, but just to say one has to be consistent..

Gift
4 years 3 months ago

I don’t care what they say, I will continue to love my bacon and eggs.

Shary
Shary
4 years 3 months ago

I had a great-uncle who ate 3 eggs and 5 strips for breakfast every day of his adult life. He lived well into his 90’s and the only thing wrong with him, to my knowledge, was that he was slightly hard of hearing. He didn’t believe in doctors or drugs, which probably helped considerably.

BTW, didn’t we go through this egg nonsense about 15 years ago? The “Egg Police” just won’t give up.

raydawg
raydawg
4 years 3 months ago

Well there you go, next week you’ll probably see another study about how eggs cause deafness, and how statins cure it. 🙂

Jeff Klein
Jeff Klein
4 years 3 months ago

I agree! My grandfather lived to be 96. He ate eggs almost every day of his life. He did not smoke and he did not drink alcohol. He loved strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, and tomatoes, which all grew well in his back yard in Oregon. He went for a short walk every morning, and that’s all he did for exercise.

My grandmother, on the other hand, was a health nut and ate granola, whole wheat bread, bran muffins, etc. and ended up dying at 73.

ravi
4 years 3 months ago

methinks that the mere mention of the honorable field of epidemiology will send my BS meter a flickin forevermore…

LLA
LLA
4 years 3 months ago

Epidemiology isn’t all bad. It really started for infectious diseases, but that is much less of a problem in the developed world these days, so you know, they need something to do.

ID epi
ID epi
4 years 3 months ago

Thank you! Don’t discredit the whole field of epidemiology because these long-term retrospective studies are drowning in confounders. And there certainly ARE infectious disease epis in the developed world with plenty to do, thankyouverymuch 🙂 (Rabies, EEE, WNV, Lyme, e. coli/sal/shigella, HIV, TB, STIs, hepatitis A/B/C, MMR, meningitis, flu, varicella, pertussis, to name a couple!)

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 3 months ago

Meth inks? Is that like bath salts? Where can I find it?

Vicki
Vicki
4 years 3 months ago

I agree. I get tired of the daily demonized list of foods with dubious at best testing.

Zebram
Zebram
4 years 3 months ago

Yeah exactly. I’d like Mark to do an article on his ideas regarding public and private schooling versus homeschooling. Does the Primal lifestyle have anything to say regarding this debate?

Victor Venema
4 years 3 months ago

Do you know Peter Gray at his blog Freedom to learn?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn

Max Ungar
4 years 3 months ago

+1 Can I get some bullshit alert up in here? I hate that this is a headline in big news

JL
JL
4 years 3 months ago

It’s complete irresponsible nonsense and why the fat dude in the car next to me yesterday thinks the way I eat is crazy. He’ll by anything that CNN and Chik-fil-awful sell him. Replace that egg yolk with a whole grain muffin!

Henry
Henry
4 years 3 months ago

I agree. Although people still tend to only critically think within the realms of their current belief system. Your “bullshit” meter naturally went sky high because this study did not fit to your, i am guessing, stubbornly unmoving belief.

I am not a scientist although i am studying to become a doctor and i really feel unqualified to make judgements on a lot of the information that is out there.

By the way, I ate eggs for breakfast this morning, like i do every morning.

Sofie
Sofie
4 years 3 months ago

That’s part of why paleo is so good imo. It lets you make reasonable assumptions about food.

Dana
Dana
4 years 3 months ago
If our education system were geared more toward critical thinking, we wouldn’t have schools in their current form anymore. The entire K-12 system, public and private, is predicated upon the teacher dispensing knowledge and the kids shutting up, sitting down, and taking it. They couldn’t run a K-12 system in the present style that encouraged critical thinking. That would require *talking* and *interaction,* much like the old Greek philosopher schools. The nation’s economy would fall apart, too. Most of it’s predicated on people buying crap they don’t need. They have to be divested of their critical thinking skills (if they… Read more »
lockard
lockard
4 years 3 months ago

had some this morning – loved it

Barb
Barb
4 years 3 months ago

Had my two hard boiled eggs from pasture raised chickens!

They were YUMMY and way better for me than the cereal I used to eat for breakfast!

Gift Clumsywarrior
4 years 3 months ago

haha yea i have two, sometimes three every morning 😉

raydawg
raydawg
4 years 3 months ago

If anything, this “study” convinced me that I should eat 4 eggs every day instead of the usual 1-2.

Of course that will get boring, so I’ll be sure to add tons of bacon some days, sausages, other days etc. 🙂

Mark Cruden
Mark Cruden
4 years 3 months ago

Oh boy… my eleven-year-old son heard this on TV (lesson: get rid of said TV) and now I’m fighting with him to eat his eggs every morning.

Gabby
Gabby
4 years 3 months ago

Too bad kids don’t hear the headlines about how bad sugar is!

Gina
4 years 3 months ago

Or “see” the harmful way sugar is harvested (here on Maui anyway!) It is a horror to wake with the smell of burning cane and see the sun obstructed by smoke (day after day, year in and year out).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatniu/4633965061/

MarkA
MarkA
4 years 3 months ago

Just show him a picture of Mark Sisson and tell him this is what “old men” who eat a lot of eggs look like.

Tess23
Tess23
4 years 3 months ago

Ha ha! I love that!

apfrancis
apfrancis
4 years 3 months ago

+1!

Cris
Cris
4 years 3 months ago

i am 53yo mail, i consume an average of 5 eggs a day for the last 2 years. 3 raw eggs in the morning ang 2 fried eggs with dinner.
My bp is 120/80, i have high hdl count and low ldl count. And i am 5’6″ 146 lbs.
Now, i can’t understand how eggs can be bad for me.

Lazerguppie
Lazerguppie
4 years 3 months ago

Use this as a teachable moment on junk science and critical thinking. That’s what I do when my boys and I are watching the news and studies make the news. We break down what they are saying in the report and talk about why it’s right or wrong.

Melody
4 years 3 months ago

I am constantly arguing with my parents about this. They are convinced 150% that eggs are BAD for them because of the cholesterol in the yolks. That they add the english muffin, the jelly, margarine, and “bad” bacon (you know, the pre-cooked microwave-ready sh^&) doesn’t help!
I love eggs on my bison-burgers with nutbutter. WOAH, awesome.

anne
anne
4 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the information. There have been so many egg scares in the UK i just ignored it and continued to have my 2 eggs for breakfast. However it is always good to see the rational arguement for when some well meaning person comments on my eating habits.
Annoys me that as usual they are slagging off and probably putting off a lot of people from eating a natural product rather than all the processed, man made food with chemical additives .

Jodie
Jodie
4 years 3 months ago

I used to have sugar for breakfast daily in the form of various cold breakfast cereals — you know “a delicious part of a healthy breakfast.” Since I gave up the garbage I have been eating delicious eggs cooked in coconut oil and butter for breakfast. I have never felt better or more energized in my life. I have also lost 8 pounds and completely gotten off the ADD medication I had been on for years. Don’t anybody try to take away my eggs!

Nicole
Nicole
4 years 3 months ago

I love reading about people no longer needing their medication! Good for you!

Paul
Paul
4 years 3 months ago

Out of curiosity, have you had your total cholesterol checked since you made this change to your diet? I made a similar change and my cholesterol went from the 180’s to 417. Just curious if other people have experienced this increase, too. (And congrats on getting off of your ADD medication…that’s huge!)

Cindy
Cindy
4 years 3 months ago

I don’t have my actual numbers in front of me, but all of my blood markers have improved from eating primally, including cholesterol. I’m in my 4th month of pregnancy and when my blood results came back a month ago, my midwife said she’d never seen numbers so good. I eat eggs most mornings, include them in many recipes, and definitely get more cholesterol and saturated fat than I did when I ate SAD.

Everyone’s body is different, but I’d try and give it a bit of time to see if you even out a bit.

Joe
Joe
4 years 3 months ago

180 to 417 sounds like a steep increase. Would you care sharing specific numbers including HDL LDL Tryglcyerides and Cholesterol Ratio (Total Cholesterol Divided by HDL). Also were you cholesterol tests close enough to show that the eggs had a direct causation.

Annakay
Annakay
4 years 3 months ago
My husband and I have been seriously primal for about three months now and, as he is type 2 diabetic, he went for his diabetic assessment a couple of weeks ago. His doctor and diabetic nurse were delighted with the fact that he had lost weight and his cholesterol and blood sugar levels were within normal levels. They said that whatever he was doing he was doing it right and to keep on doing it. Of course he told them about MDA. Here’s hoping that they log on and learn something. My Husband is 70 years old and says that… Read more »
Annakay
Annakay
4 years 3 months ago

I forgot to say that we have at least 2 eggs per day.

Kare
Kare
4 years 3 months ago

Have your thyroid level checked: TSH, free t4 and t3 (this is the one that can mess up the LDL).

Colleen
Colleen
4 years 3 months ago

Oh, yeah. My cholesterol numbers were “bad” before I started on thyroid medicine (high total and LDL and low HDL) but it took me awhile to realize the improvements were due to the thyroid medicine, not any diet changes (this was early in my health improvement seeking). I am now just under 200 for total and my LDL looks high but I had the test to look at how fluffy or dense my LDL was and it was very fluffy (after serious Paleo for 6 months) so I have no worries.

Mo
Mo
4 years 3 months ago
My numbers also went up, but I asked my Dr. for copies of my last 4 years of blood test results. What’s interesting is that even though my Total Cholesterol is up (from about 220 to 280) my ratios of HDL:Total is up from 0.19 to 0.21 (over 0.24 is ideal) and my Triglicerides:HDL is down from 3.4 to 1.74 (less than 2 is ideal). I have 2 eggs for breakfast every day, I only have full fat dairy (mostly yogurt). My weight is down about 10 lbs and my body fat is less than 16%. Here’s a good link… Read more »
Cheritino
4 years 3 months ago
The simple and easiest way to lower cholesterol is with tincture of Cayenne. Take a wide mouth fruit jar fill it a quarter full with 300,000 Scoville units of cayenne pepper. Fill it with 100 proof Vodka and seal it. Start this on a new moon and end it on a new moon. A Scoville unit is one glass of water. To cool your mouth from the cayenne pepper I am recommending would take 300,000 glasses of water. But a glass of milk can do the same thing. Or you can take a drink of Vodka, Tequila, Whiskey, or Bourbon… Read more »
raydawg
raydawg
4 years 3 months ago

@Cheritino who didn’t have a reply button on their post – that sounds quite “woo” to me. Why start it on a new moon? Does the phase of the moon affect some quality of cayenne we don’t know about? I’m all for booze and hot pepper, but this sounds like BS to me.

jess
jess
4 years 3 months ago
My husband had the exact same thing happen to him (180 to 350). He’s a doctor, by the way, and still isn’t sure what to make of it. He says he’s in uncharted territory. He says he feels better than ever and is very thin at 6’0 and 160 lbs. He has chosen to focus on his trig’s (50) and his HDL (around 75). This gives an extremely low trig/hdl ratio – which many believe is the best predictor of cardiovascular disease. Also he did a detailed work-up to to check the size of his LDL particles (small very bad/… Read more »
Dana
Dana
4 years 3 months ago

I would never get on a statin. I don’t have familial hypercholesterolemia and even if I did, it’s funny but all I ever hear about those people is that they are “at greater risk” for heart attack, not that they demonstrably have more of them.

And really, there’s no other reason to get on a statin. Every cell in my body makes cholesterol. If it were going to kill me it’d have done it by now.

SarahW
SarahW
4 years 3 months ago
I think Nina Plack in her book “Real Food” mentions that cholesterol numbers is not a sign of plaque build up, necessarily. Blood cholesterol is necessary to repair veins and keep them healthy, and so a high number on a healthy diet might mean that the veins are being repaired, whereas a high number on an unhealthy diet means that your body isn’t able to repair itself fast enough, or that the cholesterol your body is producing isn’t effective. I don’t have the book anymore, so I can’t look it up again, sorry. But that’s what I seem to remember.… Read more »
Sofie
Sofie
4 years 3 months ago

That’s what I thought too.

Stacey
Stacey
4 years 3 months ago
You and my son are proof that ADD and ADHD are probably due to grain/food sensativities. He was really sick with severe diarhea and blood in his stools and one of the things the doctor mentioned was Celiac. We had a wait before we could see the specialist and decided to “treat” him for Celiac and removed all grains from his diet. Voila! In days he was feeling better and in 1 1/2 weeks he told me he could sit in class and focus. I am glad that we didn’t put him on the ADHD meds as was suggested. For… Read more »
Paul
Paul
4 years 3 months ago

The pressure to publish and make money seems to be outweighing the pressure to do honest research. Besides, there are all kinds of ways to statistically “control” for variables. I took stats, and the whole process seemed a little fishy and could seemingly be used to show results when in fact none exist.

Decaf Debi
4 years 3 months ago

I’d like to simply blame the media for such sensationalized reporting, but sadly, it’s the “scientists” who should know how science actually works and write their study results with more accountability and less guesswork on causality.

Mark Cruden
Mark Cruden
4 years 3 months ago

Why don’t we call it a tie and give them both the award? Wait… make that a three-way-tie and give it to the people who believe everything they hear or read. 🙂

Ned
Ned
4 years 3 months ago

Looks like the “High Saturated Fat, low Starch” study is still available in full: http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(11)62710-9/fulltext

2 to 4 eggs per day! I like it.

shadia
shadia
4 years 3 months ago

I’m a doctor and this stuff pisses me off. (Although not too much because I’m trying to reduce stress levels). The authors never address the fact that the non-egg eaters actually got strokes several years earlier than the egg eaters.

Loved the line about horrifying co-workers with a bag of hard boiled eggs…such a bag is sitting on my desk at the moment!

ravi
4 years 3 months ago

… i’m calling the AMA as i write this – Dr., please type in your full name and address….. 😉

oxide
oxide
4 years 3 months ago

Great point. The headline could have read “Eggs yolks prevent strokes,” with the same amount of data to back it up.

I guess the two worst words in the medical profession are “prevent” and “cure.” No money in either.

Drumroll
Drumroll
4 years 3 months ago

Data can be skewed to basically show anything we want it to.

This is why critical thinking is so important. It’s not about what the study finds as much as it is about “does this make sense given the way the study was conducted?”

Dana
Dana
4 years 3 months ago
Same with the myth that Asian people are always healthy because they eat less animal than we do. First off, they’re not always healthy. Second off, when given a choice, they will always eat animal (unless deliberately following a vegetarian diet), even if it’s from the sea. Third off, they may not have the heart attack rates Americans do (and I’m talking Asians in Asia here), but their stroke rate, particularly in China, puts us to… shame? Probably not a good term for it. I’ve lost three grandparents to strokes. I’d rather have the heart attack. At least if I… Read more »
MarkA
MarkA
4 years 3 months ago

I’ve been trying to eat more pastured eggs from local sources (usually bought at farmers markets), but they are fairly pricey. Just curious as to what others are paying for pastured eggs around the country. $6-7/dozen is not uncommon here (Denver).

LW
LW
4 years 3 months ago

Brutal! We are really lucky here…I get them delivered to my front porch every Tuesday for $3. Some kids in the next town over (we are fairly rural) started a little business. Their poor mom drives them all over for deliveries, but talk about instilling a good work ethic early on!!

Amber
Amber
4 years 3 months ago

I can get them in Madison, WI area from farms for about $2-$3/dozen (and of course way more at a grocery store). But I usually have my dad deliver me 12 dozen from farms near him in north-central WI and then they are only $1.25/dozen. (I know, I am spoiled!)

Marie
Marie
4 years 3 months ago

I’m from Milwuakee, WI and I get them at farmers markets for $2-3/dozen or a woman at work who’s husband is a farmer brings me a dozen for $1.50

JD
JD
4 years 3 months ago

@Marie – I am in the Milwaukee area as well. Went primal about 2 months ago and I am loving it! Hardest part is finding quality food at a decent price. Would love some tips!

BonzoGal
BonzoGal
4 years 3 months ago

$8 a dozen! But man oh man, are they delicious. I didn’t much like eggs before, but now I crave them. These eggs have beautiful, dark-orange yolks and taste wonderfully rich.

LW
LW
4 years 3 months ago

Sorry, $3/doz

Alice
Alice
4 years 3 months ago

I pay $6-7 too in Ohio, but the eggs I get are certified humane and pastured and I am willing to pay for that. I used to be sensitive to eggs…they would upset my stomach. Now that I eat pastured eggs I’m fine with them. I really think it has a lot to do with what the hens eat and also how they are treated (low stress for them is good too!).

Tom
4 years 3 months ago

“Certified humane.” I don’t take someone else’s word – I met the hens instead! 🙂

$6 for a dozen – ouch! I’m near Cleveland, (Strongsville) and buy $3/doz.

MarkA
MarkA
4 years 3 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2LBICPEK6w

Just a little humor from Fred Armison for those who don’t mind a little poke in the ribs.

Josh
Josh
4 years 3 months ago

If you’re near Cleveland, I know of a couple small farms (houses with a fence and chickens running around the yard) on the west side that sell them for $2-2.50 a dozen.

Tom Grande
Tom Grande
4 years 3 months ago

Hi Josh,

I travel up to the near west side of Cleveland every so often (near W. 25th by the West Side Market). Could you share some of the locations of the small farms that have eggs for sale? (Price is less a concern than the real McCoy eggs from free range chickens). Thanks in advance for any info you may have on this.
Sincerely,
Tom

Tobias
Tobias
4 years 3 months ago

I had the same problem with egg sensitivity in the past but ever since I have switched to a grain reduced diet (I cheat every now and then) and pastured eggs the problem no longer exists!

Cheritino
4 years 3 months ago
If you pay more than $2.00 a dozen for any type of egg you really are getting ripped off. There is no difference between a brown egg and a white egg. It costs the farmer less to range feed hens than it does to have them eat from a hanging feeder. But the Sheeple will pay any price the Butcher wants to charge. Eggs and Bacon is good for you but you have to watch where you buy those things. The stores right now are really ripping people off, by putting Gluten in hamburger and other chemicals we don’t know… Read more »
Charlene
Charlene
4 years 3 months ago
Hmmmm, in Denver and I have 60 hens fed on soy-free corn-free organic feed. They also pasture but my hens eat .25 lbs of grain/day. .54/pound, I sell the eggs for $4/dozen. I barely break even and supply my kiddos with healthy eggs weekly. Plus I deliver, agggghhhh the gas, the time. But my customers LOVE them and know we love our chickens and watch what they eat. Remember when you do the math, chickens lay six eggs a week (they sabbath) and we raised them from day-olds, they didn’t start laying until 6 months old, then another 2 months… Read more »
MissJenn
MissJenn
4 years 3 months ago

Hmmm I think there may be something to what you said! I, too, am egg sensitive so much that I consider myself to have an egg intolerance (I can eat MAYBE 1 egg a week). Perhaps we need to invest in pasture raised. I love eggs so much!

Julie
4 years 3 months ago

I get my eggs from Grant Family Farms’ CSA. Ebert Farms also has eggs you can get weekly. Both are about $4.50/dozen. For Grant Farms you have to sign up for a season. Ebert you can do by week. You can do both through Farmigo.com.

MarkA
MarkA
4 years 3 months ago

Thanks Julie! I just talked to the folks at Grant Family Farms this weekend at the Denver County Fair. I’m very impressed with their operation and their meats and produce (several area restaurants use them as a source), but the whole CSA thing has always been a little daunting. If they have a service for just eggs, that would be great. I’ll also check out farmigo.com

Sasha
Sasha
4 years 3 months ago

I just signed up for eggs through the Grant Farms CSA (live in Longmont), but I really don’t understand why the yolks have so little color to them if these chickens are outside eating grass and bugs. i have to say I am a bit disappointed. Maybe I was just spoiled by the eggs I used to get (from a friend who just moved away, boo)

Nan
Nan
4 years 3 months ago

I get mine for $3/doz from some backyard hobbyists. The chickens have a nice pen and roam around the yard eating grass and bugs during the day. Their scratchings are supplemented with organic feed. I probably use a gallon of gas driving to their house to get them, but I buy 3 or 4 dozen at a time.

Nan
Nan
4 years 3 months ago

Oops, forgot to mention that I’m in suburbs outside of Boston.

Brad
Brad
4 years 3 months ago

Here in North Texas, the going rate is $5 / doz at the farmer’s markets. At Whole Foods, I can buy Jeremiah Cunningham’s pastured soy free eggs for $6.50 / doz and Vital Farms pastured eggs for $6 / doz.

Mike
Mike
4 years 3 months ago

i’m from the DFW area and I get mine from Goose Lake Ranch in Farmersville, TX. Price is $4.00 for 18 so 1 dozen would be $2.66. They welcome visitors and you get to see the operation first hand. They are truly pasture raised chickens and have tons of space to roam. They also have a several tyoes of chickens and some of them lay green eggs! (Just the shell not the yolk) Definately worth checking out and the taste and price make the drive worth while.

Katie B
4 years 3 months ago

I’m in North Texas and I get my pastured eggs from Circle N Dairy in Gainsville for $3.50/dozen. I buy 3 dz at a time when I get my raw milk and cream. 🙂

Anke
Anke
4 years 3 months ago

$4 in Ohio for pastured eggs.

marilyn zorn
marilyn zorn
4 years 3 months ago

I get my eggs from the local Amish woman and pay $1.90 a dozen. Her chickens free range and the yolks are a nice deep yellow. very tasty.

shara
shara
4 years 3 months ago

$7/dozen for pastured eggs in Santa Cruz, CA. Worth every penny.

Marie
Marie
4 years 3 months ago
Oh my…here in NY in the country we pay like $2-$3 a doz for farm eggs. I in fact have 4 duks and eat the eggs every single day – cept in Fall & winter they stop. Get you a couple of female duks who will lay 2 eggs a day. EASY to have. Duks are very hardy and even stay outside in the worst weather. They won’t go in their coop in winter. They seem to love the snow and cold. Let em graze in spring,summer & fall. Make sure you give em layers mash with the cracked corn.… Read more »
Marie
Marie
4 years 3 months ago

Forgot to say that duks and chickens need grit/tiny gravel to digest their food and oyster shell for calcium or the shells will be weak and soft. Cheap.
Oh, and in the hot summer duks will shed their feathers and you will get beautiful feathers to give away. I like the big white Pekin duks – they “talk” a
lot and are SO funny. Don’t overcook the whites or they get rubbery. Best way is to poach em…yummy!

Marie
Marie
4 years 3 months ago
I go to sleep early and so i don’t collect the eggs in the real early morning hrs -sometimes a possum eats them…so i’ve been leaving scraps of food and a STORE egg on the porch for the possum – he eats there every nite,but he STILL eats the duk eggs! He must be very fat! I just hope it’s not a female cuz if i get more i will have to catch and release FAR away. I sometimes see him eating with the cats outa the dry food bowl too….AND now he learned how to go in the cellar,… Read more »
Ware
4 years 3 months ago

Here in the Twin Cities, they run $3-5, depending on size, at both the market and the grocery store.

Aaron
Aaron
4 years 3 months ago

Houston Texas 3-5 $/dz depending on the size.

Shawnette
Shawnette
4 years 3 months ago

I have my own chickens and they are low maintenance and the eggs are yummy. I have had them for two years now, bought them for $5 each and now pay $15 a bag for food that lasts about a month. I think it is a good investment 🙂

Heather
Heather
4 years 3 months ago
I have my own chooks as well. We are rural, and they free range with alpacas to protect them from foxes. We have one that gets into the garden each day and taps on the front door for the scoop of scratch mix I give them a day in addition to their pellets, and whatever bugs and grass they eat. In Australia it is ok to have chooks in the ‘burbs, but some councils don’t allow roosters for their antisocial crowing, so why not consider raising a few chooks. They are easy, rewarding and they reward you with delicious eggs.… Read more »
kimberley
kimberley
4 years 3 months ago

I now have my own flock to but they are only 20 weeks old. Should start producing in the next few weeks. My grandparents ate eggs, pork, real butter and cream every morning for breakfast and lived into their 90s. I eat 2 eggs every morning.

Mark
Mark
4 years 3 months ago
I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and pay $6.00 for pasture raised eggs. The farmer supplements the hens diet with organic feed containing soy and corn. I pay $7.00 for all organic, pastured eggs that also get supplemental feed that only contains organic greens and fish meal. Also, I occasionally buy “ethical eggs” at Whole Foods that are from pastured hens and they run $6.00. Sounds like that is the going rate, and I don’t mind paying it. I am now raising chickens for eggs in my backyard and expect that after factoring in all the costs of building the… Read more »
SweetCin
SweetCin
4 years 3 months ago

I have a farmer friend who sells me her free range chicken eggs for $1 a dozen. She also has duck eggs that she gives me for free. I can tell that they are healthy chickens; the eggs are a nice rich orange color, much darker then the Meijer organic eggs that I buy occasionally for back up. I eat four whole eggs a day fried in ghee and I am a lean 23 year old female. OMG the fat is making me so fat! lol

Lazerguppie
Lazerguppie
4 years 3 months ago

I’m in TX, and a friend of mine sells pastured eggs for $3.50 a doz.

Lynna
Lynna
4 years 3 months ago

I pay about $3.50/dz at a Mennonite farm store, that is actually on the farm where the chickens are kept.

Ted
4 years 3 months ago

Each Wednesday I pickup 3 dozen eggs with my raw goat milk from my local health food store (their role is purely as facilitator). I pay $3 per dozen for the eggs and $35 a month for a gallon of milk per week (after my initial share purchase on the herd of goats).

Mandy
Mandy
4 years 3 months ago

count yourselves lucky at paying $6 for a dozen eggs! I have seen organic, free-range eggs here in Melbourne, Australia for $20/dozen! I, luckily, have found some for around $9.50/doz. Still worth it for me, even though we eat around 3 dozen eggs a week (family of 3).

Kare
Kare
4 years 3 months ago

People pay $3 to $4 a dozen here in rural California.

Alexis
Alexis
4 years 3 months ago
We can get local eggs that get some feed (probably GM corn and soy) for about 3-$4 and I can get eggs that get no corn or soy and if so its organic for 5-$7 a dozen depending on the place. I live in MD. It is steep but you gotta do what you gotta do. I just watched a video on Dr. Mercolas website of an interview with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm and Dr. Mercola said that people used to spend about 35% of their income on food and now they only spend 10%. I honestly think we… Read more »
mallory
mallory
4 years 3 months ago

i live in MD too and pay 350-4 for pastured eggs

Pamsc
4 years 3 months ago

$3.25 to $4

mars
mars
4 years 3 months ago

Thanks for addressing this Mark!!

We pay $6-7 here in the bay area

Sarah
Sarah
4 years 3 months ago

I get soy/corn free pastured chicken eggs for 3.50 a dozen in Vegas.
Ever crack a store bought egg and comapare the yolks with that of a pastured TRUE free range chicken—amazing the color difference in the yolks!

Drumroll
Drumroll
4 years 3 months ago

I pay about $4.50 – $5.00 depending on the vendor selling the eggs. One of the vendors told me he just got a bunch of young hens to replace the old ones. He said they produce smaller eggs, so until they get bigger, he will be reducing his price from $5,00 a dozen to $4.00. I’ll take it!

Charlayna
4 years 3 months ago

In Homer, Alaska, I was paying ~$9 for an 18 pack of pastured chicken eggs, and ~$6 for a dozen pastured duck eggs. Here in Cordova, Alaska, I can only get store-bought ones, so I went for the Omega-3 enriched 18 pack and it was ~$7.50 (if I remember correctly).

Pierce
Pierce
4 years 3 months ago

In Baltimore I can get them at farmers markets for $4-$4.50 but more like $6 at stores. One problem I’ve noticed at farmers markers is I occasionally get fertilized eggs… one or two in a dozen may be bloody and this can be a huge buzz kill as the fourth egg in a pan at 7 am on a Monday. Anyone know how to avoid this? Pretty sure properly handled eggs from “coed” farms shouldn’t have this problem .

Echo
4 years 3 months ago
The red spots in occasional eggs are called “meat spots” or “inclusions” and there’s no connection between meat spots and whether or not the egg is fertilized. Some individual hens are more prone to them, and they crop up when a hen has been stressed (even something like a barking dog or a hawk flying over can stress them out), but it has nothing to do with whether there’s a rooster about. The way to avoid it – and many other ways that eggs can be gross – is to always crack your eggs into a small bowl one at… Read more »
Sabrina
Sabrina
4 years 3 months ago

I get them for $5 a dozen, here in Atlanta.

DUBS
DUBS
4 years 3 months ago

…in other news, the interweb is now available in other countries outside whatever country Denver is in.

Amber
Amber
4 years 3 months ago

$3-$4 mostly here in northern california (sonoma county), but on occasion you can find them as low as $2.50.

Cojomami
Cojomami
3 years 3 months ago

I pay the lady with the wandering hens and guineas $3 a dozen in TX. 🙂

LW
LW
4 years 3 months ago

Its amazing the conclusions people come to, and how most just assume its all sound information! This goes right along with the lecture by Denise Minger I watched the other day (not sure if it was from last years AHS or this years) titled How To Win an Argument with a Vegetarian. Heaven forbid it be all the junk food people eat, it MUST be the fat, red meat, and now apparently egg yolks. Oh well, more for me.

ravi
4 years 3 months ago

i’ve learned my lesson – like the end of the movie “War Games” – the way to win an argument with a vegetarian is not to start one (with all due respect and admiration for Denise..)

LW
LW
4 years 3 months ago

I totally agree…I’m starting to learn to keep my mouth shut. The latest thing that cracked me up was someone telling me how she’d been reading stuff from McDougall and the starch solution, and how it ‘just makes sense’. I just nodded and ate my chicken grape curry salad, and watched her eat pepperoni pizza. She’s obviously REALLY into the starch solution.

John D. Pilla
John D. Pilla
4 years 3 months ago

Along with this, the book, “The Great Cholesterol Con” by Malcolm Kendrick (UK), is a great read. He methodically goes through ALL of the studies, at least those that are available and not kept hidden by the big pharma statin companies and debunks ALL of their arguments, methodically, one by one. The biggest cause of plaque build-up? (according to his conclusions) STRESS! One of the cofounders IGNORED in this so called study…

Brandon
4 years 3 months ago

Oh sh!t! I eat four eggs/day for breakfast, not just per week. I guess according to them I will be dead in……..

ravi
4 years 3 months ago

1989.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 3 months ago

I like me my Sunday morning cigar with coffee.

Kare
Kare
4 years 3 months ago

and eggs?

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 3 months ago

eggs and bacon first.

Duck bacon is amazing!

duende
duende
4 years 3 months ago

The full article you reference is still on the Mayo Clinic site. http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(11)62710-9/fulltext

They may have changed the URL from what you had bookmarked.

Thanks very much for tackling this subject, today. I saw the headline this morning (while eating my eggs) and hoped you’d have something to say. The fear-mongering aspect of the article is really disheartening.

mars
mars
4 years 3 months ago

Thanks for addressing this Mark!!

Ben
Ben
4 years 3 months ago

Wow… this study has so many flaws. What a debacle.

Katie
Katie
4 years 3 months ago

Enjoyed reading this while enjoying my breakfast: coffee with heavy cream, hard boiled egg, whole milk yogurt. (read: Not phased but bad research)

Donna
Donna
4 years 3 months ago
That’s my breakfast, too! But I usually soft-boil or easyover the egg and put blueberries and coconut oil in my yogurt, which I make from grass-fed whole milk. I started paleo/primal in April and within a month had healed the soft tissue damage that had persisted for almost four years from being hit by a truck while on my bike (he went through a stop sign). At last I am free of chronic pain, can exercise vigorously, and even ride my bike again! Alleluia! And my doctor literally jumped up and down with excitement when she heard about it. And… Read more »
Leaf Eating Carnivore
Leaf Eating Carnivore
4 years 3 months ago

Wow…Let’s try and clone your Doc! Or at least try to get her involved with the low-carb/Paleo/Primal universe…

Finnegans Wake
Finnegans Wake
4 years 3 months ago

Nutritional “science,” in brief.

1. Begin with conclusion. “Eggs are bad.”
2. Rationalizae with flimsy correlational study.
3. Publish.
4. Chuckle as media froth over conclusions like rats on crack.

Nicole
Nicole
4 years 3 months ago

“…Like rats on crack.” What an image!

BillP
BillP
4 years 3 months ago

“…like rats on crack.”

+1

Donna
Donna
4 years 3 months ago

Rats prefer sugar to cocaine, so “rats on sugar!”

cantare
cantare
4 years 3 months ago

You know, I like a good exposé of sinister moneyed interests concealing inconvenient truths as well as anybody…but I found the full text of that Mayo Clinic study (“Effect of a high-saturated fat and no-starch diet on serum lipid subfractions…”) in about 30 seconds of Googling:

http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196%2811%2962710-9/fulltext

PDF format also available.

charles grashow
charles grashow
4 years 3 months ago
BigSwifty
BigSwifty
4 years 3 months ago

More for me!

Kat
Kat
4 years 3 months ago

What a crock o’ crap. I’m very fortunate to have a doc who says “Heard of Paleo? Eat that way” LOL. I was already on the wagon but it nudged hubby to hop aboard. We eat lots of pastured eggs and our blood lipids are fabulous. Gotta love these so called “scientific studies”. It’s just like presenting numbers, you can adjust them to tell just about any story you want to tell at the time.

lisa
4 years 3 months ago

Kat – where are you!!!!! I am jealous

Leaf Eating Carnivore
Leaf Eating Carnivore
4 years 3 months ago

And another smart M.D. Wish I had one up here in Alaska (hint, hint!)

Laura
Laura
4 years 3 months ago

I saw this on the news a couple days ago. It’s crazy how now-a-days they try to make something like eggs unhealthy but they are still saying eat this is has 50% less salt. There is Salt still in it isn’t their? Eggs are still going to be healthy, get over it. Sheesh

Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
4 years 3 months ago

Ok…excellent breakdown on how the egg eaters and smokers were also the same sort of people who ignore all health recommendations like regular exercise and also eating a ton of junk food. Correlation is not causation and all that. It’s the same way “they” demonize red meat and saturated fat.

Now what about folks that eat healthy, exercise regularly and who also smoke?

I’d sure like to see an honest study done on that.

Don
Don
4 years 3 months ago

You describe me (65 yo) to a “T” – and all of my health markers (HDL, BP, Blood Sugar, etc.) are excellent. I’ve smoked a pack a day for 45 years and I can run circles around men half my age – I regularly play an hour’s worth of basketball with the 30-40 something crownd and never fall behind. Smoking is nothing for your health compared to diet – primal, low-carb, or some variation thereof is the only way (and that includes lots of egg yolks, raw and lightly cooked).
Cheers,
Don

Marie
Marie
4 years 3 months ago

Ole man next door to me is 76, eats eggs, bacon or sausage every single morning for breakfast. Eats hamburger or other meat for supper with soup – AND
smokes a pack a day or more of ciggs -he’s healthier than me – works outside all the time., and in 12 yrs i’ve been here i’ve never seen him sick with a cold! He eats very little carbs/starch.
He just eats simply. He inhales too! I give him my goose eggs cuz he loves em.,
and they are big and beautiful that i feel guilty eating them so i give em away.

PJ
PJ
4 years 3 months ago

I’m high-fivin’ you right now! Though I would never recommend that someone start smoking, I am so tired of the righteous non-smokers that drink soda, eat crap, take their meds and tell me that it’s the smoking that kills.

Leaf Eating Carnivore
Leaf Eating Carnivore
4 years 3 months ago

I don’t recommend eating crap, AND I don’t recommend smoking, either – some people get away with it, and most don’t. Smoking and healthycrapfood killed my parents, smoking killed my older brother, and is presently killing my younger brother, and will kill my sister. Me? I am damaged from 7 years of puffing, and I’m sure I shortened my life, before I got smart enough to quit.

Smoking remains the stupidist thing I ever chose to do.

idiotgear
idiotgear
4 years 3 months ago

Doesn’t make sense how 1 yolk extra a week would do that much damage. sounds like Bro science than any real testing.

Cherice
Cherice
4 years 3 months ago

Sigh. I wish I wasn’t allergic to eggs so I could indulge in their delicious, creamy gold goodness. All the rest of you are SO lucky!

Chad
Chad
4 years 3 months ago

Great info! I shall continue eating a dozen eggs a day, coddled eggs that is. The health benefits seem to be nothing less than astonishing!

Marie
Marie
4 years 3 months ago

What are coddled eggs? How do you make them?

Ken Reitzig
Ken Reitzig
4 years 3 months ago
I remember my mother having a set of egg coddlers when I was a kid, but I pulled the wiki explanation for ya. 🙂 There are two methods of coddling eggs. The first is to cook the egg in its shell, by immersing it in near-boiling water. This can be done either in a pan where the water is kept below boiling point, or by pouring boiling water over the egg and letting it stand for 10 minutes. The second method is to use an egg coddler, porcelain cup or ramekin with a lid used similarly to a bain-marie. The… Read more »
DJ
DJ
4 years 3 months ago
I collect egg coddlers! Particularly those made by Royal Worcester (check on eBay). They are beautiful!!! You butter the coddler, line it with thin strips of ham (I use Canadian bacon), crack open one or two eggs into the coddler (depending on what size coddler you have, add some grated cheddar cheese if you’d like, screw on the top and place the coddler in a pan of water so that the water level comes up about 2/3 of the way, and then boil for 8 to 10 minutes depending on how you like your eggs. Remove from the pan of… Read more »
mars
mars
4 years 3 months ago

“serve them right in the coddler with a piece of toast”

Or forgo the toast for more bacon 🙂

mars
mars
4 years 3 months ago

A dozen per day? Is that a typo?

Amanda
Amanda
4 years 3 months ago

Nope. A lot of people I know in real life that are seriously body builders can eat 12-16 eggs in a single day. If only my stomach could hold that much!

Cindy
4 years 3 months ago

I saw the original article this morning and was not to happy about it. At least they did report the number of participants (TOO FEW TO MATTER) and the methodology (A JOKE). I get really tired of media reporting on studies that have no credibility. I really get upset when they don’t let you know what the source of the information is or they give you a source that does not appear to actually exist.

Danielle
Danielle
4 years 3 months ago

If you’re interested in owning chickens, check with your city/county/HOA to see if they’re permitted. We just got four adult laying hens (Bovan Browns) from an organic-certified farm at $12 each. They free range in the back yard, have a coop for roosting & laying, and we have total control over what goodness goes into the egg-making.

Betorq
4 years 3 months ago

I hear ya on buying & housing them hens… Will do this once asap I resettle back in Calif. Thanks Cindy!

Betorq
4 years 3 months ago

I hear ya on buying & housing them hens… Will do this asap I resettle back in Calif. Thanks Cindy!

Betorq
4 years 3 months ago

I hear ya on buying & housing them hens… Will do this asap when I resettle back in Calif in Oct/Nov. Thanks Cindy!

Fred
Fred
4 years 3 months ago

OK, OK, we got it.

Imogen
4 years 3 months ago

Lol. 😀

Rene R
Rene R
4 years 3 months ago

SO fun to keep a few hens around. They will eat your healthy leftovers, provide you with golden yolked goodness, and yes, relax and entertain you too. It’s pretty easy to keep a few and many cities and suburbs do allow it.

Lazerguppie
Lazerguppie
4 years 3 months ago

They are also excellent control for grasshoppers, fireants, and scorpions!

Rex
Rex
4 years 3 months ago

And mice! Ever seen a chicken kill a mouse? Chickens like their protein too! Very sad death for the mouse, though. Death from a thousand pecks. It’s hillarious to watch a flock of hens chase the hen with the mouse in her beak. They all want a share.

Samantha Jacokes
Samantha Jacokes
4 years 3 months ago

Listened to this report on the radio this morning as I made husband a 2-egg (fresh from the farm) omelet. Guess I didn’t STRESS out too much about it! 🙂

I pretty much write off any of these “studies” that I hear about on the news, etc. They are going to be skewed the way they want them to be skewed.

kellet
kellet
4 years 3 months ago

Dang…wish I hadnt had those 2 overeasy with that 3/4# venison burger, sweet pepper and onion. Am I gonna die now?

The Hoppess
The Hoppess
4 years 3 months ago

Yep. You’re done for. Might as well call the funeral home now.

Totaldoug
Totaldoug
4 years 3 months ago

I’m lucky enough to have a number of hens who freely roam our 5 acreas of Norfolk, England eating whatever they please (which, by the way, includes killing and eating mice!). their eggs are completely natural, delicious and healthy – I won’t eat anything else and neither should anyone. Cheap, factory produced eggs have pale, watery yolks and no flavour is that a saving worth making?

BonzoGal
BonzoGal
4 years 3 months ago

Totally agree. I never used to understand why anyone liked eggs- they tasted like nothing to me, just bland rubbery blobs. Then I tried a pastured egg and what a difference!

Andy
Andy
4 years 3 months ago

Gross Eggs cooked in canola oil, come on Mark I was eating while reading this haha 😉

Ann Rosen Korman
4 years 3 months ago

I just posted this on my FB page last night. Isn’t it funny how the media loves to grab hold of these ancient ideas. To think that an egg yolk is unhealthy? Now people will go out and continue to eat the boxed/processed foods and think they are healthy. I always suggest eat food in its whole form as God created it. Makes sense to me. Why does the media continue to put out these ancient ideas?
Here is a good study I found:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199103283241306

BJML
BJML
4 years 3 months ago

I’ve started throwing raw (organic, pasture raised, washed) eggs in any shakes I make, heard that cooking decreases some of the eggy goodness.
I work at a hospital. Carry around a set of before and after lipids to show to docs, you should see their eyes when they ask what I did to get such fabulous results and I tell them bacon and eggs!
(Of course, I elaborate afterwards , but the initial reaction is such fun!)

Hurricane Kristin
Hurricane Kristin
4 years 3 months ago

It’s entries like this that make me fall in love with your blog all over again.

timmy
4 years 3 months ago

While I agree with some of the identified flaws in the study, the question begs: If we do not trust research done by authors with potential conflict of interest, then why do we accept interpretation of the literature by Mark Sisson, who surely has a conflict of interest in interpreting any research to do with “primal diets” potential adverse effects?

Don
Don
4 years 3 months ago

The point is not to trust any “study” without taking it apart. If you don’t have the skill set for that you will have to chose who to trust – and I will admit that Mark has products to sell and so has a financial stake, but to compare Mark’s personal interest to that of the pharmaceutical/food industry is nonsense. I chose Mark (but I also consult other bloggers/writers) over big food any day.

timmy
4 years 3 months ago
I agree Don, the problem is in who we decide to trust. Even the satisfaction of 100s of comments agreeing with your blog can be enough incentive to publicise false claims. I do not believe this is the case here, but you may find it interesting that Mark’s first main criticism of the study (that age may be the cause of the plaques) is false. In fact the authors did control for age in their analysis. I quote: “this difference was statistically significant after adjustment for age in a General Linear Model(p < 0.0001)." In the end this remains an… Read more »
Paul
Paul
4 years 3 months ago
Vince Gironda, old time bodybuiler and trainer advised natural (steroid free)bodybuilders to eat plenty of eggs-WITH YOLKS, and during some periods of “bulking” up without adding fat, he said to eat up to 36 eggs a day- especially fertile eggs. This was 3 or more decades ago. He believed that this was as anabolic as a mild does of “Dianobal”, an anabolic steroid. As it turns out, if you believe the new research, that fertile egg/s (YOLKS) are high in “follistatin” (THE ONLY FOOD WITH THIS), which reduces Myostatin. Myostatin is a muscle growth inhibitor (which we all have to… Read more »
alex
alex
4 years 3 months ago

We need better science journalism.
Sigh.

Burn
4 years 3 months ago

This is perfect. Thank you Mark.

Tomas
Tomas
4 years 3 months ago

From the comments it is clear you are preaching to the choir Mark but thanks for debunking yet another pseudo-study.

My opinion is that these scientists are doing a diservice to the world.

I eat eggs, pastured, almost everyday. Still my favourite Breakfast by far.

Alison Golden
4 years 3 months ago

I saw this and just ignored it. When we start hearing that white food is unhealthy in the same hysterical vein, (we won’t,) I’ll start listening.

Carol J
Carol J
4 years 3 months ago

This article/study reminds me of the ‘red meat is bad for you’ article/study. It’s the same story ‘demonized fat’ = bad for you… even though they aren’t attributing nor isolating any correlating factors. (I’m recalling in PB book about eating the fats along with high carbs may even be worse than just eating the carbs (am I recalling correctly?) – this HCHF diet is likely the ‘conventional’ diet of a 55-70 yr old stroke victim?! which effectively has nothing to do w/actual egg consumption)

cavejim42
cavejim42
4 years 3 months ago

Had 5 wonderful pastured egg yolks this morning with bacon. even the poorest student of lipidology knows that esterified (not absorbable) choleterol has no effect on unesterified (absorbable)choleterol levels and is mostly excreated. Medical community…FAIL

Cheryl
Cheryl
4 years 3 months ago

Thank you for this wonderful article! I had a delicious omelette with 2 pastured eggs this morning. I have one pretty much every single day!

Kris
4 years 3 months ago

Great article, Mark.

I also received a few e-mails about this study. Too bad the media seems to be going haywire over it and publishing all these hard-hitting headlines without even criticizing the flawed methodology and all the contrary evidence.

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 3 months ago

Thank you so much for this article! I was always a little concerned, but eat three eggs every day anyway. They’re delicious and I’ve never felt better since adopting the primal lifestyle.

Gil
Gil
4 years 3 months ago

After reading that article I immediately drove out to my local egg producer and smashed their entire yield screaming – “MURDERERS!”… Then I went home and had some fries and a diet coke.

gabby1
gabby1
4 years 3 months ago

Anyone know of any good yokes?

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