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An Egg a Day Keeps the Doctor … Wealthy

Written by PETA | November 3, 2010
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If you had the same reaction that I did (i.e., violent retching) when you heard about KFC’s hideously unhealthy Double Down (you know, the sandwich that replaced bread with fried chicken and forced you to think about all those globules of deadly gunk gumming up people’s blood vessels), get this: A single egg yolk contains vastly more cholesterol than an entire Double Down. As Dave Barry says, I am not making this up.

With heart disease being the number one killer of Americans, the cholesterol-bomb egg industry has resorted to ever-more-desperate “move along, nothing to see here” tactics to try to pass the blame, but a new report in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology calls them out on their bull … uh, chicken poop. The take-away? Eating just one whole egg per day can double your risk of coronary disease.

Looking to break the egg habit? It’s as easy as (eggless custard) pie—check out these tips and recipes!

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Santy says:

    Jadewarlock rightly mentioned it is important what part of egg you eat. Yolk contains cholesterol while egg white doesn’t. Egg white of free roaming chicken eggs is not unhealthy. Having said that I strongly support PETA campaign against KFC mainly for the painful and frightening treatment given to chickens through the entire process.

  • Karri says:

    I think this post is a >little< one sided. Eggs might not be the healthiest food, but it's certainly not the reason for health problems. If you eat only one egg each day, proper exercising will still keep you healthy. Now, THATS a fact no scientist has to confirm. @ " eggs are chicken periods - who'd want to eat them anyway?" Seriously? "Eggs are chickens"? That's the same thing as saying Sperm are babies. stupid. I'm not trying to support the egg industry, more like the opposite. I only buy eggs from a neighbor who has a small farm here in Norway. Her animals are pretty much wild running, and the farmer treats her animals really good. I just can't see what's wrong with eating those kinds of eggs.

  • Haaska Gharial Slzz!! says:

    Eggs = DEAD!! 😀

  • Jan says:

    I’ve seen nothing written about LDL versus HDL cholesterol. The cholesterol in eggs is HDL, which doesn’t raise a persons cholesterol very much. The idea that eggs raise cholesterol is outdated. The difference between LDL and HDL is LDL has a lot of saturated fat. HDL doesn’t.

  • Barelyb says:

    That picture makes be chuckle. That has to be the grossest picture of an egg frying (and what is that above it — a frying foreskin or something? LOL) I love eggs but that makes me never want to see another one! Oh, and btw, I don’t eat them any longer since I had a double bypass last year!

  • me says:

    free range eggs are better for you and the birds. hey dont beg to be free because they have the necassary freedom that they would would even recognize. they arent cooped up and abused. i do no agree wiht the mass killing of animals for food. but if we just one day let all the cows, pigs, a chickens go they owuldnt know wut to do its sad yes but that would just be like exterminating them. they no longer have the ability to “fend for themselves” as they have been domesticated for thousands of years. same goes for domestic cats and dogs. do all you vegans and vegi’s have pets? besides these animals are not n the endangered species list. lians and tigers and rhinos are. there are a couple thousand of them each and millions adn billions of chickens cows and pigs. not including the non free ranges ones.  eating these animals are keeping them from going extinct. interesitng thought eh.

    but i digress. i am a vegi but not a vegan but if I dont eat these animals it is not going to keep them from dying. and IF by some miracle all of humanity stopped eating animals of all kinds. they would die. so ya kinda a screwed up situation us humans have gotten ourselves into. and its not just going to stop over night. i love animals hence why i dont eat them but wut  have realized is that nothing is black and white. NOTHING!

  • janine6 says:

    I can understand PETA not wanting us too eat eggs because chickens are not treated very well, thats true. However saying eggs are not healthy is just wrong. The double down however very unhealthy and comparing an egg to that is just plain ridiculous.

  • Julianna says:

    I am a vegetarian and a strong supporter of PETA, but I’d be interested to know what PETA has to say about eggs from free-range roaming chickens farms. This is just out of curiosity – does PETA support this humane egg industry or does PETA strongly disapprove of it? Thanks 🙂 I’m also interested in what other people have to say 🙂

  • Jadewarlock says:

    The egg argument is a misnomer – it’s what PART of the egg you eat.

    Yes, eggs are high in cholesterol, which is why they say you should only have three a week if you’re healthy. Doctors DO NOT RECOMMEND eating them if you have high cholesterol. (Of course, this will not stop those who have a gluttony for higher fat foods, but that’s their choice.)

    Egg WHITES have no cholesterol – why? – it’s in the yolk so the embryos can have food while they’re developing into chicks. (Source: Science 101 in elementary school).

    Fact of the matter is, we have cholesterol in our bodies anyway – we produce it in our livers. (Source: Health in elementary school). And some people have higher amounts naturally – hence why the higher risk if you eat too much from food.

    It’s too much that causes the problem, and why moderation in any diet is important.

    Choosing not to eat them is a moral choice, some cases dietary. I personally eat them in moderation, and go for farm fresh ones if I can because then I don’t get poisoned from chemicals. (This means, I eat them very rarely).

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    My husband bought a dozen eggs on Sunday.  It’s Thursday, and the entire dozen is still in the fridge.  I know because I just checked.  The way eggs are eaten in this house we will have 8 eggs left by the time they reach expiration.  I think he wants to see how long it takes them to go bad….

  • Ivy says:

    re: Jackie. My “simple Google search” showed just the opposite. The prestigious Mayo Clinic reports this:.”Chicken eggs are high in cholesterol, and a diet high in cholesterol can contribute to high blood cholesterol levels.” Simple as that. Our body isn’t so good at “balancing” our cholesterol intake. The Mayo Institute warns that if we eat even 1 egg a day, we should limit other sources of cholesterol for the rest of that day.

  • Courtney says:

    If you clicked the link to actually read the referenced study you would have seen that it IS addressing dietary cholesterol. The article is saying the opposite of your above comment – the dietary cholesterol from one egg is over the daily recommended max of dietary cholesterol that people should consume in a day.

  • Tim says:

    That is crazy about the cholesterol being the same. Good thing I don’t eat eggs or chicken!

  • Christine says:

    Eggs are so gross and I hate that doctors are constantly pushing these cholesterol ridden chicken periods. Bravo to the Canadian Journal of Cardiology for shedding some light on this important issue. Want to be healthy? Go vegan!

  • Jimbo says:

    eggs are chicken periods – who’d want to eat them anyway?

  • Trish says:

    Us fine folks (PETA members), are concerned individuals who wish to ensure a positive, animal-free-killing environment for years to come. From your post, you obviously must support the egg industry. That’s fine, if you like abused birds crammed into cages, begging to be free. Everyone has their own opinion.

  • Jackie says:

    A simple Google search would show the fine folks at PETA, that the cholesterol in eggs, is not the same as the cholesterol in a KFC Double Down. The cholesterol in eggs is dietary cholesterol that is recognized by the body, meaning while a small amount of egg cholesterol may get into your  blood stream, because your body can process it, it means your body will balance out the cholesterol intake.

  • Charli Rodgers says:

    you need to display the facts correctly. yes eggs contain high amounts of cholesterol, however, there are 2 types of cholesterol and the human body does not absorb the cholesterol from eggs.