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7 Reasons Why EGGS Are Bad For Your Health.

Posted on November 04 2020

7 Reasons Why EGGS Are Bad For Your Health. | Roshni Sanghvi

How often do you hear your gym trainers and nutritionists asking you to consume eggs on a daily basis? How frequently do you indulge in eggy dishes thinking you are receiving adequate protein and pumping up your muscles?

Did you know by law the egg industry cannot use the word 'healthy' or 'nutritious' for advertisement?

See the below screenshot:

 

But what is so wrong with eggs? Let's explore below.

1) Egg's are very high in choline.

Choline is required by the body, in small quantities. However, eggs are a warehouse of choline. Excessive choline coming in from your diet is toxic, just like excessive amount of anything else. Instead of providing any benefit's, it hampers with the gut microbiome and is converted to TMA. Now TMA, in the liver is processed into a harmful compound, TMAO. TMAO, born from the abundant Choline present in eggs, is responsible for numerous ailments including:
  1. Reduced HDL (good cholesterol).
  2. Heart diseases.
  3. Foul body odour.

A single egg can have as much as 30% of your daily choline requirement. Couple this with a few servings of dairy and meat, and you are way over your maximum limit. 

2) Eggs are very high in cholesterol and saturated fat's.

One would have most frequently heard about the disadvantages of egg yolk. This is entirely true. It contains a high amount of cholesterol and unsaturated fats which do nothing but work against the well-being of your body.

On average, a fully grown human body requires 300mg of dietary cholesterol intake. Now, this intake will be met through different meals throughout the day. One single egg contains an equivalent amount of cholesterol that you need to consume per day. This is what excess cholesterol does to your blood vessels.

The plaque formed in the internal layers of your blood vessels prevents blood from flowing freely, leading to heart attacks and strokes. 

I know what you are thinking! Why do I always see ads and researches that only speak about how good eggs are for me? Well, this is because almost 60% of the research done on eggs is by people from the egg industry itself. They benefit from your purchase. 

Apart from this, dietary cholesterol is responsible for:

  1. Insulin resistance
  2. Diabetes
  3. Hypertension
  4. Chronic heart diseases

By consuming eggs, you are also taking in saturated fats which convert to cholesterol in the body. A fully grown human, on average, should not consume more than 4-5% calories of saturated fats. Only 1 or 2 eggs have that much, if not more. That being said, you will also receive plenty more from the other foods that you are going to consume during the rest of the day.

3) Eggs are 'not' the perfect protein's.

If anything, eggs contain bacteria like Salmonella makes it's consumption extremely dangerous. 

Eggs are one of the most bacteria-filled foods. Salmonella are toxic bacteria found in chicken intestines! >.< Let alone cooking, even cracking open an egg can expose you to toxin-filled bacteria. This can cause food poisoning and bacterial infections. It can also be fatal.

Albumin found in egg whites is responsible for several allergic reactions in the human system. Here are 10:

  1. Watery eyes that itch
  2. Hives
  3. Rashes
  4. Redness and swelling of the skin
  5. Stomach cramps
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Constipation
  8. Vomiting
  9. Asthma and coughing
  10. The weakening of the immune system


Now, coming to the concept of “perfect protein”. What is the perfect protein? It is that which contains  all of the 9 essential amino acids that are not produced in our body (only 11 out of 20 amino acids are produced in our body). But that's not true. Almost all foods (plant's included) have all the essential amino acids in double the quantity than required for the body. Take a look below:

Look at any plant based food above and you will see that even if you eat just one single type of vegetable or grain everyday, you still get your day's worth of essential amino acids. 

If there was one particular amino acid better than the others, it would probably be argenine. Arginine triggers the body’s fat burning mechanism, at rest, by triggering a hormone called AMPK.

Eggs, no doubt, are powerhouses of protein. However, apart from cholesterol, unsaturated fats, and bad albumin, avidin and bacteria they contain no other necessary micro-nutrients. Minerals, vitamins, carbs, fiber are all missing in eggs. For the mere absorption of proteins, carbs are very very essential. Our body is incapable of processing such high amounts of protein without carbohydrates. What’s more, proteins in quantities as large as in eggs are bad for the system. This range of concentration will only lead to the formation of tumours and cancerous, malignant cells.

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4) 
Eggs contain high level's of IGF-1 (Insulin like growth factor 1).

Our body may already contains dormant (inactive) cancer cells. However, with the introduction of IGF-1, these carcinogenic cells are activated. The growth of the cells is accelerated and soon, tumours are formed.

Bioavailability doesn’t always come with good news. Ovalbumin in eggs is NOT a perfect protein. It is only a harbinger of cancers and allergic reactions. The side effects are too much to compromise for the consumption of protein. One might as well choose healthier plant-based options for the consumption of proteins, such as these:

  1. Beans
  2. Pulses
  3. Lentils
  4. Soy
  5. Green leafy vegetables
  6. Chickpeas
  7. Tofu
  8. Edamame
  9. Quinoa
  10. Hemp Seeds

5) Prostate Cancer. 

You heard me right!! Merely 2.5 servings of eggs are sufficient to increase the risk for prostate cancer by up to 7 times! This is because the previously explained IGF-1 acts like fuel to fire. One egg has the same amount of unwanted elements as a Big Mac which deteriorates your health. Protein might be more but you are advancing towards the downfall of your well-being by inviting disease-producing factors as well!

Do not fret! Reversal is possible. First off, minimize the consumption of eggs or just ditch them completely! Next, incorporate a plant-based diet for procuring proteins along with numerous other micro-nutrients, fibres, and goodness to heal your body. Your immune system will start fixing itself.

6) Non- alcoholic liver disease.

Liver diseases are usually associated with the consumption of alcohol. However, NAFLD (Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) has been associated with the consumption of eggs. As little as 2-3 eggs per week can increase the risk of NAFLD. High levels of dietary cholesterol found in eggs (almost 300 mg as mentioned before), leads to :

  1. accumulation of hepatic free cholesterol  (responsible for several issues of the liver)
  2. hepatocyte apoptosis (liver cell death and chronic liver injury)
  3. liver fibrosis (formation of an abnormally large amount of scar tissue in the liver)

The risk and severity of the above conditions increase for those who consume eggs regularly. NAFLD is the most common cause of chronic liver diseases around the world. It is a metabolic syndrome which leads to further 9 conditions:

  1. simple steatosis (fat in the liver)
  2. non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) – fat build up in the liver (causes inflammation & scarring of the liver)
  3. fibrosis
  4. cirrhosis (liver failure)
  5. hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer)
  6. obesity
  7. insulin resistance
  8. hypertension (blood pressure above 140/90)
  9. dyslipidemia (elevated levels of cholesterol and fat in the blood)

Excess of animal cholesterol is directly related to the risks of inflammation and scarring of the liver tissue.

7) Depletion of Biotin.

Consumption of egg whites is as harmful as the consumption of the yolks. It is a misconception that consuming egg whites is safe and only the yolks are the bad boys. Avidin (a protein) present in egg whites, rubs off Biotin (Vitamin B7) from the body and increases the risk of Biotin deficiency. Raw eggs have 100% Avidin. Cooking tends to denature them but only to a small extent. Still, 40-60% of avidin is retained after cooking eggs. Avidin leads to the denaturing of not only acquired B7 but also, the body’s naturally produced B7.  Biotin is produced by our body in the small intestines to maintain healthy skin, hair, nails, good metabolism, digestion, and healthy brain function. The depletion of this water-soluble vitamin can lead to the following 10 problems:

  1. Cradle cap (crusting and white or yellow scales on a baby’s scalp)
  2. Seborrheic Dermatitis (scaly patches and red skin on the scalp)
  3. Lack of muscle coordination and muscle tone.
  4. Muscle pains and cramps.
  5. Seizures.
  6. Hair loss.
  7. Severe joint pain.
  8. Biotinidase deficiency (disability of the body to recycle Vitamin B7).
  9. Multiple Carboxylase deficiency (reduced activity of biotin-dependent enzymes).
  10. Holocarboxylase Synthetase deficiency (disability of the body to use Biotin effectively).

Reversal is possible, however, abstaining from egg consumption is essential. The following 14 plant foods are known to replenish Biotin in the body:

  1. Oats
  2. Shiitake Mushrooms
  3. Avocados
  4. Swiss Chard
  5. Sunflower Seeds
  6. Peanut Butter
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Soy
  9. Berries
  10. Almonds
  11. Bananas
  12. Chia Seeds
  13. Onions
  14. Tomatoes

 

Research on Eggs being bad for health

 

What's the alternative then? Like all the blue zones of the world (people who live the healthiest diet), simple stop eating eggs. But what about protein? Read point 3 again. 

I would love to see your questions in the comments and clear any doubts you might have. Truly hope the above helps. 

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Roshni Sanghvi

Roshni Sanghvi is an Indian plant-based sports nutritionist and body transformation specialist. She is an ACE-certified personal trainer and certified Bodyshred and Animal flow instructor.

Her approach is more focused on helping you in adopting a healthy lifestyle. With her result-oriented holistic methods, she has managed to transform and reverse lifestyle diseases such as PCOS, Thyroid, Diabetes etc for 10k+ clients worldwide.

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