Loving the BITE: Eggs Are Good

  1. Other dietary foods were not considered.  Just eggs.  Could it be that the egg consumers were eating them on top of a slice of white toast?  With pancakes on the side? Cooked in butter?  Or margarine? Or (gasp) bacon?  I don’t know, because these foods were not considered, just egg intake.  Guess what else wasn’t considered? Exercise habits.  Waist Circumference.  Stress levels.  Hmmm, you think those might have had an effect?  We KNOW these factors contribute to strokes.
  2. Guess who had eaten the most eggs? The oldest participants – on average 15 years older than the ones who had not eat as much.  Maybe because they had 15 extra years to eat them.  Guess who had the most stroke risk?  The oldest participants – on average 15 years older than the ones who had lesser risk.  Coincidence?  Doubtful as it’s generally accepted that our arteries harden and stroke risk indicators (trustworthy or not) increase as we age.
  3. Researchers associated with the statin industry.  Money makes the world go round, and this is certainly true in medical and nutrition research.  One reason I’ve never allowed myself to become associated with, or make money from any specific brand of supplement or nutrition product is as soon as money is directly involved, it becomes very hard to remain unbiased and remain credible.  When researchers already have established ties, it’s hard to trust their conclusions.

Why is this important to us cyclists?  It is important for anyone who cares about his/her health and nutrition to be very leery of medical/nutrition research news coming from newscasters.  And, since you’ve read this far, I know you consider your health important.  Many times, the headlines and write-ups are out of context, exaggerated, or simply wrong in order to generate ratings and drama. This is a big source of confusion among the public.  It is absolutely worthwhile to read studies, or read commentary from a trustworthy source, not the general media.

And lastly, eggs are a nutrition powerhouse (click here for more info).  However, they are not necessary for health, and if you don’t want to eat them, don’t.  But don’t make a decision based on headlines from a weak study.

Bonus Recipe: Bulk “Hard Boiled” Oven Eggs

Did you know you can “hard-boil” eggs in the oven?  Simply place one dozen eggs (cage-free, vegetarian fed, high omega-3) in a muffin tin.  Place in pre-heated oven at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes.  Once cooked, place eggs in a bowl of ice-water until cooled.

Love ‘em, hate ‘em or indifferent, you’ll likely hear about eggs in nutrition and medical news for years to come.   When you do, if it’s important to you, I urge you to get to the bottom of the headlines (of egg, pharmaceutical and cycling nutrition studies).  And keep in mind, whole, real foods are seldom the issue.  Years of processed food consumption and inactivity, on the other hand, usually are.  On that note, it’s a great time to get out on the bike, right?

Fuel Your Ride.  Nourish Your Body. 

Curried Salad photo c/o trialx.org

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  • http://twitter.com/trimon29 Eric Hutchins

    I also love eggs, you can do so much with them. Your recipes look great and your comments as always are spot on, intelligent and well written.
    Good Stuff.

  • Sarah

    I love eggs! And I’m PUMPED to try that recipe!

    Sarah
    http://www.thinfluenced.com

    • http://twitter.com/fuelright Kelli Jennings

      Hi Sarah, I think you’ll like it! Let us know what you think…

  • Angela

    Thank you for explaining the fallacies of the study. I love eggs and was bummed about it. Also thanks for the hard boiled oven egg idea!

    • http://twitter.com/fuelright Kelli Jennings

      You’re very welcome, Angela. It bums me out that headlines like this make nutrition seem so wishy-washy when the overall message is simple – eat real, whole foods (they’ve got so much to offer) – avoid processed foods. Avoid white carbs and sugary foods. I really think that whether vegan or paleo, this overriding sentiment can go far to improve health. Glad you can feel good about eating some eggs again!

  • Bob

    I wouldn’t say I am an egg lover, but I do enjoy them from time to time. I have to admit that I’ve decreased my intake of eggs over the last year due to reports of them not being all that nutritious. I appreciate your view on this and seeing as you’re in the know I trust what you have to say. Egg Salad here I come.

    • http://twitter.com/fuelright Kelli Jennings

      Hi Bob, Thanks for your comment. I hope you enjoy the egg salad!