12/6/2011 6:51:58 AM
Wow, what a little debate we have going on here!
Personally, I eat an average of one egg and two egg whites per day. My cholesterol is a tad bit high (228) but my HDL and LDL are equal. When I had my Navy health assessment, I was told that a general practitioner would likely look at my overall number and freak out, instead of looking at my amazing ratio and realizing that I'm going to live forever. (No, seriously, that's what she said -- she was practically doing back-flips that someone who wasn't an admiral came in with triple-digit HDL).
She suggested I take a fiber supplement to help lower my LDL for the sake of less knowledgeable general practitioners.
For all these studies that show eggs and meat are bad for your heart, I wonder about the quality of the food. I don't shy away from meat, but since I can't afford organic, grass-fed meat, I stick to lean meat and add a little bit of "good" fats. I do think that's key. Someone who is eating ground beef in a tube from the grocery store is eating meat from an animal that had no grazing space, was given antibiotics and hormones to help it grow faster, and ate a grain diet instead of its natural grass diet. That's one unhappy, unhealthy cow, and eating too much of that would surely lead to an unhealthy human. I won't touch the stuff. That's not food.
I would love to see if there were any studies that compared the quality of meat and its effects on humans, but I'm not sure something like that would get funded. So I continue to eat my way and just hope for the best!