The LCHF Diet - the Egg question

On this episode of the LCHF Podcast, we answer the Egg Question. While not an uncommon one when it comes to the diet, people continue to have reservations over eating too many eggs. Are these unfounded? Probably so. Hear what Doctor Ann Childers has to say…


Welcome back to this edition of the LCHF podcast, low carb, healthy fat is what we’re talking about today. My name is Brad Brown, it’s good to be with you and we’ve got Dr Ann Childers with us once again. Doc, thank you so much for joining us. Probably the question we get asked most and it’s in various forms, it’s got to do with cholesterol and here’s an interesting one.

It’s somebody who is just starting out on the LCHF diet and they’ve seen in all the forums that people are saying, hey, eat eggs, it’s good for you. They’re obviously concerned, coming from a background where they’re been told that eggs are bad for you, particularly the yolks. Can you delve into a bit of that and debunk some of the myths around eggs for us?

Debunking the myths about eggs on the LCHF Diet

Ann Childers: Yes, it turns out here in the States, both the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and the AND (Academy Nutrition and Dietetics) actually oversees all of the US registered dieticians. Both groups are saying that cholesterol, dietary cholesterol that is, does not deserve to be on the list of nutrients of concern for over consumption.

In other words, we should not be limiting our consumption of cholesterol laden foods, including things like shellfish and eggs with their yolks. This is because there has not been any link between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol. I would save the discussion on blood cholesterol for another time because I’m not in the camp that believes that high blood cholesterol is necessarily damaging. In fact, it may ensure longer life for older women, in particular.

So again, I’m going to put that discussion aside. Given that, I also want to remark about egg yolks in particular in that they are an excellent source of acetylcholine and we need acetylcholine in our brains to function normally. There are only two strong sources of choline in the American diet. One is liver and almost no one eats liver anymore, since we’ve been told not to. And then the other is the egg yolk and again, a lot of people are living on egg white omelettes and egg white etc and I really think this is a damaging approach to nutrition.

My LCHF Diet advice? Enjoy those egg yolks

My advice is, enjoy those egg yolks, they’re really delicious. If you eat egg yolk, it’s best to have it in a loose form such as an over easy egg or a three minute egg, that is the best way for your body to absorb it. If you have been without egg yolks or liver for a long time, I would recommend that you get caught up.

BB: I love that, Dr Ann Childers, thank you very much for that, I hope that helps and ja, interesting question. Keep them coming, if you have a question you’d like answered, all you need to do is head over to the website, you can submit your question there, we look forward to answering them on the next edition. Until then, from the two of us, it’s cheers.


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