I don’t know if anyone else saw this story on the news last week. They said that studies found a definite link between the number of whole eggs and egg yolks in particular a person eats and the amount of plaque in their arteries. Well as soon as the newscaster finished saying that my husband started laughing, knowing I eat whole eggs pretty much every single day. They actually went so far as saying that eating egg yolks is almost as bad as smoking when it comes to speeding up plaque deposits. Seriously? It just made me wonder what they were smoking when they did this study!
Whenever I see or hear a story about a study like this, I look for the way it was done and who funded it. The bottom line way too often is money. This “study” is based on interviews of stroke patients and their recollection of egg intake and admission of smoking history. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble clearly recalling from memory alone what I ate a month ago, so that alone is troubling. The entities behind this study are funded by the pharmaceutical industry (surprise) and two of the authors of the study are involved with statin drugs, which is definitely a conflict of interest.
Dr. Jonny Bowden does a fantastic job of explaining why this observational study is bad “science.” However, he points out that all the way at the end of the study is the finding that there is no association between cholesterol and increased arterial plaque. Ok, so now I’m confused – then why are egg yolks bad again?
Do you believe every study you hear or read about?