Janice Stanger, PhD

Janice Stanger, PhD

Posted February 3, 2013

Published in Health

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Seven Dangers of Eating Eggs

Read More: cholesterol, eggs, salmonella, whole foods plant-based diet

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It's Not Just the Cholesterol That Scrambles Your Health

One of my most stomach-churning childhood experiences was cracking an egg for cooking and finding a partially formed chick fetus inside. I screamed in horror and chick and egg smaller.jpgthrew it in the trash. No one else was in the kitchen with me. I learned at that point that it's pointless to ask "which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

In fact, chickens and eggs are interchangeable. An egg is a disassembled chick, since everything needed to form the baby bird is inside the egg. The shell forms a casing that allows the contents of the egg, under proper conditions, to rearrange themselves into a baby bird who will hatch and grow into a reproducing member of his or her species.

The hideous conditions of chickens on factory farms has been widely reported, so many aim to eat supposedly "kinder" eggs that are labeled "free range" or "cage free" or a similar soothing label. These terms are not regulated and have no meaning. Most often, chickens suffer terribly to lay these eggs for commercial production. The laying hens must be replaced, and the male chicks who hatch to replace them are killed at birth since they have no profitable use. Often the tiny babies are ground up alive.

Still, some insist they get their eggs from rescued chickens who are treated like much-loved pets. What could be wrong with that? For starters, these eggs have the potential to harm your health and weight, just as all eggs do. Here are seven reasons to choose a non-egg breakfast.

ONE. The USDA National Nutrient Database records that a whole, cooked, hard-boiled egg has 155 calories, no fiber, and 10.6 grams of fat. Of this, about a third is saturated fat. Since the egg has no fiber, it will activate your stomach's stretch receptors for fullness only to the extent of the volume of the egg itself, which is pretty small considering your stomach is a bit bigger than a liter. You could get so many more nutrients and satisfaction from fiber by eating 155 calories of whole plant foods, such as apples, black beans, or brown rice.

 Click here to read six more dangers to your health of eating eggs