“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.”
― Deepak Chopra
For the better part of history, humans have had a good relationship with eggs.
Even before ancient times, we’ve been consuming this nutrient-rich food.
It’s rich in amino acids, packed with protein, and only contains 70-80 calories.
Protein helps muscle growth, as well as connective tissue in your body. It’s also an essential building block for other parts of the body like your bones, teeth, skin and hair.
On top of that, eggs (particularly the yolk) deliver a lot of vitamins and minerals. This includes vitamins A, B12 and E, along with riboflavin, selenium and zinc.
You’ll also find lutein and zeaxanthin. These aren’t just good for the eyes – they also speed up your brain’s cognitive performance.
Best of all, egg yolk has choline which is crucial to maintaining your heart, brain and even your cells.
And here’s the kicker: eating eggs actually decreases cholesterol levels because of choline.
Recent studies have documented the benefits of eggs. In 2013, researchers at the University of Connecticut found that eggs helped people with metabolic syndrome by increasing their insulin sensitivity (which is a GOOD thing!).
(Dietary) Fat-Shaming: The Case Against Eggs
But then things took a dark turn for eggs in the post-World War II era.
Thanks to numerous studies done after the 1950s, all types of fat came under attack.
This led to the widespread belief that eating fatty foods was bad for you. It was thought that it blocks the arteries, and this perception still resonates today.
However, this wasn’t the issue because high cholesterol is indeed life-threatening.
The problem was that these studies were skewed. They obscured the fact that the real culprit was overconsumption of grains and carbohydrates.
So, everyone and their mother raised their torches and pitchforks against ALL types of dietary fat.
And so, eggs were put in a bad light along with other “persecuted” foods in this dietary witch hunt.
Turning the Tide
However, there was other research done during the same time that disputed the status quo.
Slowly but surely, these opposing voices helped people realize that there was more to the fat puzzle than they first thought.
As it turned out, cutting down on protein-rich and fatty foods was a nutritional step backward.
Eating too many grains and processed sugar was the real cause behind diabetes, higher cholesterol levels and other conditions!
More importantly, they woke up to the fact that NOT all fats are created equal.
(And just so you know, your typical egg has less than 2 grams of saturated fat, so no real threat there.)
Meanwhile, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are good for the body. They help deliver nutrients between cells, contribute to brain growth (fun fact: our brain is mostly made up of fat!) and offer other nutritional benefits.
But if eggs are good for you, then why are some people still AVOIDING them like the boogeyman?
And that brings us to the question of the hour…
Should YOU stop eating eggs?
The answer boils down to a couple of basic factors.
According to a study by the University of Texas, approximately 1.7% of people living in the United States have egg hypersensitivity.
(Interestingly enough, the study also indicates that “Approximately 70% of children will outgrow egg allergy by 16 years of age and children are able to tolerate well-cooked eggs sooner than uncooked eggs.”)
However, even if you are one of those people who have a less-than-ideal reaction to eggs, you should know that there are varying degrees to this:
First of all, there are people who experience extreme symptoms like vomiting, swelling and other signs of an allergy.
Those who fall under this category should steer clear of eggs altogether.
There’s no sense in risking your safety when you can have an alternate source of protein and other nutrients.
Cases like these are often linked to a more serious condition (which we’ll be getting into in a bit).
But then there are people who produce histamine in their bodies as a response to eating egg yolk.
The symptoms of histamine intolerance aren’t the same as a full-on allergy. They’re not life-threatening, but they include feeling bloated and nauseous, as well as mental fatigue.
In this case, you might find that cutting out the yolks will make those less severe symptoms go away.
The Plot Thickens
Now, there’s another layer to egg intolerance that you need to know about.
As mentioned earlier, some people who can’t eggs at all – neither yolk nor whites.
The reason for this is a specific enzyme in eggs called lysozyme.
The main function of enzymes like this is to keep the egg yolk safe from potential threats such as bacteria. It cuts down these bacterial invaders on a cellular level.
But the problem is its ability to slip through the gut barrier, the protective layer found in the small intestine. This keeps out potential threats from entering your bloodstream.
The gut barrier is made up of a cocktail of saliva, gastric acid and pancreatic enzymes. This is designed to destroy foreign threats (e.g. bacteria, parasites, pathogens, etc.).
If this fails for some reason and harmful elements still get through, there’s another defense mechanism in place. This is a tightly-knit layer of epithelial cells called enterocytes which keeps out potential invaders.
Lysozyme binds with otherwise harmless complexes and survives the digestion process. So, it slips in unnoticed and completely gets through the gut barrier.
This isn’t a threat in itself because humans actually produce lysozyme. What makes this particular enzyme dangerous is that it also binds to harmful bacteria.
So, it unwittingly acts like a Trojan Horse, bringing in invaders into the bloodstream.
Even if lysozyme does make its way through the epithelial cell shield, it still wouldn’t be a problem for healthy people.
Assuming you have a healthy, functioning immune system, your cells would be able to push back bacterial threats that made it past the border.
Inflammation is your body’s usual response as it’s a defense mechanism to deal with the security threat in your gut.
What happens here is that your body orders your white blood cells to subdue the attackers and prevent further damage.
But for people with autoimmune disease, this is bad news.
When lysozyme gatecrashes the party with its unwanted guests, autoimmune sufferers produce autoantibodies as a response.
These are different from regular antibodies which only target specific bacteria and other harmful pathogens.
On the other hand, autoantibodies can’t tell friend from foe. This can have serious consequences.
When someone has too many autoantibodies, their immune system will start to turn on their own body.
This is the essence of autoimmune disease.
Autoantibodies target healthy tissue which leads to excessive inflammation and pain. It can also lead to organ degradation such as in the pancreas (a.k.a. Type 1 diabetes) or even throughout the whole body (such as with lupus).
Fighting the Barbarians at the Gate
Thus, people who have autoimmune disease can’t have eggs. Otherwise, their immune system will go haywire.
What makes this problem even trickier is that drugs only manage the immune system and suppress inflammation.
They don’t actually stop the body from creating those nasty autoantibodies in the first place.
Here’s something more alarming: the Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) estimates that 1 out of 5 people in the U.S. currently have autoimmune disease.
That comes to a total of 50 million people living with this condition.
In a perfect world, everyone can eat eggs and make use of its nutrients.
But with immune system problems getting more and more common, this is sadly NOT the case.
Thanks to the staggering amount of unhealthy, processed foods that we’re consuming by the truckload…
…more and more people are paying dearly for their poor eating habits.
Most folks don’t understand that the human body was designed for a different time.
This was when we used to eat whole, unprocessed foods that gave our bodies what it needed.
But today, scientists figured out how to take those foods and chemically transform them into an unnatural state.
And now our bodies are struggling because of the abuse we put it through.
Your taste buds might like these artificial treats, but they wreck your gut’s natural defense mechanism.
As such, your immune system suffers as a whole.
Once you let those invaders through the gates, the party’s over for you.
But there is hope.
With the power of the RIGHT food, you can start healing yourself and reverse the damage inflicted by the Western diet.
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Written by Dr. Carl Bamlet who is a chiropractor and a certified nutrition specialist. He creates the Food, Health & You Complete Implementation System which is a lifestyle guide primarily focusing on diet and nutrition.
Dr. Carl Bamlet is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of nineteen, underwent surgeries and chemotherapy, adapted to a lifestyle that eliminates all processed foods and the various toxins that people routinely get exposed to due to the modern diet. He has been cancer free for twelve years.
He is healthy and free from the various common lifestyle diseases. With the help of this ebook, you can also prevent cancer, autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic disorders, diabetes, and many other ailments.
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