While at work, a co-worker and fellow sports fan casually mentioned that ex-NBA ball player Armen Gilliam, dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a game of ball. Being around the same age as Gilliam, pushing 50, I asked myself, with all the eggs I eat, could I possibly be vulnerable to something like that happening to me so suddenly and unexpectedly?
Although I am still a poultry and fish eater, for personal reasons I am gradually decreasing (not eliminating) my intake of chicken. I will probably always eat some chicken but my system tells me eggs are a better way to go on a daily basis for me.
Simply put, I love eggs. Although I have moved up to pasture raised eggs, my eggs over the last couple of years have been the Whole Foods and Trader Joe's cage free/free range eggs. I consider them "better" but not necessarily "best". But, I was to find out that they have served me well.
Here in Portland I currently don't have a doctor, but they have a place called Any Lab Test, where you can go in and get blood work for anything; HIV, Cholesterol, Testosterone levels, prostate PSA, any of the tests you can get a the to doctor. I went over, told them I just wanted to check my cholesterol cause I'm eating 15 to 20 eggs a week, every week. So they took my blood and the next day I got my results. I wasn't too worried because I was sure I was in great health so far as that is concerned, but just wanted to make sure.
My test results simply astonished me. No only were they good they were considered OPTIMAL. Now I am not totally attributing this to eating eggs, but I proved to myself that eating all those eggs was not a detriment to my cholesterol levels.
As a quick note, I scramble my eggs in coconut oil, and my cholesterol test results show that coconut oil fat, although highly saturated, has not been a detriment to my health, and along with quality eggs, probably helped contribute to my good cholesterol scores. Definitely did not hurt
Here is a basic break down of a couple of those cholesterol test numbers that we all are probably familiar with.
LDL Cholesterol("Bad Cholesterol")
LDL cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries and increase your chances of getting heart disease. That is why LDL cholesterol is referred to as "bad" cholesterol. Although I don't think LDL is technically "bad", it works in conjunction with HDL, and it seems the two need to be more in balance.
My LDL results…..
(The lower your LDL cholesterol number, the lower your risk)
Less than 100(Optimal), 100-129(Good), 130-159(Borderline High), 160-189(High-Caution), 190 and above(Very High-Danger)
My LDL score 79 !!!!!!!!!! WOW
HDL Cholesterol ("Good Cholesterol")
HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking the "bad" cholesterol out of your blood and keeping it from building up in your arteries. The line below explains what the numbers mean.
My HDL results……
(The higher the number, the lower your risk.)
60 and above (Optimal, low risk), <40/men, <50/women (too low, higher risk)
My HDL score 80 !!!!!!!!!! WOW (I was told "good" HDL cholesterol is very rare to be that high)
Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fat exists in food and the body. A high triglyceride level has been linked to higher risk of coronary artery disease.
My Trigliceride results……
(The lower the number, the lower your risk.)
30-150(Optimal), 150-199(Mildly High), 200-499(High), 500 and above(Very High-Danger)
My Triglyceride score 31 !!!!!!!!!! Triple WOW
Your total blood cholesterol is a measure of LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and other lipid components. Doctors recommend total cholesterol levels below 200.
My Total Cholesterol score 175, I'm all up in the zone. Although, my understanding is below 200 is optimum for the "American Diet" other low risk cultures can have optimal standards of 150 or lower
For me, I have proven to myself that the cholesterol in eggs myth is truly a myth for me, and from other research of mine, cholesterol is necessary for the body's normal functioning. I am ratcheting down my intake of eggs simply because my 5 egg omlettes on the weekend kinds of over-stuffs me, it's just that they are so delicious. However now I can enjoy them without that cholesterol worry in the back of my head, the one that we all seem to have falsely ingrained in us, from who knows where. ~dw~
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