Let’s Ask Bertil Wosk: How Healthy Are Eggs?
Remember Bertil Wosk, the founder of the supplement brand Holistic, who provided us with the recipe for his very own witches’ brew a couple of months ago? It’s time for a new segment on the blog and we call it “let’s ask Bertil Wosk”. He knows everything and is kind enough to answer some of our questions.
– We’re curious about eggs. How will they affect your health? Is it all bad, or is it okay to eat eggs now and then?
It depends on who you’re asking. A vegan will say NO because they’re animal products. Many vegans avoid honey as well. But nutrient-wise, both eggs and honey (in reasonable amounts) are good for you. Eggs are a nutrition powerhouse. They contain high quality protein, minerals, vitamins, and lecithin, which contains necessary nutrients for bodily functions and is especially good for the nervous system and the brain. However, foods that are high in protein, such as eggs, meat and fish, lead the body to produce excess acid. But you can compensate by eating lots of vegetables. Some say that eggs contain harmful bacteria (similar to those in meat and fish), but if you’re healthy, that shouldn’t be a problem. Especially if the eggs are boiled or cooked.
Because they’re high in cholesterol, eggs have gotten a bad reputation. Well, we need to sort this out. There is no evidence that cholesterol is bad for you. On the contrary, cholesterol production is incredibly important, and 80% of the cholesterol in you body is in fact manufactured in the liver. Only about 20% comes from the foods you eat. Also, your cholesterol levels are more influenced by fast carbs (carbohydrates that digest quickly), than eggs. In general, people who eat a lot of fast-digesting carbs have higher cholesterol levels, than, for example, people on LCHF diets.
To sum up, eggs are not the villains they have been made out to be. In fact, they’re probably healthier than most foods on the store shelves. Okay, a varied raw food diet is probably more beneficial to your health, but eggs are not the reason chronic diseases are on the rise.