US Gov Egg Promotion Board in Private Emails: Eggs are Unhealthy, Unsafe

If egg companies want to receive subsidies from a US government agency that was created to “increase demand for egg and egg products on behalf of U.S. egg producers”, companies can’t say eggs are healthy, healthful, nutritious, contribute nutritionally, are high protein, low calorie, low fat, good for you, or even safe, as noted in private emails obtained through FOIA by Dr. Michael Greger.

(The government agency also advises companies not to show how eggs are produced – multiple chickens being crammed into file-cabinet-sized cages for their entire lives – as doing so would invite criticism for unethical treatment of animals.)

Why aren’t egg companies allowed to use the above terms in reference to eggs? It would be false advertising, as the balance of the available evidence indicates eggs are unhealthy, high calorie, high fat, unsafe, etc.

What can they truthfully say about eggs? That they ‘can’ reduce feelings of hunger.

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  • kimyo

    Thriving on raw eggs, world’s oldest person marks 117th birthday in Italy

    Morano lives alone and has outlived all her eight brothers and sisters, including one who died at 102. She has thrived despite an unorthodox, unbalanced diet.

    “When I first knew her she used to eat three eggs a day. Two raw, and one fried. Today she has slowed down a bit, reducing the number to two some days because she says three can be too much,” her doctor Carlo Bava told Reuters TV.

    “She has never eaten much fruit or vegetables. Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month and every year.”

    The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

    Consider the findings of two recent studies that conclude the consumption of whole-fat dairy is linked to reduced body fat.

    In one paper, published by Swedish researchers in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, middle-aged men who consumed high-fat milk, butter and cream were significantly less likely to become obese over a period of 12 years compared with men who never or rarely ate high-fat dairy.

    Yep, that’s right. The butter and whole-milk eaters did better at keeping the pounds off.

    “I would say it’s counterintuitive,” says Greg Miller, executive vice president of the National Dairy Council.

    The second study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, is a meta-analysis of 16 observational studies. There has been a hypothesis that high-fat dairy foods contribute to obesity and heart disease risk, but the reviewers concluded that the evidence does not support this hypothesis. In fact, the reviewers found that in most of the studies, high-fat dairy was associated with a lower risk of obesity.

    “We continue to see more and more data coming out [finding that] consumption of whole-milk dairy products is associated with reduced body fat,” Miller says.

    lastly, consider the health outcomes for women in the adventist study: vegan women’s mortality is practically indistinguishable from those who ate meat (.97 vs 1.00). the longest lived women in the study are ‘pesco-vegetarians’ (.88 vs 1.00). (see page 6 of this pdf. surely you wouldn’t advise women to avoid fish?

    cafo eggs will kill you and the planet. eggs from animals raised in the open, eating the foods they’ve eaten for millions of years, that’s the healthiest food possible for humans, after wild fish.

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  • LeseMajeste

    Much better to eat a BIG bowl of frosted flakes, while drinking some highly sugared OJ and finish off with a sugar-laden pastry!

  • cettel

    Robert, I clicked onto your “evidence” and found trash. Here’s the foundation, the transcript to the video, and it includes no links (which is what any online source should include) and not even any footnotes (such as used to be the standard, during the age of books and other non-digital sources):
    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death/

    You’ve here discredited yourself by issuing a thoroughly untrustworthy article.

  • USA_objector

    Totally bogus article. Sounds like another government effort to block “super-foods” for the benefit of Big Food companies selling GMO-laden, sugar-salt-fat-laden, non-food industrial chemically enhanced processed “foodstuff.” Really surprised to see this on WB. I like two sunny-side up every other morning.

    • kimyo

      more vegans = increased gmo soy production = more profit$ for monsanto and big ag.

      and later on, more profits for big pharma as they ‘treat’ your kidney and liver disease

      Transcriptome profile analysis reflects rat liver and kidney damage following chronic ultra-low dose Roundup exposure: Our results suggest that chronic exposure to a GBH in an established laboratory animal toxicity model system at an ultra-low, environmental dose can result in liver and kidney damage with potential significant health implications for animal and human populations.

      • Jack O’malley

        what do you think animals are fed- non-gmos? more vegans- who demand non -gmo by the way means less gmo production as the horribly abused animals are not consuming feed and copious amounts of water only to be violently, senselessly slaughtered-this is insanity that needs to end- monsanto is part of big-ag that you embrace-go vegan

        • kimyo

          only 1% of u.s. soy production is organic.

          however, even if the soy products you purchase are labeled ‘100% organic’ (as opposed to ‘usda organic’, which allows up to 5% non-organic pesticide-laden content), you still don’t want to eat it. it is not human-suitable food.

          Is This the Most Dangerous Food For Men?

          What’s more, studies of these phytoestrogens in leading peer-reviewed medical journals suggest that even lower doses—such as the amount in the 25-gram soy protein target cited by the FDA—have the potential to wreak hormonal havoc.

          In a Harvard study published last year in the journal Human Reproduction, Jorge E. Chavarro, M.D., Sc.D., and his colleagues found a strong association between men’s consumption of soy foods and decreased sperm counts.

          Ninety-nine men reported their intake of 15 different soy-based foods, then underwent semen analysis. Those in the highest category of daily soy intake averaged 32 percent fewer sperm per milliliter of ejaculate than those who went sans soy.

          The studies, published in the Journal of Andrology and Urology respectively, looked at the effect of daidzein on the sexual function of male rats.

          Moderate doses of the phyto-estrogen administered either in youth or adulthood significantly affected the quality of their erections. Among other changes, the daidzein-exposed males produced less testosterone, had softer erections, and experienced biochemical changes to their penile tissues that left these tissues less elastic and less capable of complete blood engorgement.

          Yufeng Huang, M.D., a coauthor on both papers, says that the “moderate” dose used in the animal studies leads to approximately the same blood level of daidzein in men who eat soy every day, a common practice in Asia. He believes soy represents a novel and previously overlooked risk factor for ED [erectile dysfunction]

          In older men and older women alike, however, they found exactly the opposite indication: Participants over age 68 who were regularly eating the most tofu had double the risk of dementia and memory impairment as those consuming a more moderate amount.

  • janchup

    Nonsense.

  • cityspeak

    I am always surprised and dismayed when the occasional completely nonsensical article shows up on the Washington Blog.

  • PJohnson

    My understanding from what I’ve read is that there’s a major difference between eggs from pastured hens (pretty healthy) and factory farm eggs (pretty unhealthy). Free-range eggs are somewhere in between, “cage-free” labeled eggs are probably still basically factory animal waste product, and organic certified is obviously better than conventional. But I’m open to the notion that a complete vegan or vegetarian diet might still be healthier than a diet with high-quality eggs, and I imagine as pollution levels continue to rise, all animal products are increasingly contaminated, including organic eggs from pasture-raised chickens unfortunately.