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CoplinHeadshotBEvery night H and I have our “breakfast” of two eggs and toast so when I saw an article in a fitness magazine that said there is a fitness benefit in eating whole eggs every day, I thought OK then, cause I like my nightly egg. The article mentions the 70’s notion that egg yolks deliver excess cholesterol which is linked to higher chances of heart disease as being sort of old hat and that studies in the 90’s could find no link between egg yolk and heart attack.  The article also suggests that egg yolk cuts inflammation and other studies are showing increases in muscle growth. My take-away from this article was what I wanted to hear and vindicated my adherence to the 20 in the 80/20 rule of doing what’s good for you.
I read a lot of information on a great many things and before I pass on new pearls of wisdom, I try to see who else is saying the same thing as well as the quality of the source. 
One fairly reputable publication, Berkley Wellness, had a great overview of the egg question and reviewed many observational studies in addition to well-designed clinical trials. What it reports is most clinical trials have not been performed for long enough time to provide any substantiated long-term effects of egg use, good or bad, as opposed to observational studies that rely mostly on studies funded by the egg industry. It goes on to say it is not clear how genetics play a role but the bottom line is eggs, with their yolk, are a good food with fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals that aid absorption.  People can eat one or two eggs a day without ill effects and possibly with benefit. The key is not to muck up the quality of an egg by preparing it with fatty or salty ingredients or serve them with unhealthy side dishes ie the good old American Breakfast with bacon, sausage, cheese and biscuits. 
I also found cautionary advice for people with diabetes and egg consumption. People with diabetes should be cautious of their egg and cholesterol intake and discuss this with their doctor.
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Tom Coplin PT
Central Physical Therapy
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