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Egg Yolks: How Many is too Many?

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I am on a budget and cannot afford to buy meat. I am considering eating whole egg omeletes instead so I do not have to count carbs and save money. I am opting out of eating egg white omeletes due to the prep time separating the yolks. I am very busy. My concern is the cholesterol in egg yolks. One jumbo egg has 270mg of cholesterol.

 

My PCP put me on 20 mg or 40 mg of simvastatin b/t 1-2 years ago (I do not recall exactly how long ago). I asked my Endo and I stop taking simvastatin this past Fall. I do not have a history of heart problems and I am relatively young. I was diagnosed with T2 in my 30's.

 

I currently eat 5 meals a day, 4 smoothies and 1 good size spinach salad. I plan on replacing two of those meals with a 4-5 egg omelete. I will play it by ear. My Intro has more detail about what I eat.

 

Should I be concerned about my LDL eating at least 8-10 eggs a day?

 

12/10

Total Cholesterol: 127

Triglycerides: 34

HDL Cholesterol: 40

LDL Cholesterol: 80

 

LDL

12/07: 114

8/08: 132

1/09: 126

4/09: 131

7/09: 70

6/10: 56

9/10: 60

12/10: 80

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diaboki

There is no need to fear the cholesterol in egg yolks. The fact is, consumption of dietary cholesterol has little to no bearing on blood serum cholesterol. The cholesterol egg myth was started by the misinterpretation of a study that was done many years ago, and has been disproved time and time again since then. Eat your eggs! They're good for you!

 

Here is a really great explanation by Jonny Bowden:

 

The Poor Misunderstood Egg - That's Fit

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janice21475

Your plan sounds very well organized. I am anxious to hear what other folks say about the eggs. My husband and I are considering something similar and a plain answer to your question would be very welcome.

 

Kind regards,

Janice & Husband

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SolidSnake84

I think diaboki nailed it. Egg yolks have a bad rap and are one of the most highly nutritious complete foods you can eat. I've been eating the yolks my entire life (only 26). I have high cholesterol but mine is hereditary and I've had it since I was 19. I currently take lipitor for that though and my levels have been fine despite eating 3 all the way up to 12 yolks per day! The fact is, like diaboki said, dietary cholesterol doesn't impact your blood cholesterol levels all that much...maybe more so if you are predisposed to having high cholesterol like I am, but if you can get that under control, and your levels are consistently good even with the egg yolks, then I say keep on eating them. If you are worried, eat the extra egg yolks for 2 months, and get your cholesterol checked. Chances are, it will still be good, if not, then you know, and can readjust your diet accordingly. Or, just have 1 or 2 yolks, and then mix the rest of it with egg beaters. An egg beater is essentially all the protein of the egg (6g per serving) without any of the fat or cholesterol. Mix in 3 or 4 servings of the egg beaters with 1 or 2 yolks and you've got 24-36g of excellent protein there. I wouldn't advise skipping the yolks all-together and just having the beaters though...having SOME yolk with the whites makes it easier for your body to absorb the protein, or so I've read at least. I just don't see the sense in throwing out a perfectly good yolk though in any case. The egg beaters are very cheap, like $4 for 15 servings or something around there. When combined with a whole egg or 2, they can last you a decent amount of time.

 

You will find many conflicting opinions on egg yolks, so my best advice is to see how they affect you, get a blood test to check your cholesterol before and after you increase your amount of intake of them on a daily basis, and then play it by ear. If your results are good, then there is no problem with it as far as I can see. Also keep in mind though, that a balanced diet is important, and you shouldn't just be getting your protein from eggs. Lean chicken, fish, nuts, whey protein, casein protein are all options. Chicken is only $2/lb by me, and I just buy a pack of 6 or 6 lbs and it'll last me a good while. Eggs are a bit cheaper than that but not by much. I can see your argument with fish though, as most fish by me are $6-7/lb which is insane, so I don't eat as much fish as I'd like, but I'd say most of my protein comes from whey protein, chicken, turkey, and then eggs.

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A1C

@SolidSnake84, protein powders cause my BGL to spike out of the roof, even powders that are unsweetened, plain flavor, plain additives, no sugar. I have tried different brands. I cannot afford to eat any meat on a regular basis. Where I live chicken breast cost $1.99/lb, ground beef cost $2.49/lb, and meat takes longer to cook than eggs. Cooking gas is expensive, it is winter time, and my energy bill is higher. I get $200/month in food stamps. I eat food that is filling.

 

A carton of jumbo eggs (12) only cost $1.79 when I checked this past week and as low as $1.19-$1.39 a carton if my memory is correct. I already consume nuts. Click on the hyperlink in the OP.

 

High cholesterol does run in my family. My mother, maternal grandfather, and paternal grandmother take medications for high cholesterol although they do live a sedentary lifestyle. My primary health concern currently is to get off of the meds for T2 and control T2 with exercise and diet.

 

Because of my health insurance, I have to see my Endo every 3 months to get a prescription to treat T2. All of the doctors appointments and being asked the SAME questions 10-12 times a year PCP (2), Endo (4), Glaucoma specialist (1), dentist (2), podiatrist (1), neuorologist (1) is annoying and wearing me down. Ugh!:mad: They are all in the same healthcare system so why can't I just sign a release so they can read the other doctors chart.:rolleyes:

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Mussakka
Because of my health insurance, I have to see my Endo every 3 months to get a prescription to treat T2. All of the doctors appointments and being asked the SAME questions 10-12 times a year PCP (2), Endo (4), Glaucoma specialist (1), dentist (2), podiatrist (1), neuorologist (1) is annoying and wearing me down. Ugh!:mad: They are all in the same healthcare system so why can't I just sign a release so they can read the other doctors chart.:rolleyes:

 

Then they wouldn't each get a slice of your healthcare pie! It is unfortunate that we have to see so many doctors. Unless you have some conditions that merit each of those specialists, you might think of trimming them down to just your PCP, if he/she is competent enough. I'm sure you've already done what you could, though.

 

As for eggs, they shouldn't be a problem. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding cholesterol, fat, carbs, and virtually every nutrient you can think of. I would just try the eggs and see how your next blood test goes. I used to eat three whole eggs every day with no problems to report.

 

Meat is expensive, no doubt! Have you considered other protein alternatives that are quick cooking and lower cost? Three vegetarian options that are very inexpensive are tofu, seitan, and textured vegetable protein (TVP).

 

Tofu has a bad rap but when well prepared, most people are surprised at how good it is. I'm able to buy tofu for $1.50 a pound at my local grocery. My usual breakfast is a broccoli quiche made with tofu instead of eggs. It's pennies per serving. Plus it can be used in stir-fries, stews, scrambles, etc.

 

Seitan is also called wheat meat by some. Basically it's bread dough with all the starch washed away, leaving nothing but pure wheat gluten (protein) behind. It can be flavored all kinds of ways and has the chewiness of meat. You can buy it ready made, or save a ton of money and make your own using a product called vital wheat gluten. This recipe is extremely versatile and very tasty. The initial batch does take time to cook, but it makes a large quantity and can be pulled out and quickly prepared in stir-fries and other fast meals later. It makes a mean mushroom stroganoff.

 

Textured vegetable protein (usually just called TVP) is made from defatted soy and it usually packaged as dehydrated crumbles. When rehydrated, one cup of TVP equals one pound of ground beef. A little can go a long way. You can use it virtually anywhere you would use ground meat, but I find well-spiced ground beef type recipes like chili, tacos, casseroles, etc., work best. You could also use it to stretch ground beef (half beef, half TVP) and save money that way. I just bought 1.25 lbs. of it yesterday for $2.50. That's equivalent to 5 lbs. of ground beef.

 

One strategy I used to save time and money is to make large batches of some things that I'll eat as leftovers or side dishes for meals later in the week. For instance, using the TVP I just talked about, I usually make a large batch of chili with beans on the weekend. It's supper one night and the leftovers can be lunches or dinner later in the week. No cooking needed, just reheating. I do the same with beans and other dishes that benefit flavor-wise from sitting (like spaghetti sauce, curries, stews and so on.

 

Anyway, good luck with the eggs. Hope some of the rest of that might be helpful. If you'd like some recipes, drop me a PM and I'd be glad to give you some.

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SolidSnake84
@SolidSnake84, protein powders cause my BGL to spike out of the roof, even powders that are unsweetened, plain flavor, plain additives, no sugar. I have tried different brands. I cannot afford to eat any meat on a regular basis. Where I live chicken breast cost $1.99/lb, ground beef cost $2.49/lb, and meat takes longer to cook than eggs. Cooking gas is expensive, it is winter time, and my energy bill is higher. I get $200/month in food stamps. I eat food that is filling.

 

A carton of jumbo eggs (12) only cost $1.79 when I checked this past week and as low as $1.19-$1.39 a carton if my memory is correct. I already consume nuts. Click on the hyperlink in the OP.

 

High cholesterol does run in my family. My mother, maternal grandfather, and paternal grandmother take medications for high cholesterol although they do live a sedentary lifestyle. My primary health concern currently is to get off of the meds for T2 and control T2 with exercise and diet.

 

Because of my health insurance, I have to see my Endo every 3 months to get a prescription to treat T2. All of the doctors appointments and being asked the SAME questions 10-12 times a year PCP (2), Endo (4), Glaucoma specialist (1), dentist (2), podiatrist (1), neuorologist (1) is annoying and wearing me down. Ugh!:mad: They are all in the same healthcare system so why can't I just sign a release so they can read the other doctors chart.:rolleyes:

 

sorry to hear about protein powders not working out for ya...I probably consume about 60-100g of protein from whey isolates everyday and they don't budge my BGL one bit. I know what you're saying about the health insurance...but be glad you have it, I don't at the moment because I got laid off a while back and have to pay the PCP, endo, eye doctor, and all my medications out of pocket...as you can imagine the expenses pile up quickly. By the way, you can also buy Egg protein powder...it is just the protein from the eggs...i don't see any reason why this would raise your BGL anymore than the egg beaters or a whole egg would, as there are brands that add no sugar or practically anything else to the powder...though perhaps you are one whose BGL are more sensitive to protein than most, that's the only thing I can think of...I am interested to hear your cholesterol results if you choose to increase your egg consumption after a few months time...I'm willing to bet they are good...best of luck!

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@Mussakka, I need to get a new PCP. I had a good one for years, however she relocated to another state. I think medical malpractice insurance is expensive in my state. My newly assigned PCP is a resident and I would not trust a resident to monitor a chronic diasease.

 

It did not occur to me that most people have not read my intro. Currently I eat tofu and banana smoothies, peanuts, milled flax seeds, wheat germ, and spinach. Oranges and apples don't agree with me anymore. TVP is a great inexpensive alternative. I need TVP recipes. The TVP recipes I tried to create in the past were horrible.:(

 

I buy tofu for $12 a bucket 30 blocks/bucket from a chinese grocery store.

 

I used to eat a lot of beans, legumes, and brown rice which are dirt cheap, however a serving size that is no more than 60g net carbs is like eating a kiddie meal :laugh: since the net carb calculation changed. Also, beans, legumes, and brown rice now cause my BGL to elavate more which was not the case years ago. Seitan is expensive were I have looked, in grocery stores and Whole Foods Market.

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samorgan

Try reading some articles here:

 

Thincs Website

 

And especially this (hard facts):

 

Complete Lack of Correlation Between Cholesterol & Heart/Arterial Disease

 

This latter will be the most valuable 1 minute and 18 seconds you will ever spend on the subject!

 

Note that this is talking about SERUM cholesterol and heart disease (no correlation) let alone DIETARY cholesterol the relationship of which to the former is also open to much question.

 

Eat away!

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I'll start the egg diet this week or next or February 10th. I just bought bananas, I cut back to 1 instead of 2 per smoothie, and I do not want them to go to waste. The one banana per smoothie has worked pretty good as far as not raising my post-meal BG too high.

 

Thanks everyone for the feedback, information, and support!

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samorgan

Wow on the banana! I used to have a smoothie with HALF a banana and could only do that when immediately followed by a 1 hour strenuous workout. Other than that, I can't touch bananas at all. I wish I could! One thing I miss.

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ant hill

The eggs are fine as long that you have a physical and active life. I.E. DON'T SIT ON YA BUM!!! :cool:

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I am not sure the great egg experiment is going to work for me and I think I figured out why. My BGL readings have been running higher since I started eating omeletes. My fasting bedtime BG was 94 at bedtime last night and it was 105 at 12:49 pm this afternoon. I think the fat keeps my levels elavated. I remember early last year the same thing happening. I am not sure what to do.

 

If there was a way to go on an inexpensive low carb vegan diet I would. Actually reducing the amount of bananas in my smoothies from one to two seemed to work well for the few days or so I tried that.

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janice21475

Perhaps it is too high in protein & fat. Aim for more green veggies. Peanuts are inexpensive food, too but you must use portion control with ANY food.

 

How many eggs were in these omelets? I wouldn't think more than 3 would hurt but 3 is better. You can space them out to have more throughout the day but don't overload at any one feeding. Hope you reach a happy medium.

Janice

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A1C
sorry to hear about protein powders not working out for ya...
There is one exception. Whole Foods Market 365 brand Soy Protein Power does not cause my BG to spike. It is out of price range at the moment.

 

Perhaps it is too high in protein & fat. Aim for more green veggies. Peanuts are inexpensive food, too but you must use portion control with ANY food.

 

How many eggs were in these omelets? I wouldn't think more than 3 would hurt but 3 is better. You can space them out to have more throughout the day but don't overload at any one feeding. Hope you reach a happy medium.

Janice

5 eggs and 2 blocks of tofu. I need to eat enough to hold me over for 2 hours so I can test my BG on my meter. I test 4 times a day; before and after 2 meals. I am still a growing man. I have always had a healthy appetite since I was a teenager. I used to throw down 2 large pizzas and a chesse steak back in the day like it was a snack.

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If there was a way to go on an inexpensive low carb vegan diet I would. Actually reducing the amount of bananas in my smoothies from one to two seemed to work well for the few days or so I tried that.

 

Have you considered growing your own vegies? Not an immediate solution, but one you could use during the warmer months to help you save some money for the colder ones.

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