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Eggs- How many is too many?

by 65 · February 21, 2013 at 03:01 PM

I've been seeing alot of people mix up how many eggs they eat, maybe 3 eggs and 2 egg whites etc. How many eggs (lets say per week) is too many? Is there serious benefit to doing some form of whole egg + whites combo? I know some do it for cholesterol, any other benefits?

I haven't had my cholesterol tested in a long time, but it was fine before and I eat approx 12-16 eggs a week now.

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18373 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

You seem to be under the impression that dietary cholesterol has some impact on blood cholesterol. They are completely unrelated. Blood cholesterol is determined through hormonal status. You could eat only eggs and have an excellent cholesterol profile.

As for whites vs. yolks, in this crowd you are more likely to see people skip the whites, since some believe the whites have harmful proteins. See this previous question and others.

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12108 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

Well, if you ask the French, one egg is an oeuf. (Hyolk!)

Many meals I'll eat up to four eggs, and occasionally more.

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134 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

I regularly eat 12-15 in one meal (but I only eat 1-2 meals a day). Probably 50-60/week. I've never had my levels checked, but I'm not dead either.

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50 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

I am 70 now, for years I had been having regular braakfast, 2 eggs, a coffee and a bowl of salad. That together with some eggs in other dishes make it 18 eggs a week. I had a very good profile for fats and cholesterol. I was warned about more than 1 egg per day and I did reduce my intake to max of 6 eggs per week.My yearly chlosteral profile turned bad. Had a short discussion with my Doctor, I intend to have the nice Breakfast of 2 eggs, a coffee and salad again!

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130 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

All I know is that starting my day off with eggs or bacon is a much better way to start than a bowl of cereal. My energy levels are much more stable throughout the day. I'm glad that I came across the paleo/primal diet when I did.

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77322 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

i guess the answer to the question "how many eggs is too many?" must be quite similar to the one for questions like "how much meat is too much?", "how much fish is too much?"... "how much food is too much?"

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18619 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

When you start clucking? ;)

No. Seriously. There is no reason to mix eggs with whites, just eat the whole thing! I know many people that eat 3 to 4 per day with no problems. Some here eat even more! If you are especially worried about it, cut them out for 30 days and then add them back in and see if there is a difference.

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20 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

I eat probably 60 eggs a week most weeks, it's a good way to get calories as an endurance athlete and if it's holding me back in any way, not aware of it. Possible but I'm more than getting by.

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39204 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

Eating omega-3 eggs would, in theory, mitigate any effect of the omega-6 in the yolk. This is what I do, and I eat a ton of eggs.

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713 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

2-4 a day. most in one one day = 9. In my journeys in the paleo blogosphere and beyond I've come across people eating a dozen or more a day. Eggs are so economical and there is such a variety of ways to prepare them that I don't think I could ever get tired of them. Running out the door? perfect time to down a raw one. Just cooked some bacon? Throw those suckers into the grease with some tomatoes.

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155 · ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

For what its worth, I ate 3 boiled eggs a day last year and my cholesterol profile barely budged at all.

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0 · February 21, 2013 at 03:01 PM

I blend 4-6 eggs with milk an fruit 2-3 times a day. im 31yrs old. I train in aikido and judo all together 5 nights a week run 3-5km then do resistance training one day of the weekend an never seem to have trouble recovering or be lacking in drive. i say go the egg

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5323 · July 07, 2012 at 03:49 AM

I eat 5 whole free range eggs a day for breakfast, with one bit of some free range bacon and some tomato and hard aged cheese. My LDL is well below any risk markers. My only concern is omega-6, which is why I go free range, so theres less.

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0 · July 07, 2012 at 03:30 AM

cant you get a thing called albumin poisioning if you eat too many eggs? its a protien thats in our blood already and if you eat too many it can change the level thats present in your blood and make u ill does anyone know if this has any fact baisis or is the amount of eggs u eat purely based on the amount of cholesterol?

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655 · August 26, 2011 at 06:28 PM

I'm thinking of eating the majority of my calories from eggs, and a little meat here and there being that I work in a resort and am surrounded by unhealthy, fried, creamy sauce animal products... I have a new video shoot for my band coming up in 10 days and I need to loose some weight FAST, could this be an option? I mean, I would still be getting adequate fat and moderately high protein... I understand that in the long run this may not be an optimal option, but it's the healthiest option I have here (Morocco)

Thanks..

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411 · January 11, 2011 at 10:19 PM

The egg white is mostly protein, whereas the yolk is rich in beneficial nutrients. Practically speaking, you can't over eat the yolks. Some folks limit or even discard the egg white as part of their overall effort to limit daily protein intake.

Paul Jaminet in the book Perfect Health Diet, for example, recommends between 200 and 600 calories daily from protein because protein restriction may extend lifespan.

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7300 · January 11, 2011 at 08:07 PM

I don't usually eat more than 4-5 a day at most because of omega 6. I have maybe a dozen-two dozen a week though.

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6491 · January 11, 2011 at 04:07 PM

The one case in which you might want to cut back on or entirely limit egg consumption would be in the case of autoimmune disorder, as the lysozyme in them can be detrimental. Test it out and see; I've seen no measurable difference in myjoint issues when I eat them, but YMMV.

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