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How many eggs a day should I eat?

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I usually eat meat only once a day, which makes my other 2 meals to include eggs (whole, boiled). I've just finished reading "The Paelo Diet for Athletes" (which is very good BTW) and they say there that you should limit your eggs intake to 6 a week. I normally eat 5-6 eggs a day. Is that too much ?

Thanks.

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109 · December 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

oops. Stand corrected. Not sure where I got that from. Poor memory I guess.

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2688 · December 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Actually it's suggests 3 yolks a day unless your are pregnant and then it's 5.

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912 · December 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I generally eat about 5 or 6 eggs at a time unless I have them hardboiled in which case ill snack on 1 or 2, or add them to my salads. I don't see the amount being a big problem, there is one problem however, scrambling the eggs cooks through all the cholesterol and oxidizes it which is bad. Cook them sunny side up and runny. You want the yolks intact and not cooked through. Raw egg yolks are about as good as it gets for muscle building; they inhibit myostatin which is responsible for keeping your muscles from growing too large.

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78417 · August 01, 2012 at 10:05 PM

MTHFR? It certainly would be a Mother &$%#er to not be able to eat eggs.

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6709 · July 04, 2012 at 2:47 AM

At least 11 unless its a weekend, then 12.

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45 · May 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Thanks matthew. Still around 40 eggs/week. The problem is that I don't have the time to fix something else in the morning. Have to to some blood tests to see its affect.

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1906 · October 17, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I don't see the "cavemen couldn't have eaten eggs every day so it's probably not a good idea to do so"-argument very compelling. They also didn't eat coconut oil, but we know that to be good. Sure, there's an argument to be made in "everything in moderation", but if the evidence suggests that eggs are a nutrient rich food source, why dismiss eating them year-round?

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1626 · October 17, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Eric - In my opinion this may include spinach, salmon, grass-fed beef, macadamia nuts, cinnamon (or other spice), coconut, avocado, lobster and perhaps another fish or seafood... my favorites and foods that are very ideal!

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1706 · October 16, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Other nine foods?

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922 · October 16, 2011 at 5:07 PM

@PaleoDel - yes, the profile of pastured eggs is much healthier. they contain a lot more omega 3 and less omega 6. i don't have a source on the omega 6 being less but remember seeing that in the past. the following link has numbers on pastured eggs being more nutrient dense and having higher omega 3's: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/05/pastured-eggs.html plus they taste better! i eat pastured eggs (from local farmer's market) too.

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20519 · October 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Umm.. like everything else it's your decision on how you want to eat. Me? I wouldn't eat that many. I maybe have 4-6 a month now. Do you feel good? No adverse reactions? Your body is working at an optimum level? Mirror not showing anything weird happening? As long as you feel good, go for it. If you start to feel not so hot, back off.

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41312 · October 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I think Cordain and Wolf get it right in the passages above. I also tend to think that paleo folk get a little too repetitious in their diets, which ultimately leads to nutrient deficiencies and imbalances. Is eating 6 eggs a day, every day, going to lead to such a problem? Certainly possible.

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45 · October 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM

They say eggs have a very high amount of fat and that we should prefer to get our proteins from animals.

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1049 · October 16, 2011 at 7:55 AM

What great timing this question. I was just reading about an 80 yr old man who consumed 24 (or 36) eggs a day and I believe Jimmy Moore did one month with only eggs. I haven't had time to read into the implications any further but with so much being said against eggs, it is nice to hear the pros.

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3280 · October 16, 2011 at 6:41 AM

We don't!! But I didn't want to misquote the data I was sourcing. I don't like to edit other people's work.

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1307 · October 16, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Why would we want less saturated fat?

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1307 · October 16, 2011 at 3:52 AM

I didn't realize there was a concern with omega-6 and eggs. I eat only grass-fed. Does this negate that concern?

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15966 · October 16, 2011 at 1:27 AM

There's no amount of anything anyone *should* eat. That being said I wouldn't worry about cordain's worry about the number. Personally I wouldn't eat any one thing in that amount that frequently.

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24271 · October 16, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Did they explain why they recommend this?

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0 · October 16, 2011 at 1:03 AM

If you are worried about omega-6:3 ratio, check out Omega-3 eggs.

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78417 · October 16, 2011 at 12:24 AM

I eat 7 eggs a day

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3280 · October 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM

...oops, and 1/3 less cholesterol, if you are concerned about that.

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18635 · October 15, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Definitely agree about the yolks!

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3743 · October 15, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Personally I think they are extremely important for endurance athletes. I don't know how anybody could have ever felt an egg was bad for you. Seriously what were people smoking?

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3743 · October 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Personally I think they are extremely important for endurance athletes. I don't know how anybody could have ever felt an egg was bad for you. Seriously what where people smoking?

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3743 · October 15, 2011 at 9:34 PM

The yolks are my favorite part!

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18635 · October 15, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Yup, bout 4-8 sounds right. Some people, misguidedly IMO, fear the fat and cholesterol so tell you to limit them. I don't buy it myself. They are delicious and highly nutritious.

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3280 · October 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Mmm, me too. I love yolks.

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19469 · October 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I don't think that there is a particular number of eggs that you "should" eat.

If you tolerate them, enjoy them, and notice no ill effects, eat as many as you want.

If you are concerned about possible negative health effects (too much omega 6, too much cholesterol, too much fat, egg protein allergies, etc.) avoid them. There are plenty of foods that provide a similar nutritional profile (grass fed dairy, meat, organs, etc.) if you're worried about eggs.

This morning I ate 6 whole eggs along with a bunch of sauteed cabbage, carrots, and garlic (all cooked in Kerrygold butter), so I definitely enjoy eggs. I think that they are a cheap, nutritious food...for me!

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922 · October 16, 2011 at 5:07 PM

@PaleoDel - yes, the profile of pastured eggs is much healthier. they contain a lot more omega 3 and less omega 6. i don't have a source on the omega 6 being less but remember seeing that in the past. the following link has numbers on pastured eggs being more nutrient dense and having higher omega 3's: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/05/pastured-eggs.html plus they taste better! i eat pastured eggs (from local farmer's market) too.

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1307 · October 16, 2011 at 3:52 AM

I didn't realize there was a concern with omega-6 and eggs. I eat only grass-fed. Does this negate that concern?

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0 · October 16, 2011 at 1:03 AM

If you are worried about omega-6:3 ratio, check out Omega-3 eggs.

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8239 · October 16, 2011 at 3:35 AM

The issue with eggs, for both Loren Cordain and Robb Wolf, has more to do with frequency than with quantity.

On page 205 of "The Paleo Solution" Robb speaks to his concerns about eggs and autoimmunity, saying he digs this food but "doesn't recommend eating eggs for breakfast every day for the rest of your life." He says this clearly in the context of how well tolerated eggs are for particular persons.

Google Cordain on eggs and you'll find him making similar points. Like, here:

"In all three of my books, I have advocated egg consumption, particularly eggs that are produced with high omega 3 fatty acid contents. Chicken eggs are generally a nutritious food and are a good source of selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D and the B vitamins, some minerals and lutein as Barbara indicated."

Cordain goes on to say:

"So, should everybody include eggs in their diet on a daily basis? Not necessarily, particularly if we examine the evolutionary template. Without question our pre-agricultural ancestors would have collected and consumed eggs from birds??? nests whenever possible. However, in the wild, bird eggs only appear seasonally. Hence, pre-agricultural humans could have never consumed two eggs for breakfast every morning of the year similar to some westernized people, but rather only occasionally for a few brief weeks or months."

http://thepaleodiet.blogspot.com/2010/01/paleo-diet-q-29-january-2010-update-on.html

I happen to love eggs and am delighted to have taken off the list of "Oh! Fat! Bad!" foods I compiled years ago, when I lost briefly my mind and bought into the craziness of the Fat Phobics.

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1906 · October 17, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I don't see the "cavemen couldn't have eaten eggs every day so it's probably not a good idea to do so"-argument very compelling. They also didn't eat coconut oil, but we know that to be good. Sure, there's an argument to be made in "everything in moderation", but if the evidence suggests that eggs are a nutrient rich food source, why dismiss eating them year-round?

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41312 · October 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I think Cordain and Wolf get it right in the passages above. I also tend to think that paleo folk get a little too repetitious in their diets, which ultimately leads to nutrient deficiencies and imbalances. Is eating 6 eggs a day, every day, going to lead to such a problem? Certainly possible.

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1626 · October 16, 2011 at 10:20 PM

That book is outdated. Don't follow everything it says. Cordain does not say to limit eggs anymore. I mean, don't eat 6 a day for the rest of your life but if you want to eat even 10 a day for a while and you feel AWESOME doing this then do it. Just don't do it for the next 50 years.

Eggs are one of the 10 perfect foods if you don't have a severe autoimmune condition.

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1626 · October 17, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Eric - In my opinion this may include spinach, salmon, grass-fed beef, macadamia nuts, cinnamon (or other spice), coconut, avocado, lobster and perhaps another fish or seafood... my favorites and foods that are very ideal!

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1706 · October 16, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Other nine foods?

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800 · October 16, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Eggs are high in methionine. This is not usually a problem, unless you are one of the significant fraction of people that have mutations in one or more of the three genes necessary to convert homocysteine to cysteine. As methionine is a precursor to homo-cysteine, if you do have a genetic issue then egg consumption can lead to elevated homocysteine and methionine levels, which some think increases arteriosclerosis risk.

So, if eating eggs on a regular bases it is worthwhile to have your homo-cysteine level checked periodically. And, if elevated have you genes associated with homo-cysteine methylation evaluated (Quest Diagnostics does this as do many other lab, ask for a MTHFR gene test).

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78417 · August 01, 2012 at 10:05 PM

MTHFR? It certainly would be a Mother &$%#er to not be able to eat eggs.

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3743 · October 15, 2011 at 8:59 PM

I eat about 4-8 per day.

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18635 · October 15, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Definitely agree about the yolks!

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3743 · October 15, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Personally I think they are extremely important for endurance athletes. I don't know how anybody could have ever felt an egg was bad for you. Seriously what were people smoking?

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3743 · October 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Personally I think they are extremely important for endurance athletes. I don't know how anybody could have ever felt an egg was bad for you. Seriously what where people smoking?

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3743 · October 15, 2011 at 9:34 PM

The yolks are my favorite part!

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18635 · October 15, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Yup, bout 4-8 sounds right. Some people, misguidedly IMO, fear the fat and cholesterol so tell you to limit them. I don't buy it myself. They are delicious and highly nutritious.

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3280 · October 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Mmm, me too. I love yolks.

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109 · December 18, 2012 at 1:28 AM

The Perfect Health Diet suggests eating 6 egg yolks a day.

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109 · December 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

oops. Stand corrected. Not sure where I got that from. Poor memory I guess.

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2688 · December 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Actually it's suggests 3 yolks a day unless your are pregnant and then it's 5.

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381 · December 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I am perhaps a bit extreme with regard to eggs, but I eat 12-15 a day fried in beef tallow. I feel great doing it, and my lipids are excellent.

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353 · May 21, 2012 at 2:55 AM

I have been eating 30+ /week and have reduced it to around 20 due to increased blood lipids although my butter and coconut oil consumption was a bigger contributor to that. The argumentation is that hunter-gatherer did not have access to such large quantities of eggs.

This thread gives you overview of how many eggs others are eating.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread52386.html

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45 · May 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Thanks matthew. Still around 40 eggs/week. The problem is that I don't have the time to fix something else in the morning. Have to to some blood tests to see its affect.

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4181 · May 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I just eat the yolks now

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6 · May 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I love making avocado deviled eggs for a snack or meal. Boil 3-4 eggs, scoop out 1/4-1/2 avocado in a bowl, mash with scooped out yolks, add pepper, lemon, mustard, hot sauc, sprinkle salt (whatever), then scoop back into the egg white shells!

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0 · December 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Eggs are very good for your health!

They contain alot of carbohydrate and fibre.

The best eggs are the oval ones .

Always try to eat the most healthy ones that are the white ones that come from north Europe and try to avoid the brown ones because they come from poor countries of africa like nigeria.

You know what they say :An egg a day keep the doctor away

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5775 · July 04, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Eggs are an amazing food. Find the right sources of them. Eat the whole thing. Don't stop unless they give you issues.

I have some Amish folk a few miles away who get me 12-24 a week. They don't last but a few days.

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0 · July 03, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Been consistently eating 7 whole eggs and 8 egg whites (minimum), every single day, for the last 2.5 years and my cholesterol levels were WELL within normal, when I tested it last month.

I also have a low-fat diet and I have been working out for all that time (hence the eggs).

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39821 · October 17, 2011 at 2:02 AM

I usually try to eat 4 pastured egg yolks a day. I hardboil the eggs and pitch the whites. I sometimes get stomach aches from eating whole eggs, but never from eating the yolks. I doubt there is much risk of autoimmunity from eating as many yolks as you want, and they have most of the nutrition anyway.

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1880 · October 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I eat 3 to 4 a day for breakfast -- soft boiled and then topped with coconut oil, paprika and Celtic seasalt.

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2873 · October 16, 2011 at 2:27 AM

Funny I should come across this question right now... for the first time in my life I'm craving eggs and bacon (far different than the refined carb +_sugars combos I used to want)... I already had a 4 egg/3 slices of bacon breakfast doused in butter and I'm feeling kinda leery about having it again for dinner! But the dish is soooooo satisfying!

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3280 · October 16, 2011 at 12:01 AM

I don't think that's too much. I eat 4-6 a day; they're a fantastic nutrition source.

The idea of 1 per day comes from the old idea that dietary cholesterol will jack your body's cholesterol -- for most people this is simply not true. I think people who advise eating only one per day are being overly cautious.

ETA: Try to get them pastured, if budget allows, to improve their nutritional awesomeness. From an article in Mother Earth News, Oct 2007:

• 1/4 less saturated fat (not ideal, but the other bennies make up for it IMO) • 2/3 more vitamin A • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids • 3 times more vitamin E • 7 times more beta carotene

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3280 · October 16, 2011 at 6:41 AM

We don't!! But I didn't want to misquote the data I was sourcing. I don't like to edit other people's work.

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1307 · October 16, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Why would we want less saturated fat?

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3280 · October 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM

...oops, and 1/3 less cholesterol, if you are concerned about that.

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