Egg facts that
make us glad we are vegans
In August 2010, a huge salmonella outbreak revealed some egg facts that
egg producers didn't want us to know. Two big factory farms in Iowa
recalled 550 million eggs because of salmonella contamination. At least
1300 people reported illness. There were probably many more people who
got sick but did not report it.
Salmonella in eggs
Salmonella is the most common type of food poisoning from bacteria.
The symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting,
abdominal cramps, and fever. Illness hits between 8 and 72 hours after
you eat contaminated food. It can kill people with weakened
Salmonella bacteria, which come from feces, are often found on the
outside of eggshells. That is one good reason to avoid eggs.
Who wants feces in your kitchen, refrigerator, or on your
Even worse, many chickens are contaminated with salmonella inside their
As an egg forms inside the chicken, salmonella
grows inside the egg.
You can't see it, smell it, or taste it. But it is there.
infected rodents, and contaminated food, often spread the infection to
chickens. These are pretty scary egg facts, aren't they?
Eating raw eggs or soft cooked eggs is dangerous. Of
course, you can kill
salmonella bacteria by cooking eggs well done. But do you really want
to eat a cooked-feces-and-bacteria combination for
breakfast? Yeech. Besides, even eggs that are free of
foods, as you will see from the egg facts that follow:
Egg nutrition facts
are fattening. One large hardboiled egg
weighs 1.76 ounces and
contains 78 calories. It has a calorie density of more than 44 calories
per ounce. For weight loss, our goal is to keep the calorie density of
our diet around 35
calories per ounce or less. See this important
information on the calorie content of foods to understand
are high in fat. One large egg
contains 5.3 g of fat,
which is 61 percent of calories from fat. Again, not a good
food for weight
are high in saturated fat. One large egg
contains 1.63 g of
saturated fat, or about 19 percent of calories from sat fat. Nearly a
third of the fat in an egg is saturated fat. AHA says
to limit sat fat content to less than 7 percent of calories.
are high in cholesterol. One large egg
contains 212 mg of
cholesterol. Since the American Heart Association says we should eat
less than 300 mg cholesterol per day, one egg gets you more than two
thirds of your limit. Of course, we don't need to eat any cholesterol
at all, and vegans don't.
- Eggs contain 32 percent of their calories as
protein. We only need 5
percent of our calories from protein. Eggs are a
concentrated protein source that is hard on our liver and kidneys.
- Eggs contain
absolutely no fiber.
contain no healthy phytonutrients.
- Eggs are the second most common cause of
allergies in children.
Many adults and children have a food
eggs. Symptoms of this food intolerance are abdominal pain and diarrhea.
- Antibiotics given to laying hens are linked
to antibiotic resistance
- Eggs contain
dioxin and other environmental
- People who eat more than 6 eggs per week have
a 23 percent increased
risk over those who eat one egg per week or less.
Nutrition facts - egg white
Although egg whites have a low calorie density, they are not good for
our over all health.
- Egg whites are too high in protein.
Egg whites are 91% protein. Excessive protein causes many health
problems, including osteoporosis. And once you
learn about all the great vegan
protein sources, you will realize that egg whites are totally
unnecessary in your diet.
- The proteins in egg whites can block digestive enzymes.
- Eating a lot of egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency.
The egg industry
Have you read articles that say eggs are healthy, that they do not
raise cholesterol levels? Usually when you see an article like that,
the egg industry funded the study.
start with subjects who are already eating large amounts of
cholesterol from meat and dairy products. They add an egg a day to
their diets. It has little effect on the subjects' (already)
Independent studies on people who eat little or no cholesterol finds
different results. If you add one daily egg to their diet,
cholesterol levels go up significantly. The industry would
also prefer that you not know these egg facts. It is bad for business.
And last, but not least, egg-laying chickens
suffer terribly on factory farms. Don't add to