Eggs Are Still Bad for You

Summary and Critique by Jacqueline Nordmeyer

Summary

The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine has continually fought against the widespread consumption of eggs. Presently, the case still remains the same. Despite the fact that the trusted federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has given the green light for consumption of dietary cholesterol without cause for concern, a doctor in the PCRM, Neal Barnard, objects. He still says that there are "carefully conducted clinical studies" proving that consumption of cholesterol significantly raises blood cholesterol levels, leading to life-threatening diseases of the arteries and the heart. A doctor of Yale's Prevention Research Center disagrees, however. He says that yes, if, for example, you are choosing between eating eggs or eating something healthy and without cholesterol (like oatmeal), it makes sense that it is better to eat the oatmeal, cholesterol-wise. However, the concerns for eggs are not nearly as exaggerated as the PCRM claims they are.

Critique

The author of the article is Caroline Praderio, who writes for eatclean.com and Prevention magazine. She graduated Emerson College and is neither a doctor or medical professional. However, for this article, she included both sides of the argument, so in this case, it is not necessarily her credibility that should be examined, but the contributors to the argument. The conclusion that was made at the end of the article was based on the doctor from Yale's professional opinion. On the surface, the PCRM seems like a reputable source of information. Everyone usually depends on the doctors to tell them correct medical information, and the PCRM is comprised of physicians. However, if one digs deeper into that organization, they will discover that they are not a scientific group. They mainly promote vegan diets, so it makes sense for them to be against the consumption of eggs. If one reads their piece in this article about how the cholesterol in eggs and other animal products translate to negative effects in the body, they might be more inclined to switch to a vegan lifestyle.


Given the choice between a vegan advocacy organization and the director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale, I am more inclined to believe the latter. He did not say that eggs are one hundred percent healthy for everyone, but he did give credibility to the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee which is not specifically influenced by one particular lifestyle like the PCRM is. In the article, the PCRM backs up their evidence by stating that there are several clinical studies that prove their point. However, none of those articles are mentioned. It was only vaguely stated that the Institute of Medicine reviewed those studies. So, after some background research on the PCRM and critically analyzing the words they were publishing in this article, yet not concretely backing them up, I conclude that the PCRM is not a credible source of information and that the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's decision about eggs should stand rather than the PCRM's decision.

Reference

Praderio, C. (2015, Dec. 2). This group of doctors says eggs are still bad for you. They're wrong, right? Retrieved from http://www.eatclean.com/scoops/are-eggs-bad-for-you.