Are Eggs Good or Bad for Weight Loss?

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published the findings from a recent 14-year study in Japan which concluded, “Limiting egg consumption may have some health benefits, at least in women in geographic areas where egg consumption makes a relatively large contribution to total dietary cholesterol intake.”

Make special note of the word “may” in their conclusion as it basically renders their conclusion moot. You could just as easily say, may, or may not. Nevertheless, the American Egg Board’s Egg Nutrition Center is going crazy over this study because journalists will no doubt start writing about the findings with blazing headlines, “Eat Eggs, More Likely to Die.”

As the book, How to Lie with Statistics points out, you can make study results appear to support just about any conclusion. Let the buyer beware.

The problem with any study is there is never enough control to know what other factors come into play. In the study cited, there was no dietary information taken other than how many eggs participants ate per week.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 80, No. 1, 58-63, July 2004