The topic may come as a surprise for many as we are never concerned about the disadvantages of smoking and foods we eat regularly. Eggs have become an everyday breakfast staple and not just breakfast; they are part of almost every other thing we consume. From your favorite cookies to Caesar salad dressing to mayonnaise to souffles, eggs are part of every other thing we consume today. According to the Poultry World, the global egg production rate has witnessed a 24% growth in the past decade.
The data from Statista reflects that the production volume of eggs exceeded 76.7 million metric tons in 2018, which shows the number of eggs we consume every year. China, the European Union, the USA, and India are the largest contributor to producing eggs as well in terms of yearly consumption. By this trend, the world would need 89 million tons of eggs to meet the global demand.
Not only consuming eggs is unhealthy, but the production of eggs is a cruel industry practice. The hens face extreme confinement and are kept in barren cages to lay eggs. The point to wonder is that how the birds and animals kept in such inhumane conditions can produce something beneficial for human health?
Eating Eggs are as Bad as Smoking
As per the study published in the Journal of Atherosclerosis Research, eating egg yolks speed up the Coronary Heart Diseases (CHD). The report, based on a study, conducted by Canadian researchers who studied fatty build-up in the arteries of 1,262 adults.
The study included an in-depth correlation between smoking history, the number of egg yolks consumed per week, and the amount of time they have been doing it. The research concluded that eating one egg per day is just as bad for your heart as smoking five cigarettes per day.
Should You be Consuming Eggs?
Eggs, especially chicken eggs, are an inexpensive source of protein. Eggs are a staple in the western breakfast regime; however, the countries in the Southeast Asia region has witnessed an upward trend in poultry and related products’ consumption.
However, eggs remain a highly controversial food due to their known impact on human health. One large egg contains about 186 mg of cholesterol, which heightens the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death.