In any other context except the FDA’s flawed label rule, eggs are healthy. We are going to make the FDA reconsider their standards of “healthy” by bringing their ridiculous labeling criteria to the masses.
Words by: Jesse Laflamme
Toaster pastries (Pop-Tarts), flavored gelatin (Jell-O) and fat-free chocolate pudding are all considered “healthy” products, while eggs are not.
That seems like a ridiculous notion and we would agree. But, believe it or not, that is what the FDA says on the matter. Those products may use the claim “healthy” in reference to their products and Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs cannot, despite ample evidence to the contrary. I give a more detailed account of this issue and how it came to pass in a recent post Are Eggs Healthy?
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We are hopeful that with the advances in nutrition science and understanding (including recent dietary guidelines issued by the USDA and Department of Health that encourages egg consumption) the FDA will issue new guidance on eggs. That way, no one who might benefit from the health benefits of eggs will hesitate to eat them based solely on unfounded fears around dietary cholesterol. We fear that this may be deterring people from eating an inexpensive but extremely rich source of protein and essential nutrients. Therefore, with the help of Registered Dietician and founder of Nutritious Life, Keri Glassman, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs is petitioning the FDA to amend the definition of “healthy” to allow it to be used with eggs.
“It is long overdue that eggs be restored to their proper place in Americans’ diets. It’s one of the best sources of natural, nutrient-dense protein you can find, to say nothing of its convenience and flexibility as a food.” states Keri.
Unhealthy eating and obesity are national epidemics. Over the past few years, there has been a tidal wave of consumers waking up to this fact and educating themselves about food. The result has been a move away from processed, artificial foods in favor of simple, whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and natural proteins – like eggs.
We believe that by pushing the FDA on this out-of-date definition, we can help drive this healthy eating trend forward. And you can help!
You can read our full 17-page petition to the FDA to review and change their outdated criteria.
“I am thrilled to support Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs in its effort to work with the FDA in reconsidering some of its outdated and misleading regulations that keep eggs from getting the ‘healthy’ label. Nutrient-dense whole foods like eggs, avocados, and salmon are important additions to a healthful diet and Americans should be eating more of them as well as be encouraged to avoid sugar-packed, processed foods that are filled with unhealthy ingredients, but can still be labeled as ‘healthy.’” —Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, Read Keri's 5 Smart Reasons to Eat Eggs Every Day
SOURCE: Table adapted from the US Food & Drug Administration’s Guidance For Industry. A food labeling guide. Appendix B: Additional requirements for nutrient content claims: www.fda.gov | April, 2013
July 16, 2018
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July 15, 2018
Fresh (unprocessed), organic, non GMO, free range (when appropriate), and with no additives should be required "ingredients" for all foods FDA determines healthy. Foods containing additives for preservation, etc. should contain health warnings.
Hi Anne, great points here. It's time for the FDA to push for more transparency in all food labeling. Thanks for joining the conversation!
July 13, 2018
Eggs are healthy!
So glad you agree, Susan!
July 08, 2018
Here is a simple way to help determine if a food is healthy....if it is found in nature (animal or plant) then it is likely healthy. If it is not, then it is not healthy. Eating whole foods and avoiding processed foods isn't as hard as you would think. Sugar and salt are found in nature.....but, they are so overly processed including heated to high temperatures that they lose their healthy properties. Go natural, go organic, go non-GMO, eliminate added sugar and salt. You will lose weight, have more energy, sleep better, and feel better overall. I've recently done this and I feel the best I've felt in 10 years!!!!
July 09, 2018
Jason, you're right on the money. How can natural foods like eggs, avocado, and salmon be unhealthy while toaster pastries, canned soup, and pudding is considered good for us? Like you, we believe that natural, unprocessed foods are better for our bodies, and it's time to help the FDA see that!
July 02, 2018
My gauge as to whether something is healthy or not is: Did God create it? Yes = Healthy No = not so much. Eggs = Healthy! Vegetables = healthy, etc.
Anything that man manufactures is generally unhealthy because they have been modified from what worked for years. Sugar = poison, and they put it in everything just to keep us addicted.
July 10, 2018
Okay I don't mean to sound like I'm just totally uneducated but seriously what can you use that is safe instead of sugar and what can you use instead of salt that is safe and what does non GMO mean I'm so sorry LOL
These are fantastic questions, Gail! Some folks prefer to use natural sweeteners like agave nectar in place of white sugar, but everyone has their own dietary needs and preferences, so it's all about finding substitutions that work for you. For those who are watching their salt intake, it can be helpful to switch our salt for salt-free seasonings, dried herbs, and spices. This is a great way to add flavor to a dish without upping the sodium content. To answer your last question, non GMO means that no genetically modified organisms were used to produce that food. Non GMO eggs, for example, are eggs laid by hens whose feed is free of genetically modified ingredients. We hope this helps!
June 30, 2018
The whole US food pyramid is wrong. Eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can find.
July 03, 2018
We agree, Shauna. The food pyramid definitely seems outdated and in desperate need of some reassembly. We hope that petitions like ours along with the voiced concerns of consumers like you will prompt the FDA (and even the USDA) to begin rethinking some of the misinformed information that they're putting out there.
June 28, 2018
Factual, scientific study based information about why eggs aren't legally considered healthy. Please stop misleading people.
Appears there's some controversy over nutrition facts??? No misleading here....
Thank you so much for sharing this source, Lisa! We love that Harvard takes into account the differences between egg carton labels, noting that the welfare of the hens is an important factor.
Head's up, FDA....eggs are egg-cellent!
Bad foods now good eggs
Out with the old: Egg yolks are high in cholesterol, which means eating them will raise your cholesterol levels, putting you at risk for heart disease.
In with the new: New research has found that cholesterol levels in our bodies are impacted by the types of fats in our food, not as much from the dietary cholesterol content.
When it comes to eggs, it seems we've been given scrambled messages. Many of us opt for egg whites over whole eggs because word on the street is that the yellow contains too much cholesterol and raises the risk of heart disease, which scientists now know isn't really the case. In fact, eating the whole egg can help keep you slim. The yolk contains a nutrient called choline that boosts metabolism and turns off belly fat genes. Not to mention, yolks contain nutrients that may help lower the risk of heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, folate and riboflavin.
June 29, 2018
You did your homework! Nice information!
June 27, 2018
Luv pastured eggs! I eat them almost everyday with butter, ezekiel bread and avocado. YUM! I'm healthy and thin. Praise Jesus!
Cheers to a healthy life filled with good food, Leah! We love that you've been able to find a diet full of healthy whole foods like eggs and avocados that works for you.
June 26, 2018
My favorite healthy brEGGfast is an egg fried in butter with onions and peppers in my cast iron skillet. My HDL/LDL numbers are right where they should be.
Hi Mary! We LOVE to hear stories like yours. That sounds like a splendid way to start breakfast and oh, so perfect over the cast iron skillet.
June 25, 2018
I eat eggs everyday it’s protein,VitD,&other important vitamins! Oh my cholesterol is good! I’m 65!
That's awesome, Kathi! We can't tell you how much we love hearing how helpful eggs have been for so many folks of all ages. For some, a consistent diet that includes eggs has actually helped LOWER blood cholesterol levels - that's a win-win!
It's sad that our government is so tied to big industry. Our obesity rates are sadly high because of the diet the government and industry has pushed. Thanks for increasing awareness.
Great points there. We agree that the FDA has outdated standards for what counts as "healthy." We think change is needed in many areas and with the support of many consumers, we hope to make a positive impact when it comes to these issues.
The FDA is looking for kickbacks and payoffs, the FDA is a dirty & corrupt government organization.
The FDA is stupid - time to defund it!
June 24, 2018
I'm a holistic health care practitioner and have heard the half-story about eggs for decades. Yes, egg yolks contain cholesterol. But what isn't exposed in the propaganda is that the white contains lecithin which emulsifies and breaks down cholesterol. Eggs from hens allowed to roam and peck on wholesome food as nature intended are a perfect food. The following quote from https://alive.com explains it well. This is another case of ~ a little information is dangerous ~.
"Eggs have been condemned, their high lecithin and methionine content ignored, yet lecithin is an essential part of our diet. It emulsifies fat, breaking it down to smaller fat droplets. This action speeds up and improves the digestion of fats by enzymes because the surface area is increased. Lecithin aids liver function, keeps the arterial lining free from cholesterol and prevents kidney and gallstones from forming. Methionine is also essential in the formation of nucleic acid of the genetic material of every cell. It’s a powerful antioxidant, assists in gall-bladder function and detoxifies heavy metals and excess histamine levels from the body."
These are some really fantastic points, Brenda. Thank you so much for sharing this quote as well - we couldn't have said it better!
June 23, 2018
I want to be more Healthier
June 19, 2018
By swallowing whole eggs once a day healthy?.
June 18, 2018
If a person has ever stayed in a hospital for a prolonged time, they give you eggs and a couple strips of bacon or sausage links for breakfast...not highly processed pop tarts. I received pats of real butter, not margarine that is another "not healthy" food item, I declined the fake stuff and asked for fresh fruit when available. I asked the dietitian to order "real stuff". I didn't want the low-calorie salad dressing because it was full of excessive salt, sugar and chemicals to make it palatable. I got real whole milk or 2 oz. of 1/2 and 1/2 with my morning coffee. As far as I'm concerned, if it comes in a box, bag, bottle, can or with a list of ingredients I can't easily pronounce, it's not going into my shopping cart.
Bacon & sausage are healthy???
June 21, 2018
Well said, Virginia. Thanks for joining the conversation!
June 17, 2018
Is the ketchup in school lunches still a "vegetable", or did that wall already get torn down, too? Healthy policy crafted under a cabinet that ran on jelly beans, drug trafficking, and arms dealing is not healthy.
Take me home, Nancy.
June 16, 2018
The US GOVERNMENT IS CURUPT TO THE CORE AND ACTIVELY WORKS AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
June 15, 2018
If chicken is a healthy food, why would not eggs be?
June 11, 2018
Egg farmers clearly aren’t paying the FDA gangsters and criminals enough money to call eggs healthy. Big Sugar has this “play for pay” stuff down to a science. The FDA is not our friend.
June 10, 2018
I heard that raw eggs in a cup of milk is good for you; Is this true? I would think absolutely.
Hi Christina, that's a great question! We can't recommend that you eat our eggs raw, since they're unpasteurized. That being said, some folks find that adding raw eggs to a smoothie or a cup of milk is a good way to get a quick boost of protein in the morning!
Dearest FDA committee,
Please consider updating for usage of this simple term. Thank you.
June 05, 2018
Eggs are healthy, plain and simple. Do they have cholesterol? Yup. However, there have been ample studies conducted that prove beyond question that the cholesterol in eggs isn’t the boogie monster we’ve been lead to believe. Eggs are a low calorie, low fat, high protein, affordable, portable food. Eat up in good health!
You hit the nail on the head, John! Thank you for helping to debunk the cholesterol myth.
June 01, 2018
Of course you will say they’re healthy because that’s your business! And you pay so much $$$ to be on top of google searches, smfh!!!
June 04, 2018
Hi there, thank you for joining the conversation! When we decided to put forth this petition, our primary goal was (and still is) to inform consumers and help debunk the myths that are being upheld by the FDA's labeling guidelines. Even those who choose not to consume eggs are being misled by these very practices, so this issue affects all of us: according to the FDA’s regulations on labeling, certain sugar-packed foods, such as toaster pastries and pudding cups, are permitted to market themselves as “healthy,” but foods that are widely known to be nutritious, such as eggs, salmon and avocados, are not. While it's true that we've chosen to speak specifically on eggs, it's our hope that this petition will help bring regulations in line with reality and advocate for meaningful change on behalf of ALL consumers. Let us know what you think!
June 06, 2018
I know it's kinda dumb that the FDA considers TV dinners "healthy" and stuff like eggs and fish and avacodos "unhealthy"