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Eggs Are Healthy

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

Reclaiming Healthy

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.

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“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We believe that by pushing the FDA on this out-of-date definition, we can help drive this healthy eating trend forward.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

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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

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Bill fleming

June 19, 2018

By swallowing whole eggs once a day healthy?.

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Virginia Moore

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.

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SC

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.

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Gazoo

June 16, 2018

The US GOVERNMENT IS CURUPT TO THE CORE AND ACTIVELY WORKS AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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Rountas

June 15, 2018

If chicken is a healthy food, why would not eggs be?

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Cathy Harvey

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.

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Christina

June 10, 2018

I heard that raw eggs in a cup of milk is good for you; Is this true? I would think absolutely.

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Crystal Carpenter

June 10, 2018

Dearest FDA committee, Please consider updating for usage of this simple term. Thank you.

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John

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!

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Wise Analyst

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!!!

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[email protected]

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!

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Concerned for Humanity

June 17, 2018

https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/eggs/ https://nutritionfacts.org/2015/03/26/peeks-behind-the-egg-industry-curtain/ Eggs aren't healthy. Please stop misleading people.

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Chris

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"

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