See Dr. Hyman’s article for more.
The problem with eggs is primarily a nutritional and ethical dilemma. Let’s take a closer look.
Male and female chickens lead very different lives.
Since male chicks are unable to produce eggs and don’t grow large or fast enough for meat, they are “of no use” for the profitable farming system. For this reason, they’re ground up alive or killed in other ways shortly after birth.
For the females, they’re forced to molt through starvation in order to lay eggs quicker. Their bodies are treated like commodified products: after only one or two years of producing eggs, many of them are no longer useful for profit and are killed like the males.
Don’t be fooled: cage-free and organic eggs are no better.
Most of the cage-free hens aren’t kept in the tiny wire cages of conventional farms, but they’re still confined in a warehouse for their entire lives. They’re de-beaked, live in dangerous conditions, and literally never see the light of day.
As mentioned in this Vegan Rabbit article, “from a victim’s perspective, they’re exactly the same thing.”
What about the health concern of eating eggs?
Here are some of the health concerns with consuming eggs:
Almost 70% of the calories in eggs are from fat (mostly saturated)
They have zero dietary fiber
A normal-sized egg has 200mg of cholesterol
Seeing as the American Heart Association recommends a daily limit of 300mg of cholesterol, this leaves very little room for other cholesterol-containing foods through the day.Not to mention: cholesterol contributes nothing than cannot be gotten from other, easily available sources. Humans make all the cholesterol we need within our own bodies.
But hold up: this article by Huffington Post points out that eatings eggs, even daily, is not associated with cholesterol problems or heart disease.
Great news, right? Not so fast. What’s not discussed here is eggs’ disreputable history with cancer. This study from the World Health Organization concludes that the consumption of eggs is significantly and positively correlated with mortality from colon and rectal cancers.
Additionally, eating eggs is known to increase the risk of both prostate cancer (National Institutes of Health, 2011) and bladder cancer (International Urology and Nephrology, 2005).See this article from Forks Over Knives for a deeper look into the health troubles caused by eggs.
Similar to farm animal farming, fish farming is a commercial operation where fish are raised for food in confinement instead of being caught in the wild. Under these conditions, the fish develop infections, parasites, stress, and other diseases, which lead to them being fed antibiotics.No surprise - these antibiotics and illnesses are then transmitted to the humans who eat them.
In addition, fish absorb many of the toxic chemicals dumped into our water supply including DDT, toxic metals, and mercury.
Learn more about the toxicity of fish in Troubled Waters: The Case Against Eating Fish.
Even the majority of fish oils available as supplements don’t contain the number of nutrients advertised, as they become highly oxidized during processing. They’re very sensitive to heat, light, and oxygen.