Eggs – Why Animal Products Harm

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Introduction

Regardless of confused media messages, the facts remain; eggs are not healthy. Egg consumption has been linked to heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and food poisoning. Cutting eggs out of your diet can only benefit your health so why wait?

 

Summary:

  • Egg consumption may increase your risk of heart disease by up to 75 per cent.
  • Eating eggs daily puts you at a higher risk of dying from cancer – by up to 50 per cent.
  • Eggs have been particularly strongly linked to ovarian and prostate cancer.
  • Eating an egg a day may double your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Salmonella food poisoning from eggs is still a risk with British eggs infecting dozens of people every year. Eggs and egg products from other countries may carry an even higher risk.
  • Poultry farms are not environmentally friendly and cause pollution as well as much suffering.

 

Keep reading for detailed information and references!

Heart disease and cholesterol

Egg consumption may increase your risk of heart disease by up to 75 per cent. They raise the risk because of several substances they contain.

Cancer

Egg consumption has been linked to cancer in several ways, it’s best to steer clear of them.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes tends to develop later in life, largely due to an unhealthy lifestyle. However, more and more young people are being diagnosed.

Food poisoning – Salmonella

Salmonella food poisoning from eggs is still a risk with both British and foreign eggs infecting dozens of people every year.

Egg-laying hens and the environment

Chicken farms are bad for the environment – thousands of egg-laying hens are crammed in huge energy-guzzling buildings, fed large amounts of feed and producing tonnes of waste.

How to change your diet

Ditching eggs is not just a healthy choice, it’s also an ethical and sustainable one. If you’re used to meals based around eggs, meat and dairy, the idea of a plant-based diet may be daunting but we’re here to help make it super easy!

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All about eggs

Find all the above and more in Viva!’s resources on eggs and egg farming:

An eye-opening guide about the health impacts of egg consumption, egg-laying hens and Viva! investigations – Cracked.

A factsheet summarising all you need to know about eggs and your health.

A handy chart showing you how to replace eggs in cooking and baking.

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