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"It's Time for the FDA to Get with the Program"



(p. A14) Are eggs good for you or not?

It's never been more confusing for consumers to answer that seemingly simple question. Vilified for years for their high cholesterol content, eggs more recently have broken back into dietary fashion. Nutrition experts today are touting eggs' high levels of protein, essential vitamins and nutrients like brain-booster choline.

Government guidelines sometimes contradict nutrition experts' advice as they play catch up with the latest scientific findings. Dietary advice from the U.S. departments of agriculture and health and human services includes eggs as part of a healthy diet, but also says cholesterol intake should be as low as possible. And the Food and Drug Administration says that eggs are too high in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol to be labeled "healthy" by food marketers.

It's such a scrambled issue that one egg brand is petitioning for an official government reassessment of eggs. "There's so much new science out there about eggs, it's time for the FDA to get with the program," says Jesse Laflamme, chief executive of Pete and Gerry's Organics, who filed a citizen's petition urging the agency to rethink its ban on calling eggs "healthy."



For the full commentary, see:

Ellen Byron. "The Great Egg Conundrum." The Wall Street Journal (Wednesday, June 13, 2018): A14.

(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date June 12, 2018, and has the title "The Great Egg Debate: Are They Healthy or Not?")






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