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Omelet Anyone?

Omelet Anyone?

An electric refrigerator helps Mrs. Case keep her eggs fresh in Lauderdale County, Alabama. This photograph for the Tennessee Valley Authority was taken by Arthur Rothstein in June, 1942. View full size.

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I agree with this statement.

I agree with this statement. There are research that backs this up.


The idea that eggs are the ultimate bad cholesterol food is outdated by at least 25 years. Since the early 80s numerous studies have confirmed that patients with high cholesterol who eat three to four eggs a week have fewer heart attacks and strokes than those who avoid eggs.

Eggs contain a significant amount of the essential fatty acids that reduce atherosclerotic buildup. Cardiologists order patients with high cholesterol to reduce the amount of junk food, red meat, and fried food they eat, but few if any these days prohibit boiled or poached eggs, and some suggest eggs as part of a healthy diet.

Eggs from chickens fed soy and corn tend to contain less EFAs than those from chickens fed greens and allowed to forage naturally.

Re: Cholesterol Schmolesterol

Right, and in 1942 the life expectancy was 64.7 for men and 67.9 for women. Today in spite of our sedentary lifestyle life expectancy has increased to 74.3 and 79.8 respectively. Wonder if eating less cholesterol has anything to do with that?

Re: Cholesterol Schmolesterol

No one died from heart disease in 1942? Heart disease was the number 1 killer of Americans before this picture was taken, and has been ever since. Stroke is number 3. Both of these conditions include high blood cholesterol as a major risk factor, and that comes primarily from the foods we eat. However, deaths from HD and stroke have steadily declined since 1942, and so have the amounts of the cholesterol-laden foods we routinely eat (believe it or not.) This, of course, is not a coincidence.

This desk-job wimp just had her cholesterol checked, by the way, and it's excellent.

Cholesterol Schmolesterol

Eating eggs didn't hurt people back then. They got up early and they did hard physical work all day. Breakfast was a big meal. My grandmother often served fried chicken for breakfast so that the men could make to until lunchtime (they called it'dinner' rather than 'lunch') without getting hungry. Dinner was eaten in a hurry and was usually whatever was portable unless they could make it back to the house for dinner without losing too much work time. The evening meal was filling, but probably not as big as breakfast. Then they went to bed with the sun and got up and did the whole thing over again.

People now are wimps who do little physical labor. That's why we have to worry about our cholesterol.

For Selling

I would imagine that they are for selling unless she has a very large family, otherwise I would think that amount of eggs would get old or break before use.

Egg Money

She probably sold the eggs for "egg money", as my nana used to call the extra money that farm/housewives would earn for themselves from ordinary activities, like keeping household chickens. My nana had quite a lot of cash stashed around her house from similar activities when she died, and she considered it HER money, not family money!

Healthy eating

Goodness, her family must have had high cholesterol! Wow.

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