I decided to buy Carolyn’s book called “The Endo Diet” and have just started reading it. It is very interesting and if you haven’t already downloaded it, it is worth the read! It tells you which foods you should avoid for Endometriosis and how to then create a diet to give you the best nutrients, avoiding all those foods. I must admit that I initially was just browsing over it, just to get an idea of what it entailed, but half-way through the book it suggested egg replacements for dishes containing eggs.
This was a complete shock to me! Eggs! Out of all the foods we have to cut out to get better with Endo, we now have to cut out eggs too! I tried to find any information as to why eggs would be considered bad for Endo and all I could find is that eggs apparently cause inflammations in our bodies. Hmmmm…
Well, I love eggs and to me they contain way too many good nutrients to simply dismiss them that easily. So, I delved a little deeper and discovered some interesting things about eggs and Endometriosis.
Eggs contain a heap of nutrients that are highly beneficial for us. They contain vitamins and minerals and inhibit platelet aggregation. A study published in Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin proved this. It also showed that it makes the process of turning fibrinogen into fibrin longer. Fibrinogen is a protein in the blood. Fibrin is what we’re fighting against. Fibrin is created when platelets and red and white blood cells are deposited to form a blood clot. Eggs prevent the clotting and they do it by the dose. The more eggs you eat, the less clotting. But note, don’t go out eating crazy amounts of eggs. 2 per day is a good quantity that is beneficial for your health as well as your endo.
What in eggs reduces, yes, actually “reduces” and not increases, inflammation? Choline. 2 eggs contain about 250mg of choline. This is half the recommended dosage for a normal diet. 90% of the American population is choline-deficient. When you’re deficient of choline for a prolonged period of time, men and women develop a fatty liver as well as muscle damage.
The other ingredient found in eggs is licithin. This ingredient actually clears the blood and thereby prevents clotting — huge benefit to Endo!
So, I guess the true test is whether you get any kind of inflammatory response when you eat eggs. Do you feel sore when you eat them? I know I notice that I get sore when I eat them cooked and with bread (protein and carbohydrate combination is not ideal!). When I add a raw egg to a smoothie, I can’t say I notice anything distinctive. It does make my smoothie nice and fluffy though.
I would love to hear your thoughts on eggs and whether you think they are good or bad for Endo. What is your experience? What has your naturopath/practitioner suggested about eggs?