|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Are Eggs Dairy?
Kat Lindstrom firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: "Okay I have stopped with milk and butter; now I am wondering are there any reasons not to eat eggs? Or are they 'okay'?" Dear Kat, Eggs are sold in the DAIRY section of the supermarket, but since they do not come out of a cow's udder, (they emerge from a chicken's, er, oh, you-know what) I do not consider them to be dairy. If giving up milk and dairy products for you represents the first step of a major dietary change, continue to eat your eggs. I do not personally eat eggs because of health and ethical issues. I will not discuss the ethical issues here. If you seek more information in that regard, please visit Karen Davis's site: http://www.upc-online.org I am primarily concerned with your body and your health. When rotten eggs begin to smell, there is no greater offensive smell. That's because they contain so much sulfur. Animal proteins contain an excess of the amino acid, methionine (which converts to homocysteine). The center atom of these two aminos is sulfur. When you eat these animal proteins, they create an acid condition in your blood. Imagine the essence of stinky rotten eggs infusing into your bloodstream. We cannot afford to lose bone density, but this is how your body compensates, by leeching calcium from your bones to neutralize the acid. Dr. William Castelli, lead researcher of the Framingham heart study (America's largest heart study) calls homocysteine the key to all heart disease. So, that is why I avoid eggs, even though I once loved to eat them. Combined with the way they are produced, and the concentrated chemicals within, I've eliminated them from my diet. My advice to you: Continue to eat them for now, as they are a comfort food. Continue to eat them until you completely eliminate all milk and dairy, and can live comfortably with that...for at least 30 days. Then consider your alternatives. If you were eliminating one food group at a time, with the goal of eating a plant-based diet as I do, here is the order that I would advise seeing you give up food groups: FIRST: Eliminate all milk and dairy SECOND: Eliminate all poultry and eggs THIRD: Eliminate all seafood FOURTH: Eliminate all pork FIFTH: Eliminate all beef As a rule, the higher up one goes on the food chain, the more concentrated are the toxins, heavy metals, pesticides, dioxins, and PCBs in their flesh and body fluids. Chickens are so filled with dangerous antibiotics, and the processing of poultry creates bacteria-filled carcasses, that I place poultry as the next food group to give up after milk and dairy.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (email@example.com)
Dairy Education Board
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