Why do Americans continue to eat a food which can harm them both short term and long term?
In addition to salmonella, eggs are the highest cholesterol food known to man, causing the heart attacks and stroke 33.5 million Americans take statins to avoid. Hello? They are also linked to diabetes, ovarian cancer and contain antibiotic residues.
Yet as unnecessary as eggs are in the diet (baking alternatives exist), as cruel to animals, as banal as a consumer product, demand is kept alive by the egg industry like fur coats.
Ask for an egg-free pastry in otherwise politically correct Starbucks in Chicago and you'll get a blank stare. (Thank you, Argo Tea.)
Last week FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg warned if you eat your eggs runny and over easy something else could become runny and over easy (not to mention sunny side up.)
Krista Eberle of the United Egg Producers' Egg Safety Center agreed, telling USA Today "all the responsibility cannot be placed on the farmer. Somewhere along the line consumers have to be responsible for what they put in their bodies."
While the FDA and egg industry's "boil order" may spare people salmonella's bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting, boiling sewage probably makes it safe too. Before you buy your next carton of eggs, consider this.
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