WASHINGTON—“So you want to be careful with your heart? Skip the eggs.” In a newly released video, that’s the message Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—has for singer Justin Bieber, who soon will be roasted on Comedy Central. The video and a new report on the dangers of cholesterol are available at TheTruthAboutEggs.org.
“I hear you’ve been having some trouble with eggs,” says Dr. Barnard referring to a promotional ad for the Comedy Central roast. “Well, you’re not alone. Eggs are trouble, pure and simple.”
The video lets Bieber know that if he wants to stay healthy for a lifetime he shouldn’t follow the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recent recommendation that “cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”
“Just one egg has more cholesterol than an 8-ounce steak. And according to the Institute of Medicine, the more cholesterol there is on your plate, the more cholesterol there is in your blood, and the higher your risk of heart problems,” warns Dr. Barnard. “They’re also filled with fat. Nearly 20 percent of the calories in an egg come from saturated fat – that’s bad fat – that increases your risk of health problems, including heart disease.”
In a petition filed Feb. 19 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services, the Physicians Committee asked that the DGAC’s findings on cholesterol be disregarded because it deferred entirely to a 2013 report by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology and one meta-analysis of egg consumption. The reliance on the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology report does not comply with the spirit of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which sets standards for bias among federal advisory committees.
“In honor of Mr. Bieber’s comedy roast, I wanted to use a bit of humor to send a serious message to him and his fans,” says Dr. Barnard. “You’re never too young or too old to learn the lesson that eggs are heartbreakers.”
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.