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#31 – 21 Eggs A Week Blood Test Results, Cholesterol Hyper-Absorbers, Lp(a), and more with John O’Connor

Nowhere in nutrition are the debates more fierce than with eggs. Some claim eating an egg is like “smoking 5 cigarettes,” while others say eggs are a super food. Who is right? What would your blood work look like if you ate 21 eggs a week for one month? It’s hard to say, but we do know that those of us who are cholesterol hyper-absorbers can see greater changes in blood lipids when eating large amounts of dietary cholesterol. In this episode, John discusses his blood work after a 21 eggs a week for one month dietary experiment. The results, especially for his Lp(a) number are surprising.

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This Episode Covers:

  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on eggs and heart disease [1:20];
  • 21 eggs a week diet experiment [5:30];
  • Discussing my APOB result [11:50];
  • Lp(a) particles are cholesterol rich [16:20];
  • Lab tests for measuring hyper absorption [18:00]


Here is a link to the recent American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study on eggs and their impact on blood lipids.

John O'Connor

John O'Connor is the founder of Gene Food, a nutrigenomic startup helping people all over the world personalize nutrition. John is the host of the Gene Food Podcast and a health coach trained at Duke's Integrative Medicine Program. Read his full bio here.

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