By now you may have heard that McDonalds is introducing a healthier yolk-less Egg McMuffin. This of course will do nothing in promoting health since dietary cholesterol, as previously mentioned, has very little to do with serum cholesterol. However, while the claims of health from this new McMuffin are likely to be bunk, the fact that this new sandwich was developed tells us a lot about our existing paradigm; mainly that it hasn’t changed.
McDonalds is one of the most successful companies on the planet and there is no doubt that they must have spent considerable amount of research before the launch of this new McMuffin. Using this new sandwhich as a surrogate, it’s reasonable to conclude that the world still fears dietary cholesterol and believes it is related to heart disease. Not only is dietary cholesterol still feared, but the response online criticizing this move from McDonalds reveals other paradigms still in existence:
McDonald’s says its new Egg White Delight (ugh, even the name seems like a late-in-the-day boardroom compromise) clocks in at 250 calories, according to CNN. But holding the yolk only cuts the calorie count by 50…an original Egg McMuffin has 300 calories. True, without the yolk you’ll skip the cholesterol, but the white cheddar and Canadian bacon will still give you a wake-up call of fat.
And from the CNN Link:
The new sandwich, which contains bacon and white cheddar on a whole grain English muffin, totals 250 calories, according to Proud. That’s compared to the classic Egg McMuffin, which has 300 calories. She added that egg whites will also be offered on the other breakfast sandwiches sold at McDonald’s.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an egg yolk contain 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 213 milligrams of cholesterol, as well as 60 calories, Egg whites, however have no fat or cholesterol, and 15 calories. The USDA recommends that egg yolk consumption should be limited to four yolks per week.
So not only is the paradigm of dietary cholesterol reinforced, but also the paradigm of “a calorie is a calorie” and the paradigm on the horrors of dietary fat. Sad times and a reminder on how far we still are from changing our current knowledge of what really causes heart disease, obesity and diabetes.