Skip to comments.Eating Eggs When Pregnant Affects Breast Cancer In Offspring
Posted on 12/02/2008 11:40:27 PM PST by fightinJAG
ScienceDaily (Dec. 2, 2008) A stunning discovery based on epigenetics (the inheritance of propensities acquired in the womb) reveals that consuming cholinea nutrient found in eggs and other foodsduring pregnancy may significantly affect breast cancer outcomes for a mother's offspring.
This finding by a team of biologists at Boston University is the first to link choline consumption during pregnancy to breast cancer. It also is the first to identify possible choline-related genetic changes that affect breast cancer survival rates.
"We've known for a long time that some agents taken by pregnant women, such as diethylstibesterol, have adverse consequences for their daughters," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "But there's an upside. The emerging science of epigenetics has yielded a breakthrough. For the first time, we've learned that we might be able to prevent breast cancer as early as a mother's pregnancy."
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for the chillen!
That’s some projection - 30+ year span of compatible data?
Interesting info.... but what a poorly written article! You have to get to the 4th paragraph to get any clear idea of whether the egg/choline connection is thought to promote more breast cancer or reduce the incidence or poor outcomes for breast cancer. Before that they author keeps saying “affects”..... well affects HOW, good or bad, helpful or harmful?
I am always suspicious of how much things affect rats has much correlation to how much things affect humans.
We are very, very different.
That said, my mom ate a lot of eggs, so yay.
"Studies" like these are only to keep grant money coming in.
I won't bother to wade through it then. I do wonder how reliable the info is. The pregnant-women-eating-eggs group would seem to be enormous vs the likely vegetarians who may very well have various nutritional deficits because of their diet. Seems like it would be hard to pin down anything concrete.
>> “Studies” like these are only to keep grant money coming in.
Exactly - we need to conduct a study on behalf of FR about the positive effects of pajama blogging. A 4 year grant should be sufficient.
” “But there’s an upside. The emerging science of epigenetics has yielded a breakthrough. For the first time, we’ve learned that we might be able to prevent breast cancer as early as a mother’s pregnancy.”
I wonder if this kind of scientific advance makes homosexual activists nervous about their movements future?
I sort of got the idea the writer was attempting to build suspense-—would it or would it not cause breast cancer?
Must have been a slow day at Science Daily. lol
I sure hope we’re different from rats! Except maybe for the DemocRATs who are at least close cousins of the lab rats....
I’m no scientist but my understanding is that there are some key genetic similarities among mammals that make almost any studies of other mammals potentially relevant to knowledge of humans. But since we so obviously are NOT rats there must be some layers of interpretation and further study of humans before anything can be known with confidence.
Which came first - the breast cancer or the egg?
I like suspense in other contexts such as mystery novels, but for journalism I prefer to see the “inverted pyramid” in which the essentials come first, with a strong topic sentence and a 1st paragraph the outlines the gist of the article.
No, I think these are the same bozos who said we were going to be in a ice age due to carbon emmisions, now we find out out we are heating up?
All that grant money to tell us that climate changes, and has been since the beginning of time.
Pregnant women can eat fifty eggs.
Yes, irritating. Probably thinks it's cute to let the suspense build. Like, "Is you TV killing your dog? The answer a 11!"
We never fell for the eggs/cholesterol connection around here. Mainly because my husband eats at least 3 eggs a day and his cholesterol readings have always been low. The only difference in our diets is I don’t eat eggs every morning for breakfast, and my cholesterol readings are higher than his...so long ago, we dismissed the notion that eggs equal high cholesterol.
They’ve put patients on diets high in eggs precisely to test the outcome.
From what I’ve read, in almost every case the HDL goes up and the LDL goes down.
Plus eggs have a high content of lecithin which naturally helps arteries and the circulatory system in general.
Alot of body builders take 5-10 grams of lecithin a day in addition to whatever they get in their diet. It’s really a kind of essential nutrient, even though it has never been labeled as such.
Correlation is not causation.
Agreed. Extremely poorly written title. Maybe the mods can add at the end (slows tumor growth) or somesuch.
Bingo on my above post about lecithin.
Lecithin is phosphated choline. Choline is part of acetycholine, one of the primary brain neurotransmitters.
Here’s that choline stuff! I guess I should eat eggs.
And two dozen doughnuts.
But eating Tofu and beansprouts is just dandy.
Until I read the above quote from the article, I thought that moms eating eggs while pregnant meant their daughters were more likely to have breast cancer, when instead, the opposite appears to be true.
This is typical of all news today - they can’t use nouns and verbs to describe what is in a story. Instead they beat around the bush hoping to get the customer to watch the weather, even it the is not full of bad storms or to read 400 words into a 600 story that could be told in two paragraphs of 200 words. They miss the point - tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them the facts, then tell them what you told them. /rant off
I have read that, in the presence of lecithin, cholesterol melts at room temperature. Do you have any idea whether that is true or not?
I agree! Do the eggs have a positive or negative affect on the offspring?
Yep. Make the bottom line your top line when writing articles such as this.
31 years ago when I was pregnant, my midwife told me to think of eggs as big vitamin pills and to make sure I ate two every day.
You're behind the times--we're now cooling off.
Leftists are extremely gullible believing food studies and health claims. They will eat or not eat anything based on what someone wearing a lab coat says, no matter how far fetched.
Oh yea, I can’t keep up with the “climate change”! LOL
Wait a while. It will change again.
True, but if you can reasonably create the correlation (e.g., eat, or at least, don’t avoid eggs while pregnant), without doing or eating something wacky, why not? Then if eggs are the cause of the benefit, great. If they’re simply correlated with the benefit, no problem either.