What The New Egg Study Means For The Beloved Breakfast Food

What The New Egg Study Means For The Beloved Breakfast Food

What The New Egg Study Means For The Beloved Breakfast Food

The researchers followed almost 30,000 adults over three decades and found that eating three or four eggs a week was tied to a 6 percent higher risk of heart disease and an 8 percent risk of dying from any cause.

It was discovered eating an additional 300mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with a 3.2 per cent higher risk of cardio vascular disease and a 4.4 per cent higher risk of early death.

The researchers said their study looked at almost 30,000 racially and ethnically diverse USA adults from six separate studies with as much as 31 years of followup.

They also found that eating three or four eggs a week was associated with a 6 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease incidents and 8 percent higher risk of death generally.

This news might be hard to swallow for some egg lovers, considering the fact that the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans actually encourages the consumption of eggs as part of a healthy eating pattern.

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"Eggs, specially the yolk, are a major source of dietary cholesterol", wrote Victor Zhong, lead author and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

"The fact that studies outside the US appear to show favorable relationships with egg intake and cardiovascular risk may speak to the importance of what other foods are consumed with eggs as part of the overall diet pattern, as recent research has demonstrated the importance of separating eggs from other foods to understand their independent impact on health outcomes", Rubin said in a statement.

A recent Chinese study even concluded cholesterol decreased the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The researchers calculated that those who ate 300 milligrams of cholesterol daily - about 1 ½ eggs - were 17 percent more likely to develop heart disease than those who didn't eat eggs. Risks were found with eggs and cholesterol in general; a separate analysis was not done for every cholesterol-rich food. That's because the average United States adult now gets 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day and eats three or four eggs a week - and their data indicates it's bad for them. According to industry data, the average American will eat more eggs in 2019 than any time for the past 20 years.

For years eggs were shunned because of concerns that their high cholesterol content was bad for the heart. By the end of the follow-up period, the group had experienced 5,400 cardiovascular events and 6,132 deaths from any cause.

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"We know that dietary recall can be awful", said Lee.

The researchers say the culprit is cholesterol, found in egg yolks and other foods, including shellfish, dairy products and red meat.

"Eggs are a nutritious food and, while this study focuses on the amount we're eating, it's just as important to pay attention to how the eggs are cooked and to the trimmings that come with them", said Taylor, who was not involved in the research.

The researchers based their conclusions on what participants said they ate at the start of each study.

The new findings could call for a reevaluation of these recommendations, the authors said.

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"The old advice still stands, eggs in moderation are absolutely fine as a useful source of protein". Of course, cheeseburgers have many other dietary problems, including saturated fat and sodium. "For example, poached eggs on whole-grain toast is a much healthier meal than a traditional fry up".

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