More than 1 egg a day could increase risk for heart disease

More than 1 egg a day could increase risk for heart disease

You might be forgiven for thinking of eggs as beyond reproach. Still, since higher consumption than average of either cholesterol or eggs is related to an increase in cardiovascular disease incidents like stroke and early death, the new finding is significant when considering the population at large, he said.

The study left egg consumers around the world confused about whether or not eggs are safe for consumption and if yes, then how many eggs should they exactly be consuming on a daily or weekly basis. The answer may upset egg lovers out there who are fond of eating the said product.

The new research, issued in the medical journal JAMA, reignites the contradictory debates surrounding eggs and their health benefits or adverse effects on human health.

And gobbling up three to four eggs each week is associated with a 6 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease - and an 8 percent higher risk of any cause of death.

"Eggs, especially the yolk, is the main source of dietary cholesterol", wrote Victor Jung, lead author of the study and a PhD candidate in the Department of preventive medicine School of medicine at northwestern University Feinberg in Chicago. "People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease". Risks were found with eggs and cholesterol in general; a separate analysis was not done for every cholesterol-rich food.

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 whose who didn't eat eggs.

According to the researchers, people should keep dietary cholesterol intake low by reducing cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs and red meat in their diet.

"We want to remind people there is cholesterol in eggs, specifically yolks, and this has a harmful effect", said Allen, who mentioned that she still cooks scrambled eggs for her children. "These new findings provide one piece of evidence", Allen says.

The researchers examined the data of six American studies, including more than 29 thousand people and which was carried out for 17 years.

The latest US government nutrition guidelines, from 2015, removed the strict daily cholesterol limit.

Moreover, Andersen said, the study is observational, which means it can only show there's an association between egg consumption and heart disease but it can't prove eggs are the culprit. It's a toss-up. Eggs are a good source of nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D, the AHA says.

Wright praised the researchers for using a large sample of people, and taking into account unhealthy risk factors, such as saturated fat intake, when assessing the data.

For instance, one could only choose to eat egg whites instead of whole eggs or to eat the whole eggs in moderation.

The latest USA research on eggs won't go over easy for those can't eat breakfast without them.

The study was supported in part by the American Heart Association and by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute grants R21 HL085375, HHSN268201300046C, HHSN268201300047C, HHSN268201300049C, HHSN268201300050C, HHSN268201300048C of the National Institutes of Health.

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