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If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not eggs are not only healthy but safe when it comes to your heart, you’re not alone.
In fact, for the last two decades, there’s been an on-going debate that changes so quickly it could make your head spin about whether eggs should or should not be included in a heart-healthy diet plan.
Well now, thanks to a brand new study by researchers at McMaster University, the controversy about whether eggs are good or bad for your heart health may have finally been solved.
So, if you love your eggs, whether sunny side up, scrambled, fried, or deviled, read on to find out if eating them can help keep your heart ticking and if so, how many you can enjoy daily.
Eggs, cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes
That team of researchers from the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) at McMaster University along with colleagues from Hamilton Health Sciences dug through mounds of data from three large, long-term multinational studies.
Yup, this was no flash-in-the-pan study but a serious effort.
The team tracked the egg consumption of a whopping 177,555 people from 50 countries spanning six continents across the world. And, according to the team, since the data involved so many different populations at all levels of incomes, the conclusion the researchers came to is widely applicable — meaning it should work for all of us.
So, what was that conclusion?
Well, it all came down to this…
There is no harm from consuming eggs — at least as long as you stay at about one egg per day.
Yup, enjoy those eggs, but no more than seven a week!
In fact, according to Mahshid Dehghan, first author and a PHRI investigator, “Moderate egg intake, which is about one egg per day in most people, does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or mortality even if people have a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes.”
Even better, she went on to conclude that the study found zero association between egg intake and blood cholesterol, its components, or other risk factors.
In other words, eating eggs doesn’t raise your cholesterol.
And, the team says this is true, whether you’re completely healthy or are already living with vascular disease.
Different studies, different recommendations
But, if this is true, and as we all know eggs are an inexpensive way to get a lot of vitamins and essential nutrients we need every day, why do some guidelines recommend that you only eat three eggs a week or less? And, why do you still hear those warnings that eating eggs is bad for your heart?
Well, hold on a second because the team was able to answer those questions as well.
They say that because previous studies on egg consumption and heart disease have been contradictory, those recommendations were basically nothing more than a safety measure — one that it turns out we just don’t need.
That’s because the only reason that the studies couldn’t agree before was that they were “relatively small or moderate in size and did not include individuals from a large number of countries.”
Put simply, those old studies weren’t big enough or extensive enough to come to any reliable conclusions.
But, this latest research certainly didn’t suffer from the same shortcomings and now we have our answer to the old egg dilemma. The verdict is that about one egg per day is completely fine.
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- An egg a day not tied to risk of heart disease — EurekAlert