It’s unanimous: Eggs lower cholesterol, heart disease and stroke risk

Remember the days when eating whole, natural, delicious eggs was a heart-health no-no? You got stuck eating bland egg-white omelets, dry toast and artificially-flavored low-fat yogurt for breakfast. Yuck.

Thankfully, those days are long gone. More and more research proves that eggs don’t harm your heart. In fact, they may even help it…

Last year, a study showed that eating eggs daily increased the amount of HDL “good” cholesterol in the blood stream. It also made LDL cholesterol particles large and buoyant rather than small and dense. This simple change in particle size makes LDL (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) harmless, because research shows it’s the small, dense LDL particles that get stuck in artery walls and lead to blockages.

Now, a new study shows that eating eggs actually reduces your risk of heart disease. This is a major win for lovers of flavorful breakfasts everywhere!

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The heart-protecting power of eggs

A team of researchers from China and the UK found that eating an egg a day lowers cardiovascular disease risk.

Researchers looked at data from 416,213 healthy, Chinese adults between 30 and 79 years old. They found that after about nine years, 83,977 of these people had developed cardiovascular disease, 9,985 died from cardiovascular disease and 5,103 experienced major coronary events.

But guess who was less likely to be among these unfortunate people? Egg eaters, that’s who!

People who ate an average of one egg per day had a 26 percent lower risk of haemorrhagic stroke, a 28 percent lower risk of dying from haemorrhagic stroke and an 18 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. They also had a 12 percent lower risk of ischaemic heart disease.

So, if you’re still hesitant to eat eggs regularly because of cholesterol and heart disease, throw those fears out the window. Eggs are healthy!

Besides the fact that they help rather than hurt your cholesterol profile, they’re also packed with high-quality protein, vitamins and beneficial bioactive components like phospholipids and carotenoids.

Eat more eggs

So, eggs were good for your heart all along. And to think, you ate all those bland breakfasts for nothing.

Now that you know eggs are good for you, you can find fun ways to fit more into your diet.

Scrambled or over-easy eggs for breakfast is a classic choice, but eggs can easily get boring if you eat them the same way every day. Personally, my favorite snack is a hard-boiled egg with a dash of sea salt. I also like egg salad sandwiches on occasion.

Another great way to eat more eggs is to throw scrambled egg in your veggie stir fry or have an over-easy egg on top of a Korean-style rice bowl. You can also add hard-boiled egg to your salad. Or whip up a quiche, frittata, whole grain French toast or deviled eggs.

Truthfully, the different ways to devour this heart-healthy food are endless. So, eat up and enjoy!

Editor’s note: While you’re doing all the right things to protect your brain as you age, make sure you don’t make the mistake 38 million Americans do every day — by taking a drug that robs them of an essential brain nutrient! Click here to discover the truth about the Cholesterol Super-Brain!

Sources:

  1. Daily egg consumption may reduce cardiovascular disease — MedicalXpress. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  2. Qin et al. “Associations of egg consumption with cardiovascular disease in a cohort study of 0.5 million Chinese adults.” — Heart, 2018.

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.