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Do you remember how for years, doctors warned us not to eat eggs because they would raise our cholesterol, give us heart disease and leave us to die of a heart attack or stroke?
Boy, were they wrong!
First, research proved that the dietary cholesterol we get from eggs doesn’t make much difference when it comes to the circulating cholesterol in our blood (which is the one we have to worry about).
Then scientists in Finland demonstrated that the egg was in no way associated with greater risk for stroke or heart disease.
Researchers even managed to prove that eggs are a rich source of a compound that can lower blood pressure comparable to pharmaceutical drugs.
And if those weren’t enough to have you loving your morning scrambled, sunny-side-up or over-easy favorites again, there’s more.
Recent research is proving that eating just a single egg per day could actually reduce your risk of the heart disease your doctor warned you about.
Leveling up heart-healthy metabolites
Research out of Peking University explored how egg consumption affects markers of cardiovascular health in the blood.
“Few studies have looked at the role that plasma cholesterol metabolism plays in the association between egg consumption and the risk of cardiovascular diseases, so we wanted to help address this gap,” explains first author Lang Pan, MSc.
So his team set out to follow almost 4,800 participants, using targeted nuclear magnetic resonance to measure a whopping 225 metabolites in their blood and how egg consumption affected their levels.
And their study was a big win for egg lovers everywhere.
Their results showed that people who ate a moderate amount of eggs (even just one a day) benefitted in three specific ways. They had:
- Higher levels of a protein in their blood called apolipoprotein A1– This is important because the protein is a building block of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or the “good cholesterol” that serves to protect against heart disease).
- More large HDL molecules in their blood – Large HDL molecules help clear cholesterol from the blood vessels, protecting against blockages that can lead to heart attacks and stroke.
- Higher levels of beneficial metabolites – After identifying 14 metabolites linked to heart disease, the researchers found that participants who ate fewer eggs had lower levels of beneficial metabolites and higher levels of harmful ones in their blood.
“Together, our results provide a potential explanation for how eating a moderate amount of eggs can help protect against heart disease,” says author Canqing Yu, Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Peking University. “More studies are needed to verify the causal roles that lipid metabolites play in the association between egg consumption and the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
The benefits keep stacking up
It looks like adding eggs to your daily diet could be one of the best things you can do for your heart.
And as luck would have it, eating eggs also offers additional benefits that can’t be ignored.
Eating eggs can help you boost muscle and shed pounds.
The once-vilified breakfast food can help beat back diabetes risk.
Eggs can even help your body absorb a powerhouse antioxidant found in other foods you eat that can fight the free radicals that contribute to disease, while boosting your immune system, improving blood flow and preventing blood clots.
So crack up some heart health (and full body health) benefits when you crack up those eggs for breakfast.
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How eating eggs can boost heart health – ScienceDaily