Eating A Lot Of Eggs Might Be Bad Again

Alicia Farmer
March 18, 2019

Still, it offers enough data to "make a strong statement that eggs and overall dietary cholesterol intake remain important in affecting the risk of (cardiovascular disease) and more so the risk of all-cause mortality", physician Robert Eckel, of the University of Colorado, wrote in an editorial in JAMA. An analysis found that consuming 300mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with 17% higher risk of cardiovascular disease and 18% higher risk of death. "And it's been very hard to tease apart the potential harmful effects of high cholesterol in eggs vs other beneficial nutrients", study author Norrina Allen, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in IL, told Gizmodo. She's an associate professor of preventive medicine from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

"We've known for a long time that the yolk in eggs is the main source of cholesterol found in them". And other factors may affect that association. "Still, people may have changed their diet, and we can't account for that".

The link between egg consumption and poorer health went away after accounting for a person's cholesterol intake, suggesting their high cholesterol content was the principle reason behind the increased risk. It is estimated that one large egg contains about 186mg of dietary cholesterol in the yolk. Some people only ate egg whites.

The relationship between eggs and the risks of heart disease and early death is only "modest", he said.

Mickey Rubin is executive director of the American Egg Board's Egg Nutrition Center.

Egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods.

"The inconsistency of this new study with that of other recent studies demonstrates the importance of additional research to further explore this area, including the need to understand the unique contribution of eggs as part of healthy eating patterns set forth in the dietary guidelines for Americans", he added.

Eggs May Be Bad for the Heart, a New Study Says—But There's More to the Story

To put it simply, studies haven't consistently shown that more cholesterol in our diets leads to more cholesterol in the blood, particularly the unhealthier low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which can contribute to clogged arteries and heart disease. The researchers pooled data of 29,615 U.S. racially and ethnically diverse people to understand if eating dietary cholesterol or eggs were linked to cardiovascular disease and death which has been a point of debate for decades. People who love to eat eggs, for instance, might also love eating unhealthier foods like bacon in general. It's a toss-up. Eggs are a good source of nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D, the AHA says.

Basically, it all boils down to this: Eggs - in moderation - can be part of a healthy diet.

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

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"No one food is just cholesterol".

It's been debated for years: Are eggs good or bad for you? "Moderation is the key", Allen said.

"We want to remind people there is cholesterol in eggs, specifically yolks, and this has a harmful effect", said Allen, who cooked scrambled eggs for her children that morning. And unlike some studies, this one included more of a real-world context. He was not involved with the research. You're getting a lot of protein, though you can get that from egg whites too.

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