Does eating eggs increase the risk of cardiovascular disease? It’s the question that’s scientists have been trying to crack (sorry) for years.
It’s thought that, due their cholesterol content, eggs can heighten the chances of strokes and heart disease. However, according to a US team, there is no significant link. Measuring the diets of over 200,000 men and women who averaged one to five eggs a week for 32 years, they found no association between egg intake and risk of cardiovascular disease.
Published in The British Medical Journal, the findings did suggest that people who ate more than one egg a day had a higher risk, but these people also tended to chow down on more red meat and have a higher body mass index.
“The results from our cohort study and updated meta-analysis show that moderate egg consumption [up to one egg per day] is not associated with cardiovascular disease risk overall,” said study author Dr Jean-Philippe Drouin-Chartier. “Results were similar for coronary heart disease and stroke.”
As any Men’s Health reader will know, eggs are great source of protein, iron and unsaturated fatty acids, and while this study is significant, we shouldn’t put all our eggs in the shopping basket right away – predominantly eating one food source over anything else isn’t healthy.
Speaking about the results of the study, Professor Andrew Odegaard at the University of California, said “If frequent eggs consumption is occurring in the context of an overall dietary pattern known to be cardio-protective, or eggs are being consumed for essential nutritional needs, then it is probably nothing to worry about.
Lead researcher Dr Dominik Alexander, of the EpidStat Institute, believes more research is needed to truly understand the connection between egg consumption and stroke risk, but does acknowledge that eggs have many positive attributes, including antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation – two key markers of intense exercise.
Eggs can and should be part of a well-balanced diet, but, as with everything, should be eaten in moderation.
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