We’ve been hearing it all the time lately: Eggs have too much cholesterol and they’re not good for us. Therefore you should eat them like caviar – once in a blue moon. Well, a new study tells us it is now safe to eat them, so crack away! Eggs do not cause heart attacks.
A new study was recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and it explains that high-cholesterol foods are not as dangerous as they were initially perceived.
A group of Finnish researchers decided to debunk this myth by conducting an investigation on over 1,000 men of good health condition, from 42 to 60 years old. A third of these participants carried an ApoE4 gene variant which increased the risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
This was a 21-year long study, during which the participants’ diets were examined through a series of questions and other methods of research. What they discovered was that 230 men from the group had developed coronary artery disease.
All the men from the study had a cholesterol intake of approximately 2,800 milligrams each week, with a significant portion of this coming from eggs. Apparently, all of them were eating around four eggs per week.
Considering the fact that an egg has about 180 milligrams of cholesterol, this means that the participants were getting more than 700 mg of cholesterol per week from eggs alone.
The researchers tried to correlate these findings with the incidence of cardiovascular disease, while taking into account various factors, such as age, BMI, education, diabetes and hypertension.
Their analysis, however, revealed no connection between eggs or high cholesterol foods in general and cardiovascular disease. This was true both for ApoE4 carriers and for non-carriers.
According to Jyrki Viranen, who is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland, a moderate level of cholesterol on a weekly basis does not appear to increase the risk of heart disease, not even for the people who are more inclined to develop such illnesses.
Despite all the controversy surrounding them, it is perhaps worth mentioning that eggs have a surprisingly long list of benefits. They are said to be a great source of protein, which leads to healthy bones, muscles, skin and blood.
Eggs also have another powerful nutrient, which is Vitamin B2. This is important for a normal functioning of the cells and for energy production.
On top of this, they are incredibly rich in calcium, phosphorous, iron and lecithin, which makes them one of the top superfoods out there.
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