An intriguing conclusion was revealed by a research team that examined the relationship between egg consumption and heart health.
According to the study published in the journal Nutrients, eating 1-3 eggs per week reduces cardiovascular disease risk by 60 percent.
In fact, the study discovered that people who eat 4-7 eggs per week have a 75 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
However, after taking into account sociodemographic, lifestyle, and clinical factors, they only determined a protective role for consuming 1-3 eggs per week.
In other words, the authors came to the conclusion that eating eggs, when part of a healthy diet, may have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease.
Numerous studies have looked into how healthy eggs are, particularly in terms of heart health. Contradictory results have been found, however.
Consuming eggs actually raises cardiovascular risk, according to a number of studies.
A prior review study also attempted to summarize and clarify the science behind this popular food item.
High-quality nutrients found in eggs include proteins, minerals, vitamins, iron, and carotenoids.
They also contain a lot of cholesterol, which is bad for the heart, as well as a lot of saturated fatty acids.
Because of this, it is challenging to say whether eggs are truly good for you or very much the opposite.
The current study asked healthy men and women in Greece about their eating habits regarding eggs. The average age of the 1,514 men who participated in the study was 46, plus or minus 13 years.
As for the 1,528 women, it was 45, plus or minus 14 years.
3042 people took the survey when it first started in 2001.
2020 of these people had their final follow-up health assessments conducted in 2011–2012.
Participants were asked to self-report their monthly egg consumption, either by themselves or as ingredients in recipes.
These numbers were then divided into weekly numbers.
Dr. Angela Zivkovic told Medical News Today that the study has its limitations, however.
“Ask yourself just how well you remember what you ate for breakfast 2 days ago, much less 6 months ago, unless you happen to be somebody who eats the same thing for breakfast every single day. Depending on how well people remember what they ate and/or feel like they should report based on what they believe they are ‘supposed to’ eat, you may be reporting more on the psychology and on the memory than actual food intake. The most important question is ‘what were the people who reported eating 1-3 eggs per day not eating?'” Zivkovic points out.
On the other hand, Zivkovic had some good news as well, explaining that “eggs don’t increase total cholesterol, and can, indeed, improve the cholesterol efflux capacity of HDL particles.”
All that being said, however, it should be well known that eggs may still be an issue for those at risk for heart disease.