As we speak, eggs are one of the most consumed foods, worldwide. Americans, for example, eat an approximative 280 eggs per person, each year, as the US Department of Agriculture reported. And that because several studies came out saying that eggs are not as harmful to the cardiovascular system as people thought. However, a new study revealed the contrary, that eggs might indeed cause heart disease, but when consumed in excess, though.
The new research, issued in the medical journal JAMA, reignites the contradictory debates surrounding eggs and their health benefits or adverse effects on human health. This new study said that too much dietary cholesterol, such as that we intake when consuming too many eggs, is harmful.
“What we found in this study was that if you consumed two eggs per day, there was a 27 percent increased risk of developing heart disease,” explained Norrina Allen from the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University.
Consuming too many eggs might indeed cause heart disease
The researchers followed the health condition of approximately 30,000 adults who participated in long-term studies. But previous researches said that the link between dietary cholesterol and artery-clogging LDL cholesterol is to shallow to conclude that eating eggs is indeed a cause of heart disease. However, Norrina Allen said that “we don’t know as much as we’d like to about how the cholesterol you consume in your diet is translated into the blood.”
The recent research, which is only observational, though, concluded that eating too many eggs might indeed increase the risks of heart disease. But, the downside of the study is that it is based on the answer provided by the participants.
Other nutritionists disagree with the findings. “I tell my students that eating a protein-rich breakfast is one of the best ways of preventing getting hungry,” said Thomas Sherman from Georgetown University School of Medicine, for example.
“I do think that guideline committees will have to take the evidence from this study into account when they’re trying to understand what a healthy – or a moderate – amount of cholesterol would be,” concluded Norrina Allen.