Do eggs truly affect our cholesterol and heart health?
According to a recent review conducted by a team of researchers from the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences found the answer by analyzing data from three large, long-term multinational studies.
The results suggest there is no harm from consuming a moderate amount of eggs on a daily basis.
"Moderate egg intake, which is about one egg per day in most people, does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or mortality even if people have a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes ... Also, no association was found between egg intake and blood cholesterol, its components or other risk factors.
These results are applicable to both healthy individuals and those with heart disease (details are published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).
Previous studies on egg consumption and diseases have been contradictory, because most of the studies were relatively small or moderate in size and did not include individuals from a large number of countries. The researchers analyzed three international studies conducted by the PHRI.
Egg consumption of 146,011 individuals from 21 countries was recorded in the PURE study and in 31,544 patients with vascular disease from the ONTARGET and the TRANSEND studies.
The data from these three studies involved populations of people from 50 countries spanning six continents at different income levels, so the results are widely applicable.
Eggs provide a great source of protein, Vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids which are all essential in a healthy diet.
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