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Eggs Unlikely to Cause Heart Disease

Tracy Davenport Tracy Davenport
Food & Beverages
11th January 2021
Eggs Unlikely to Cause Heart Disease
Eating eggs in moderation does not appear to lead to heart disease (Getty Images).

The Claim

Eating eggs leads to heart disease.

Emerging story

Many on social media believe that eggs are bad to consume because they are high in cholesterol and therefore lead to heart disease. 

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar has discovered that according to the American Association of Advancement of Science, moderate egg intake is safe and is not bad for your health. This conclusion was made based on a large study of almost 150,000 people from 21 countries published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers did not find positive associations between egg intake with blood lipids, mortality, or major cardiovascular disease events. The majority of individuals in the study consumed one egg a day on average. 

According to Harvard Health, one large egg yolk has 200 mg of cholesterol, making it one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol. Because of its high cholesterol content, eggs were previously associated with heart disease and consumption was often discouraged. 

While the latest research dismisses previous advice about eggs, this latest investigation excluded anyone from the study who had cardiovascular disease or who consumed more than seven eggs per week. This means that the results of the study do not provide permission to consume a daily three egg omelet with greasy bacon, especially if someone is already living with cardiovascular disease. 

Eating eggs in moderation does not appear to lead to heart disease. However, more research is needed to determine the number of eggs beyond one a day that is safe to consume. 

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