Now, an Egg a Day May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
Since the 1960’s, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. But a study released Tuesday said an egg a day may actually reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Its authors claimed that Chinese adults who ate an egg every day had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Studying 500,000 healthy adults aged 30-79 over almost 9 years, researchers concluded that “compared with non-consumers, daily egg consumption was associated with lower risk of CVD.”
Risk of haemorrhagic stroke was 26% lower among egg-eaters, the Chinese-British research team reported in the journal Heart.
And daily egg consumption was associated with an 18% lower risk of death from CVD, and a 28% lower risk for death from haemorrhagic stroke.
CVD, a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels, is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, including in China. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 17.7-M people die of CVDs each year, almost 33%of all deaths worldwide, and 80% of CVD deaths are caused by heart attacks and strokes.
Smoking, not exercising enough, and eating an unhealthy diet high in salt and low in fresh fruit and vegetables, increase the risk.
Eggs are rich in dietary cholesterol, long linked to a higher CVD risk, but also contain crucial protein and vitamins.
In the study group, 13% reported daily egg consumption, while 9% said they never or hardly ever ate them. By the end of the study period, almost 84,000 cases of CVD and 10,000 CVD deaths were recorded, and compared among the different egg-intake groups.
“The present study finds that there is an association between moderate level of egg consumption (up to 1 egg per day) and a lower cardiac event rate,” the authors concluded.
According to cardiology expert Gavin Sandercock of the University of Essex: “to say that eating eggs is good or bad) for you based on a study like this would be foolish as diet is much more complicated than picking on one foodstuff like eggs.”
PS: Anyway, I like farm fresh Organic eggs and I eat 1 or 2 soft boiled eggs every day. PE
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