New Research Rekindles Old Debate on the Goodness of Eggs

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Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, in addition to others who assisted with the study, have rekindled the old debate as to whether the consumption of eggs is truly good or bad for you. By pooling the results from six prior studies gleaning data for close to 30K Americans who self-identified as consuming eggs regularly, and following participants over approximately 17 years on average, the study didn’t bode well for those who ate more than one egg daily.

According to reports, adults who consumed approximately 1.5 eggs each day were at higher risk of heart disease as opposed to those who ate none. The research indicated that the greater the number of eggs consumed, the higher still the risk. The likelihood of early death also increased. The researchers claim that seems to indicate cholesterol, naturally found in eggs, was the key factor. Cholesterol is naturally found in other foods as well, such as dairy products, shellfish, and red meat (which probably means a large part of Texas diets need to be further studied), but in small amounts, these foods can still be part of a healthy diet. Eggs found to be consumed in smaller amounts are still okay, according to the researchers.

Video: YouTube/American Heart Association

Shared on the American Heart Association YouTube channel, the video above details the essential nutrients and daily nutritional value found in an egg. It also cautions that eating them in moderation, perhaps opting to have the whites only at times, might be a better course of action with respect to your health. In fact, the video caption reads: “An egg a day may keep the doctor away, but don’t overdo it. Eggs provide protein and vitamins, but also dietary cholesterol. Learn how to make eggs part of a balanced diet.” The American Heart Association provides further information in an accompanying article to the video, posted to their blog in August of 2018. Contrary to the idea that how you choose to cook your eggs might have something to do with the debate as to whether they’re good for you or not, the naturally occurring cholesterol levels are allegedly to blame according to the newest research. This has led those involved in the study to caution that limited foods, such as eggs, which are cholesterol-rich, can be a better course of action with respect to your heart health.