Eating eggs can lead to higher risk of cardiovascular disease

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Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine showed the more eggs you eat, the slightly higher the risk of heart disease and dying early.

The study suggests that egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods. Further the report says, more eggs means more chances of risk.

"It's sad news to everyone", says study author Norrina Allen, PhD, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. "As part of a healthy diet, people need to consume lower amounts of cholesterol".

Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and elsewhere pooled results from six previous studies, analyzing data on nearly 30,000 US adults who self-reported daily food intake.

The new study offers only observational data but doesn't show that eggs and cholesterol caused heart disease and deaths, said Lee, who wasn't involved in the research. On their analysis, they found a 17 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease and 18 percent of premature death each associated with an additional 300 milligrams of cholesterol intake per day.

The latest US government nutrition guidelines, from 2015, removed the strict daily cholesterol limit.

US dietary protocols that limits on cholesterol have assisted eggs make a return.

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A potential cause of inconsistent results regarding the use of eggs in the past was the fact that other studies did not take into account that the consumption of this product may be associated with other unhealthy behaviours such as low physical activity, Smoking and unhealthy diet. That's because the average U.S. adult now gets 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day and eats three or four eggs a week - and their data indicates it's bad for them. "There is no safe or unsafe amount [to eat] but I do like the saying an egg a day is OK".

According to the researchers, people should keep dietary cholesterol intake low by reducing cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs and red meat in their diet. Do you eat many eggs? At the start, participants filled in questionnaires detailing the foods they ate.

In France, national nutrition guidelines refute the idea that you should not eat more than two eggs a week: "You can eat them regularly". The study results were drawn after looking at data from 29,615 adults pooled from 6 prospective cohort studies in the United States, over a time period of 17.5 years.

For years eggs were shunned because of concerns that their high cholesterol content was bad for the heart. The data used in the research was collected between March 25, 1985, and August 31, 2016. Moderation, he added, is "less than one egg a day on average, including eggs in foods such as bread".

A major limitation of the study was that its participants' long-term eating patterns weren't assessed.

"I'm not advocating people take them completely out of their diets", she said.

However, Norrina Allen says that "we do not know as a lot as we would prefer to about how the ldl cholesterol you devour in your eating regimen is translated into the blood".

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