Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years. Almost everyone knows eggs have cholesterol and for years health professionals have given warnings that eating eggs are bad for your heart. Is this true? Does eating eggs raise your cholesterol and raise your risk of heart disease? For those of us who love eggs, it was hard to limit our egg consumption. What are the facts?
- Does eating eggs raise my risk of heart disease?
The latest Dietary Guidelines note that dietary cholesterol such as the cholesterol in eggs are not the primary drivers of blood cholesterol. Rather, the saturated fat in foods is more likely to raise our blood cholesterol. The Dietary Guidelines state, “Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake.”
A Swedish study of 37,766 men and 32,805 women looked at egg consumption and heart disease including heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. This study found no link between egg consumption and risk of heart attack or stroke. Men who ate 6 ore more than 6 eggs a week did have a 30% higher risk of heart failure. But study authors noted this could be from eating bacon with the eggs and not the eggs.
- Should diabetics avoid eggs?
- How many eggs can I eat a week?
As the Harvard School of Public Health notes in Eggs and Heart Disease, Recent research has shown that moderate egg consumption—up to one a day—does not increase heart disease risk in healthy individuals.. and can be part of a healthy diet.
- Are eggs nutritious?
So enjoy some eggs this week.