Eating an Egg Every Day Could Prevent Heart Disease, Study Says

Chinese adults who ate an egg every day had a lower risk of cardiovascular

Chinese adults who ate an egg every day had a lower risk of cardiovascular

While outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study, its authors claimed that Chinese adults who ate an egg every day had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

"The researchers accounted for many dietary and other behaviours in their analyses, but it is important to emphasise that eggs are not eaten in isolation, and overall healthy or unhealthy dietary patterns will always matter".

Researchers at Peking University Health Science Center found that the simple and cheap food, once thought to raise unhealthy cholesterol levels, dramatically protects the heart. These individuals were then followed for almost nine years and surveyed on their egg-eating habits.

"This study has shown that people who eat more eggs have lower rates of a range of diseases including heart attack and stroke".

Previous studies examining the impact of eggs on health have been inconsistent and most have found insignificant associations between consumption and coronary heart disease or stroke.

Walking or cycling to work could cut the risk of a fatal stroke or heart attack by almost a third, according to scientists.

Even so, the cholesterol contained in eggs can be consumed in a healthy Chinese diet, but for Americans, he suggests a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts.

"The study was also carried out on a middle-aged Chinese population so the results may not be directly applicable to a United Kingdom population". The study participants were typically a healthy weight, and a lot of them didn't have high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease.

Eggs can contain around 200 milligrams of cholesterol, and scientists used to think that eating eggs would lead to higher levels of cholesterol in the blood, Djousse said.

But research suggests we really should "go to work on an egg" to slash the chances of stroke and heart disease. 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.

Those who ate an average of 5.32 eggs a week were also 12% less likely to experience coronary heart disease than people who ate around two eggs a week - so those extra poached ones on toast do make a difference.

That's because the study doesn't offer any insight into the risk of heart disease or stroke associated with more than one egg a day, Djousse said.

But experts not involved in the study, said the results fail to prove that eating eggs actively lowers CVD risk.

Caroline Richard, an assistant professor of agricultural life and environmental sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, said the new study is simply observational and so can not show a direct cause and effect between eating eggs and risk of heart disease.

The new study, then, "delivers a similar message" that "egg consumption does not increase the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease", Richard said.

Cardiovascular disease, which takes the lives of 17.7 million people every year, is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

While the study was purely observational, it suggests that eggs are a beneficial part of a balanced diet.

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