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The Great Egg Debate

Dye ’em, fry ’em, scramble ’em & boil ’em…few food items have dominated our menu as much as the simple egg.

And a new study raises *even more* questions about nature’s little pack of protein and your health.

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The Basics

  • New study reviewed 6 previous studies looking at diet. Approx. 30,000 people over a 17 yrs.
  • Question: Is there an association between eggs & cardiovascular disease? Study says YES.
  • Those who consumed more eggs (or the equivalent of more eggs in dietary cholesterol) had a higher rate of heart disease & premature death.
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“… we don’t want people to walk away thinking they shouldn’t eat any eggs. That’s not the right message.”

Lead author of study Norrina Allen, who says her research shows a "consistent association" between those who ate more eggs and cardiovascular disease. She adds that eggs provide important amino acids & minerals, but said that regardless of a person's heart healthy habits, the study shows that the more eggs they ate, the higher their risk.
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The Study Has Limits:

  • Diet alone doesn’t determine cholesterol. Example: Two people can eat the same number of eggs a day & have completely different cholesterol readings.
  • Eggs aren’t only food w/ cholesterol. Study didn’t distinguish btwn egg preparation, i.e. fried in butter vs hard-boil.
  • Study relied on people remembering what they ate.
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“Bottom line: Everything in moderation (including one egg a day)… What you pair an egg with can have positive heart health benefits (whole grains, berries, veggies, fiber rich foods are great options). The fiber/protein and healthy fat combo will help you stay full and promote heart health.”

Christy Youens, mom of 3, registered dietitian & collegiate lecturer, who shares her favorite egg-healthy recipe on our source page.
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The study's lead author suggests limiting eggs, esp. the yolk (which contains the cholesterol). Registered dietitian Youens says if you eliminate the yolk, you're missing out on a lot of the "power of the egg" - its good vitamins and other properties.

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