What The New Egg Study Means For The Beloved Breakfast Food

What The New Egg Study Means For The Beloved Breakfast Food

WW (formerly Weight Watchers) tells its members to eat eggs with abandon, counting them as a free food in its diet plan.

"So much data have already been published on this topic, which generally show that low-to-moderate egg consumption (no more than one egg per day) is not associated with increased risk of heart attack or stroke", Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in an email. They include the way the eggs were cooked, or changes to peoples' diets that occurred after the study information was gathered.

Zhong, however, emphasized that the study was observational and couldn't prove dietary cholesterol or egg intake could cause cardiovascular disease or death. On the one hand, the guidelines say that "cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption;" but on the other hand, the guidelines say that "individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible while consuming a healthy eating pattern". They can still be part of a healthy diet, but in smaller quantities than many Americans have gotten used to, the researchers say. That's when the U.S. Dietary Guidelines dropped a longstanding recommended limit on dietary cholesterol.

The researchers found that eating just three to four eggs per week was tied to a 6 percent higher risk of heart disease, and an 8 percent risk of dying from any cause, according to HealthDay.

Now, a new study - published yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - has weighed in.

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

The researchers evaluated 29,615 participants with an average age of 51, who took part in six separate studies in the U.S. The median follow-up time across the studies was 17.5 years, with the longest time being 31 years.

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Hold that three-egg omelet.

However, though flawed, Cho says these studies are important for a better understanding of nutrition research.

In addition to the new findings on eggs, the latest study found a link between dietary cholesterol consumption and heart disease, strokes, and death from any cause. "But in general, any dietary study is fraught with difficulty because of the problem of patient recall". Research from Northwestern Medicine finds that adults who ate several eggs per week and high amounts of dietary cholesterol had a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death from any cause.

"We want to remind people there is cholesterol in eggs, specifically yolks, and this has a harmful effect", said Allen.

Egg yolks are the richest source of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed food - with one large egg providing 186 milligrams of cholesterol in its yolk, according to the study. As Americans have embraced low-carb diets, many have turned to eggs as a reliable protein source.

Researchers at Northwestern University analyzed 30,000 US adults over three decades and found that eating just three to four eggs per week was tied to increased cholesterol and a 6 percent higher risk of heart disease. "For example, poached eggs on whole-grain toast is a much healthier meal than a traditional fry up".

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