Should You Eat Eggs?

Classic scientific studies, such as the Framingham and Seven Countries studies, showed that elevated blood cholesterol was linked to heart attack and stroke. Eggs are unusually high in cholesterol, so they were blamed for a good portion of the heart disease in America. Frank Sacks from Harvard University said that saturated fat in foods was more important than cholesterol for boosting blood cholesterol and that eggs were unfairly blamed for the high rate of heart disease in America. While eggs are experiencing a nutritional renaissance, other studies show that eggs are not a risk-free food. People with diabetes who ate one egg a day increased their risk of heart disease by 44 percent compared to people who only ate one egg per week. Egg eaters are also more likely to get prostate cancer. Most mainstream nutritionists recommend that people follow healthy dietary patterns that include increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, seafood, beans and nuts. People should also consume alcohol moderately, reduce intake of red and processed meats, and reduce consumption of high sugar foods. Eggs can be part of a healthy diet. (Nutrition Action Health Letter, June 2015)

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