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Major New Study Is Good News for Egg Eaters

Up to one egg per day isn't bad for your heart, say researchers
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2020 8:13 AM CST

(Newser) – A comprehensive new study lands the latest salvo in the egg wars, and it will please those who regularly eat them for breakfast. The study out of Harvard concludes that moderate consumption—defined as up to one egg a day on average—isn't bad for your cardiovascular health, reports CNN. The study in the British Medical Journal looked at the diets of more than 215,000 women and men over three decades. All of the participants were generally healthy at the start and most averaged between one and five eggs a week. Researchers found that the eggs, which are a decent source of protein but are naturally high in cholesterol, did not increase the risk of heart disease or stroke. The exception was in those who had type 2 diabetes.

"Results from this cohort study and updated meta-analysis show that moderate egg consumption (up to one egg per day) is not associated with cardiovascular disease risk overall," conclude the researchers. "Results were similar for coronary heart disease and stroke." Another nugget: The researchers found that moderate egg consumption is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease among Asians. But they theorize this is because Asian dishes typically incorporate eggs "into various cuisines," while in the West, eggs are typically eaten with red and processed meats (think bacon). Don't expect this to be the last word: The Harvard Gazette notes that three studies in the last year alone have reported conflicting results on eggs. (Read more eggs stories.)

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