It seems old myths die a very slow death indeed!
The controversy surrounding the consumption of whole eggs is yet another good example of such a myth.
For many years, it was not considered safe to consume whole eggs simply because they contain higher amounts of cholesterol (213 Mg.) per egg which in comparison to other foods, was considered to be an unwise practise. So many people, who were presumably a voice of reason were suggesting that most people should not eat whole eggs as it could cause heart disease.
Wow…were they wrong!
Emerging research clearly indicated that heart disease was NOT attributed to consuming foods containing cholesterol but was more likely being propagated from the consumption of saturated or trans fat and simple carbohydrates including sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Oh and include the effects of a generally poor diet and inactivity in the mix if you are looking for a smoking gun.
As a result, in 2000 the American Heart Association suggested that it was probably ok for most folks to eat eggs if they wanted to. Why not, eggs are one of the most nutritiously dense foods you can eat and they are versatile…and that is a very good thing! Check out this link below for more info.
There has been more recent research published regarding this very important issue which I have decided to share with you in this article.
A new study consisting of a meta-analysis conducted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as looked at this contraversal topic and the results are of no particular surprise.
The study is available online March 4, 2020 in the British Medical Journal for those of you who are keen.
As previously described, the relationship between egg consumption and heart disease risk has been previously debated in the scientific community over the last 30 years. In the last year alone, three published studies have reported conflicting results.
According to the study’s lead author “Recent studies reignited the debate on this controversial topic, but our study provides compelling evidence supporting the lack of an appreciable association between moderate egg consumption and cardiovascular disease.” Moderate egg consumption meaning an average of 1 whole egg consumed daily.
In this particular study, researchers analyzed health data from 173,563 women and 90,214 men
who were free of chronic disease at baseline. They used repeated statistical measures over the 32 years of follow-up to control for potentially confounding lifestyle factors. This study is also the largest meta-analysis of this topic ever conducted, including 28 prospective cohort studies with up to 1.7 million participants!
This study firmly supports another study conducted in 1999, the first major analysis of eggs and cardiovascular disease which found also no association between egg consumption and CVD risk. This study was also conducted at Harvard.
My advice to you…if would wish to eat eggs…please do so and enjoy them as I frequently do. Eggs are a superfood and no doubt an important part of the human diet for a multitude of reasons…all of them based upon fact…not fiction!
The Vitality Project
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin