In the past, doctors and medical professionals have cautioned against the overconsumption of eggs because of its high cholesterol content. With a single egg containing more than half of the recommended daily intake of cholesterol for adults, the general belief was that eggs were bad for your heart. However, there's new evidence suggesting that this isn't the case. In fact, a new study has found that eating eggs daily can actually lower the risk of heart disease.
About the Study
Researchers in China conducted a study to determine how the consumption of eggs affects rates of heart disease. After analyzing thousands of participants, researchers found that people who ate at least one egg each day were 18% less likely to develop heart disease and 26% less likely to suffer from hemorrhagic stroke than their counterparts who rarely or never ate eggs.
These findings suggest that eating eggs daily could strengthen your heart and protect it from disease and stroke.
The Growing Problem of Heart Disease
Heart disease, as well as heart-related events, is among the leading causes of death in China. “Stroke, including haemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, is the first cause of premature death, followed by ischemic heart disease,” explained the study's lead author. But the author explained that eggs could help reduce the risk of heart disease.
So, why are eggs good for your heart exactly? It's unknown why or how eggs are able to lower the risk of heart disease, though some experts theorize that it's their nutritional makeup. Eggs contain a number of beneficial nutrients, including protein, calcium D, magnesium, vitamin B-6, iron, vitamin A and even calcium. While these nutrients affect the body in different ways, many support the heart and cardiovascular system.
Should You Eat Eggs Daily?
This is just one study suggesting that eggs can lower the risk of heart disease, so you should take it with a grain of salt. Starting your day with a plate of scrambled eggs probably won't harm your heart, but it may not help it either. The key thing to remember is that, like most foods, you should consume eggs in moderation. Rather than eating them every day, consider eating eggs no more than once every other day. And when you do eat eggs, refrain from cooking them in butter or high-saturated-fat oils like coconut oil.
This study was published in the medical journal Heart.