CRACKING THE CHOLESTEROL MYTH

 

Years of research have concluded that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. In fact, a 9,500-subject cohort study published in the Medical Science Monitor earlier this year concluded that eating one or more eggs per day does not increase the risk of coronary artery disease or stroke among healthy adults. [i] And a review of over 30 years of research on eggs published last year came to the same conclusion – that eating eggs daily does not have a significant impact on blood cholesterol or heart disease risk. [ii]

 

“Many Americans are confused about the relationship between eggs, cholesterol and heart disease,” said Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D., director of the J. Paul Sticht Center at Wake Forest University .  “Population-based studies consistently show that regular egg consumption has no measurable impact on heart disease risk among healthy, non-diabetic adults.

 

What's more, research shows that eating eggs does not significantly alter the ratio of LDL-cholesterol to HDL-cholesterol, which is recognized as a better indicator of heart disease risk than an individual's total cholesterol number or LDL number. [iii]

 

“When it comes to nutrition, it is important to focus on the health benefits that foods provide,” according to registered dietitian, Mary Lee Chin. “Not only are eggs easy to prepare and economical, their nutrient package can contribute to weight management, eye health and even a baby's brain development during pregnancy.

 

Chin offers the following tips on including eggs in a healthy diet:

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, contact the Egg Nutrition News Bureau at 312-233-1211 or info@eggnutrition.org .

[i] Qureshi, A et al. 2007. Regular egg consumption does not increase the risk of stroke or cardiovascular diseases. Medical Science Monitor . 13(1): CR1-8

[ii] Lee A and B Griffin . 2006. Dietary cholesterol, eggs and coronary heart disease risk in perspective. Nutrition Bulletin (British Nutrition Foundation). 31:21-27.

[iii] Herron KL et al. 2003. Men classified as hypo- or hyperresponders to dietary cholesterol feeding exhibit differences in lipoprotein metabolism. J Nutr . 133(4):1036-42.

[iv] Vander Wal JS et al. 2005. Short-Term Effect of Eggs on Satiety in Overweight and Obese Subjects. J Am Coll Nutr . 24(6):510-515.