Eggs- Should you eat them?

New fuel was thrown on the fire that is the great egg debate - Are eggs healthy or do they contribute to cardiovascular disease and stroke? Nutritional, dietary, health, and medical communities all have a say on the topic.

A meta-analysis published in JAMA on March 19, 2019, included 29,615 participants with a mean age of 51 years and a lengthy 17.5 year follow up concluded:

 

Among US adults, higher consumption of dietary cholesterol or eggs was significantly associated with higher risk of incident CVD and all-cause mortality in a dose-response manner. These results should be considered in the development of dietary guidelines and updates.

That seems like 1 point for whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes (those food items that many institutions say we don't get enough of).

 

Harvard Chan School of Public Health gave some commentary basically agreeing with the findings. You can find that article here. 

However, things are never so easy. Here is another journal article published in BMJ that concluded

Higher consumption of eggs (up to one egg per day) is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke. The increased risk of coronary heart disease among diabetic patients and reduced risk of hemorrhagic stroke associated with higher egg consumption in subgroup analyses warrant further studies.

Then, of course, there is Hulk Hogan's Facebook page which poses the question "What can eating 3 eggs a day do for you?" That post can be found here.

Despite having only 75 calories, 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids eggs are still shunned by the big names in the medical community.

The US government included eggs in the "foods to reduce" section of the Dietary Guidelines in 2011. In 2012, Dr. David Jenkins, none other than the gentleman who created the glycemic index, led a group of researchers to examine the arterial plaque in 1000 people. He concluded that patients who ate more than three eggs a week had increased plaque compared to those who ate fewer eggs.

Cleveland Clinic courageously published a few articles that suggest a more balanced view on eggs. Endorsing egg whites, cautioning more than three egg yolks a week especially for individuals with a history of heart disease or stroke, but encouraging healthful eaters to include eggs in their diet as a great source of nutrients. You can find that article here. In another Cleaveland Clinic article, "5 Foods You Should Always Have in Your Fridge" eggs takes the top spot. That article can be found here.

We would love to hear what your take on the incredible edible egg. Leave us a comment.

 

 

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