If you are about to eat a mouthful of the delicious two-egg omelette its better to revisit your eating habits. According to me, eggs have joined the parade of coffee and tea-food items that spring up with some news either supporting or denying their advantages. Eggs have been everyone’s best friend since time immemorial due to their valuable properties-inexpensive, extremely healthy and easily available. Most of our days are incomplete without the oval-shaped attendee at the breakfast table. Until now, maximum studies have seconded the consumption of eggs as their benefits outweigh disadvantages but now, we have got a latest study that puts away all of these results to shreds.
Three or More, Your Cholesterol Numbers May go Sore
Are you someone who eats more than three eggs a week? Then this study is definitely for you! The latest large-scale study published in the renowned journal JAMA proves something beyond doubt-we need to consume eggs in moderation. The focus of this study was mainly on the cholesterol content of eggs, especially the yolks that exist as the best sources of dietary cholesterol. One yolk provides an equivalent of 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol. We’ve been debating for decades whether eggs are good for consumption in individuals with heart problems, those at an increased risk of cholesterol or in obese/overweight people. There have also been many issues surrounding the dietary cholesterol in eggs and their link to cardiovascular disease and death. There have been studies and research results previously stating that eating eggs did not raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and maybe its time to reconsider results.
The latest study looked at the information of more than 29,000 people who were followed-up for up to 31 years with an average follow-up period of 17.5 years. During this period there were about 5,400 cases of cardiovascular mishaps and 6,132 cases of deaths due to different causes. Each of the participants were asked to fill up a questionnaire regarding their diet history and were probed into their eating habits during the previous month or even year. This questionnaire remained as the backbone of the study and this could be a limitation as there were no follow-ups on the eating habits and we have got aplenty chances that any of the participants could have changed their diet.
Study results showed that consuming around 300 milligrams of dietary fiber was associated with a 17% increased risk of cardiovascular disease and an 18% increased risk of all-cause deaths. Cholesterol remained the top-contributing factor unallied of fat consumption. Also, greater the egg consumption higher the risk of heart health. Eating 3-4 eggs every week increased the risk of cardiovascular disease by 6% and the risk of any other cause of death by 8%.
A Yes or a No?
So, the question still remains whether we are allowed to eat an egg a day or not. Eggs contain a generous amount of cholesterol and health experts recommend eating less than one egg a day as we tend to include other foods such as breads too that contain eggs and eat processed meats regularly that makes the situation worse. This was only an observational study but we should also not forget the fact that it was a large-scale one followed up on a long-term basis. One thing is extremely clear-limit the intake of cholesterol-rich foods for better heart health. Keep your cholesterol levels low by consuming less of foods such as eggs and red meat but never take the numbers to zero as these foods are integral for good health (they are healthy sources of iron, choline and amino acids).
Eggs are nutritious and we stay healthy by consuming a balanced proportion of nutrients. If you are going to eliminate eggs from your diet you are committing a blunder. If you are unable to examine your requirements and fix upon the number of eggs that can be consumed per week it is better to get in touch with reputed dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com. These experts are sure to set your calorie targets, LDL and HDL levels, exercise routines and nutrients intake depending on your body needs and health conditions. They also guide you on the right way to go about cooking them to obtain as much nutrition as possible. Please don’t succumb to hasty decisions regarding these golden treasures.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.