How many eggs to eat per week?
If you consume just three eggs a week, according to a US-based study published on February 9, it will increase the risk of dying soon.
Just last year, a large Harvard analysis of 215,000 people found that eating one egg per day was not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Experts warned that the yolks in eggs are high in cholesterol and fat which can fuel cancer, heart attacks and strokes.Cancer and cardiovascular disease mortality rose by 24 and 16 per cent, respectively.
“Despite many years of research this question about eggs and health has not been answered, with multiple observational studies over the last few decades showing conflicting results – some suggesting moderate egg intake is good, while others suggesting it may be bad,” said Riyaz Patel, a consultant cardiologist at University College London.
It was based on data from 521,120 Americans between the ages of 50 and 71 who were employed from 1995 to 1996. Until the end of 2011, they were tracked.Of all people, 129,328 deaths occurred.
Cholesterol is not a bogeyman. Made by the liver, cholesterol is in every cell in the body and is used to make hormones, vitamin D, digestive compounds and more. Sometimes a person’s body can make too much cholesterol, leading to a buildup of waxy plaque in blood vessels and later cardiovascular disease.
Professor Yu Zhang, China, said: “In this study, intakes of eggs and cholesterol were associated with higher all cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality.“The increased mortality associated with egg consumption was largely influenced by cholesterol intake.”
As a result, she recommends Americans limiting cholesterol intake and replacing whole eggs with whites/substitutes or other alternative protein sources, “for facilitating cardiovascular health and long-term survival”.