Eggs and heart health explored

Nutritionists disagree about the effect of eggs on heart health. Now a new study has found that the more eggs a person eats, the greater the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death. The same was true for dietary cholesterol in general, the study found.

Each additional half-egg per day was linked with a 6% increased risk of cardiovascular disease and an 8% increased risk of early death, researchers found.

Some experts quoted about the study in a March 15, 2019 New York Times article called the new research more comprehensive and convincing than past studies, but cautioned that more work is needed to reconcile conflicting findings.

Frank Hu, Fredrick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who was not involved in the study, said he found the work interesting and carefully carried out. But he added that he found the results “surprising because here even a half-egg a day makes a difference. This study seems to find a much stronger association than what has previously been found.”

Read the New York Times article: Are Eggs Bad for Your Heart Health? Maybe

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