Although some previous studies have failed to find a link between eggs, along with other forms of cholesterol consumption, and heart disease risk, the new study was able to thoroughly adjust for other foods in a person's diet in order to focus on the effect of eggs and cholesterol. Researchers of a new study say that eating three to four eggs a week can already up the risk for cardiovascular disease and all-cause death.
"This suggests limiting foods rich in dietary cholesterol, such as eggs, may be important to consider when choosing a healthy eating pattern", he said.
Eating 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day was associated with a 17% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and an 18% higher risk of death from any cause, researchers determined from analyses of the eating and health patterns of a diverse population of 29,615 US adults over several years. The study aimed on eggs because they're among the most commonly eaten cholesterol-rich snack. Previous studies found that eating eggs did not raise the risk of cardiovascular disease.
US dietary protocols that limits on cholesterol have assisted eggs make a return.
Earlier versions of the dietary guidelines have advised Americans to keep their cholesterol under 300 milligrams daily.
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"The old advice still stands, eggs in moderation are absolutely fine as a useful source of protein".
The researchers say that eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was the guideline recommendation before 2015.
Whether eating dietary cholesterol or eggs is linked to cardiovascular disease and death has been debated for decades. The researchers investigated for an association between dietary cholesterol (mg/day) or egg consumption (number/day) to the likelihood of suffering from a cardiovascular event or dying during that time period. "These new findings provide one piece of evidence", Allen says. "The particular contribution of cholesterol derived from eggs has also been studied in several studies, with varying and discrepant results", Bruemmer said.
According to the study, the average adult consumes about 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day and eats about three to four eggs every week.
"Our study showed if two people had the exact same diet and the only difference in diet was eggs, then you could directly measure the effect of the egg consumption on heart disease", Allen said. The said data were all collected from a single visit. "Still, people may have changed their diet, and we can't account for that". In fact, they do point out that foods such as eggs and red meat are a good source of nutrients. The study's duration took nearly 31 years, during which 5,400 cardiovascular activities and 6,132 cause-related deaths were diagnosed. Moderation, he added, is "less than one egg a day on average, including eggs in foods such as bread". If you're eating too much of one thing it leaves less room in the diet for other foods that may have more health benefit.