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Egg yolks 'bad as smoking for heart'

15/08/2012 8:00:00 AM
Egg yolks 'bad as smoking for heart'
Egg yolks 'bad as smoking for heart'

Eating eggs regularly is about two thirds as bad for the heart as smoking, according to a new UK study.

More than 1200 patients were surveyed about their egg consumption and the researchers said people who ate three eggs per day increased their risk of atherosclerosis (coronary artery disease).

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In atherosclerosis, plaque, which is aggravated by cholesterol, builds up on the inner arterial wall. Rupturing plaque is a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.

The study participants, who had a mean age of 61.5, underwent ultrasounds to measure the total plaque area and were questioned about their lifestyle, smoking and the number of egg yolks they consumed each week.

The researchers found that plaque build-up automatically increased with age, but was a lot higher in people who had smoked or had eaten egg yolks for a long time.

They found people who ate three or more egg yolks each week had significantly more plaque than those who ate two or fewer yolks each week.

"The mantra 'eggs can be part of a healthy diet for healthy people' has confused the issue," Dr David Spence, a professor of Neurology at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, said in a media release.

"It has been known for a long time that a high cholesterol intake increases the risk of cardiovascular events, and egg yolks have a very high cholesterol content. In diabetics, an egg a day increases coronary risk by two to five-fold."

User comments
What isnt bad for you these days? Seems like everytime I read news, everything is bad. So much so that we will probably be eating crap by the time we figure out what is really bad. Why wasnt foods that are bad now, not so bad 20-30years ago. People were still alive and well back then? Is egg yolk alone bad or both the egg white and yolk bad??
I'm sick to death of the 'latest' food related health risks that the experts keep bombarding us with. What are we supposed to do when they keep changing their minds. The best advice is to ignore it and eat everything in moderation before we get too stressed out about what is good and bad for us
It is quite possible that people who eat 3 eggs per day are plain eating way too much. This would make the number of eggs part of the symptom rather than responsible for the plaque build up. This survey report makes as much sense as saying 100% of men die therefore death is caused by being male. Statements can be both true and misleading.
Really?? I actually thougt eggs were a good source of protein and were good for you!!!
Could it be that the researchers missed the fact that people who eat more than 3 eggs a week are possibly having bacon with those eggs, and it is the fatty, salt laden bacon that is causing the increase in plaque? Give eggs a break - or should I say CRACK!!
hihi i had a massive heart attack 4 years ago since a child i have only eaten egg whites as the yolk contains sulpher and cholesterol there is no doubt these little yellow bombs have a delayed explosion later in life as they do not break down quickly and intake compounds over time leaving a long term deposit that matures dangerously unseen i had smoked for 6 years when i was younger and truely regret it but eat at you own risk these little time bombs are just that one day young or old like a light switch they will turn on i was extreamly lucky to have been in good health and stayed alive many do not make it exercise and food intakes are very important health is wealth and not a rehersal good luck everyone
So the heading that states "Egg yolks, bad as smoking for the heart" is crap. The first sentence then says it's two thirds as bad for the heart...thats not the same thing. It then says they surveyed people and the ones who ate 3 yolks a day increased their chance of heart disease and then later says 3 times a week. Sick of so called professionals telling us which foods are bad and which good, surely it's about moderation and balance.
Is there anything that is not bad for ones health? Load of bloody nonsense eat what you like...
did they test free range organic eggs or eggs from caged birds?? my understanding is that there is significant differences of the health benefits between the 2. Something to do with the ratio of unhealthy omega-6 fats to the healthier omega-3 found in caged vs free ranged eggs
are these conclusions supported by recognised authorities in heart decease.

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