Daily Egg Consumption Not Associated With Cardiovascular Disease

Egg Consumption
Egg Consumption

A team of researchers from the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences recently published the findings from a huge meta-analysis of three large, long-term multinational studies in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  For those of you who enjoy eggs, this is great news.  The key finding:  there likely is no heart disease in consuming eggs.

Association of egg intake with blood lipids, cardiovascular disease, and mortality in 177,000 people in 50 countries

Even better is that these results apply to both healthy individuals and those who already have vascular disease.  Study author, Mahshid Dehghan, PhD says, “Moderate egg intake, which is about one egg per day in most people, does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or mortality even if people have a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes.  Also, no association was found between egg intake and blood cholesterol, its components, or other risk factors. These results are robust and widely applicable to both healthy individuals and those with vascular disease.”

Eggs were vilified back in the 1990’s due to their cholesterol level, which was unfortunate, especially given that the diet heart hypothesis (cholesterol leads to heart disease) has proven to be completely false.  Yet, despite the fact that we have known that foods high in cholesterol does NOT cause heart disease, many physicians continue to caution their patients and advise lower intake.

I hope that with this study, conventional medicine can finally come to their senses concerning eggs.  Principal Investigator of this study, Salim Yusuf, MD, DPhil, MRCP, has commented that previous studies on egg consumption and diseases have been contradictory.  He also says, “This is because most of these studies were relatively small or moderate in size and did not include individuals from a large number of countries.”

This particular meta-analysis is quite different in that the researchers analyzed three international studies, comprising the egg consumption of 146,011 individuals from 21 countries, and 31,544 patients with vascular disease from the ONTARGET and the TRANSEND studies.  In total, the data from these three studies involved populations from 50 countries spanning six continents at different income levels, so the results are widely applicable, Yusuf says.

Why is this Important?

Eggs are one of the most nutrient dense and healthy foods on the planet.  Below is nutrition profile of one egg.

  • Calories 78
  • Fat 5 grams
  • Protein 6 grams
  • Potassium 63mg
  • Vitamin D 11% RDA
  • Vitamin B6 5% RDA
  • A rich source of choline.  See this article for more information.  Choline – An Essential Nutrient

Clearly, to limit the consumption of this wonderfully nutritious and versatile food is poor advice.  Everyone should be enjoying eggs.  They are super nutrient-dense and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes, with no health fears. 

Have an “egg-cellent” day!!!

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