Study Finds that Heart Patients Can Eat One Egg Daily

Recently a study showed that eating one egg daily does not increase a person’s cholesterol level in fact, it reduces the risk of heart diseases.  There are many studies in the past designed to find the constituents of good breakfast, with a specific focus on how eggs are healthy in one’s diet.

Health experts believe that one egg in a day is good for health, but people should be careful about the overconsumption of the egg as in omelet form or in any egg-based breakfast foods. In the 1970s people eliminated the fat from the diet and considered an omelet good for health if it only contains egg white and asparagus.

In 1990, the number of carbohydrates was reduced from the diet because people see them as enemies in their diet patterns and think the cheese-filled scramble egg is optimal for energy and health.  Now the usage of a plant-based diet is increasing day by day and people are trying to skip eggs in their breakfast.

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It was thought that eating one egg in a day puts a person on the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol levels. According to a time-traveling dietitian, there are two types of cholesterol present in the eggs i.e. good and bad.

With the evolving knowledge of food science, it is still not confirmed that what was shown through many studies about the egg? Are they part of a healthy diet? What is their composition? Are they proven good for health or in what quantity eggs are safest to use for the health of the body?

These questions are stilled not answered accurately and this topic needs a debate because in the U.S. the consumption of egg increases from the half-century. On overage 289 eggs were eaten per year i.e. more than five eggs in a week.

Now the nutritionist point of view about the egg has been changed and they said that cholesterol is not as bad as it was thought 40 years ago.

An interventional cardiologist from the Memorial Care Heart and Vascular Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center in California Dr. Sanjiv Patel said that the idea of controlling your dietary cholesterol is good for health. one must eat a variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean meats, nuts, and fish.

He added that eggs are safe to consume unless their consumption is not increased in a day.

It is not easy to examine the dietary patterns of all the people because everyone eats according to his choice and it’s difficult to control their dietary patterns during the whole day.

This latest research about the consumption level of egg is carried out by the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of the McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada.

Researchers used the data of about 177000 people from previous studies. These people were enrolled in three long term studies that were conducted in 50 centuries. The aims of this research are to find what are essentials nutrients present in the egg, available facts that put a person on the heart diseases and what is the role of cholesterol on human health related to egg consumption? The data from PHRI showed 12,701 deaths and 13,658 people who got cardiovascular disease.

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Researchers found no significant association between egg consumption, high blood cholesterol level, cardiovascular disease, and premature death.

This research concludes that Eating one egg during a day does not put a person at the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases or death. Moreover, no association is found between the number of eggs that are consumed in a day and increased blood cholesterol levels.

The new study is published in the latest edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a Nutrition-related publication of the American Society.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published many studies over the past three decades which revels the conflicting results about egg consumption and cholesterol level of blood as fat and cholesterol became the villain of a healthy diet.

In 1982, a study was published in the nutrition journal showed that if the eggs are consumed in a normal amount no effect is seen on cholesterol level and risk of heart diseases. Data was taken from Framingham Heart study in which scientists only observed some common factors that contribute to heart diseases since it was stated in 1948.

A more recent study that was published in 2001 in the nutrition journal analyzed 17 studies consisting of 556 subjects. A team of researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands conducted this study to check the long-term effects of egg consumption on the risk of cardiovascular disease.

An egg contains 200 milligram of cholesterol that increases the risk of heart disease by 2% if more than one egg is consumed on a daily basis. The amount of increase in the risk is small at the individual level but this may become substantial if it is observed at the population level.

There are many essential nutrients found in the egg other than cholesterol that prevent a person from getting heat diseases such as folate, vitamin b, vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids.

In 2001 study researchers found that there should be a need to limit the number of egg consumption instead of eliminating it from diet so that it may reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases.

According to the latest research, it should be recommended to take egg during breakfast as it contains essential nutrients but should be consumed in moderate amount.


Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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