EGGS FIGHT HEART DISEASE!
New science puts cracks in old blame game
EATING eggs makes for a healthier heart, according to a recent study in China. In the past, doctors have often warned patients to avoid eggs, given their naturally high cholesterol content. But a hard-boiled team from Peking University School of Public Health in Beijing has called foul on that advice!
Research leader Dr. Canqing Yu notes eggs also contain quality protein and other health-boosting nutritional components — making them good for you! Scientists guided by Yu and his colleague Prof. Liming Li analyzed data from more than 400,000 adults in China aged between 30 and 79 years old, who had no history of cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
They found that after almost ten years, those who consumed an egg daily had an 18 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. They also had a 26 percent reduced incidence of hemorrhagic stroke, an often fatal brain bleed, and experienced 12 percent lower odds of ischemic heart disease, more commonly called hardening of the arteries.
Nearly all the participants ate eggs from chickens, not ducks, Yu notes.
But Prof. Nita Forouhi of the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the research, cautions while eggs may be healthy, what you eat with them matters, too.
“In a Western context, if you eat eggs with lots of refined white bread, processed meats like bacon and sausages and sugar-rich ketchup, that is materially different to eating an egg with whole-grain bread and vegetables,” says Forouhi.
Eggs are loaded with hearthealthy vitamins and minerals eating an egg a day may keep cardiovascular disease away!