Eating One Egg a Day Could Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

Unlike cardiovascular disease, which describes problems with the blood vessels and circulatory system as well as the heart, heart disease refers to issues and deformities in the heart itself. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia. One in every four deaths in the U.S. occurs as a result of heart disease.

If your worried about heart disease, there’s a lot that you can do to give your cardiovascular health a boost. Cutting out smoking, even if it’s just one a day, is one of them. Walking for just 40 minutes several times per week is another (especially for post-menopausal women). Going to the sauna on a regular basis helps, as does eating the right food.

Now, a new study, published in the journal Heart, has found that eating one egg every day can significantly reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases.

While eggs have long been considered a staple in a healthy diet, they’ve also gotten a bad reputation as of late due to their high cholesterol. And previous research on the link between heart health and eggs have had relatively small sample sizes.

On the other hand, this study, led by Canqing Yu, an associate professor in the Peking University School of Public Health in Beijing, analyzed the results of a whopping 416,213 Chinese adults between the ages of 30 and 79 over the course of nine years.

A little over 13% of these participants said that they ate an egg every day, while 9% abstained from them altogether. The results found that the daily egg eaters had a 26% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke, a 28% lower risk of dying from this type of stroke, and a a 12% reduced risk of ischemic heart disease.

The study has its drawbacks, most notably that it’s purely observational, and therefore does not control for other factors that might have impacted the heart health of its participants. Yu herself also noted that translating the results to an American audience is complicated by the fact that the Chinese have a very different overall diet than ours.

Still, the results suggest that eating one egg a day, or slightly less, is beneficial to a healthy heart, especially because they are packed with high-quality protein and other disease-fighting nutrients. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating one a day as well in order to get all of the benefits while limiting your daily cholesterol intake to 300 mg.

Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp
Pinterest
Reddit
Delicious
LinkedIn
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp

1 thought on “Eating One Egg a Day Could Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease”

  1. Thank you Dr.Canqing Yu. Your study makes good sense and is suspicions confirmed. Moderate consumption of eggs are good;

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

READ NEXT

Dysthymia: Persistent Depressive Disorder

Dysthymia is a chronic depression which is less severe than major depression. But, those who suffer from dysthymia can also experience periods of major depression which can be called “double

Check Out Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad for You

Sugar consumption is a major cause of many chronic diseases and obesity. Unfortunately, many people are tempted to consume processed foods for meals and snacks and since these products contain

7 Foods That Help You Get Rid of Bloating

Garlic Garlic has been proven to aid in digestion, but to get the bulk of its benefits, it’s best eaten raw. Try cutting a clove of garlic into pill-sized servings

Healthy Sugar Alternatives You Should Try

The average American consumes more than 126 grams of sugar per day (think: three 12-ounce cans of soda), which happens to be more than twice what the World Health Organization

This List of Symptoms May Signal a Nut Allergy

Skin reactions Mild skin reactions of nut allergies often include: rashes swelling of the extremities redness and tenderness hives Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or loratidine (Claritin) can help relieve

These Habits Are Damaging Your Teeth

Brushing, flossing and firing twice a day is not enough for healthy teeth. Eating and drinking all day long is also an attack on your teeth. Just like a lot

8 Foods That Can Cause Constipation 

Being constipated means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. Almost everyone goes through it at some point. Although it’s not usually serious, you’ll feel much

5 Science-Based Benefits of Fish Oil

Fish oil can be obtained from eating fish or by taking supplements. Fish that are especially rich in the beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, herring, tuna,

Incredible Health Benefits Offered by Tea

It Protects You From Disease A lot of them, actually! Tea is chock-full of antioxidants, which can help protect you from a wide array of cancers — including breast, colon,

Scroll to Top