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Don’t Be Fooled by New Egg Warnings

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • In 2015, egg restriction was eliminated from the U.S. dietary guidelines due to lack of evidence that cholesterol from eggs cause heart disease. Now, a new study is again urging people to avoid eggs
  • The study analyzed data from six studies with a median follow-up of 17.5 years, and claims to have found a dose-dependent relationship between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality
  • Health and nutritional experts have weighed in on the study, pointing out its multiple flaws. For starters, the researchers claim eggs cause CVD by raising your cholesterol, but higher egg intake was actually related to lower LDL (so-called “bad” cholesterol associated with CVD)
  • Several meta-analyses have also refuted the claim that egg consumption raises your risk for CVD
  • Eggs contain valuable vitamins and minerals, including selenium, vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B7 (biotin) and B12, high-quality protein, iodine, vitamin D, zinc, omega-3 fats, lutein, zeaxanthin and choline

While the consumption of chicken as a source of protein has become popularized in recent decades, eggs have been unfairly vilified, in part because of misconceptions regarding their cholesterol content. For decades, the American public was told that eggs, as a source of cholesterol and saturated fats, promote heart disease.

However, in recent years, studies have clearly shown that eggs — particularly egg yolks — are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and even though egg yolks are relatively high in cholesterol, numerous studies have confirmed eggs have virtually nothing to do with raising your cholesterol, having only a minimal impact on plasma lipoprotein levels. As previously reported by NPR:

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