Study suggests that eggs may not have negative effects on heart health

Eggs and Heart Health: Study Finds Fortified Eggs Safe for High-Risk Population

A recent study led by Dr. Nina Nouhravesh at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina, has found that it is safe to eat eggs for those concerned about their heart health. The study examined the cholesterol levels of people who ate eggs compared to those who did not over a period of four months.

The study included 140 patients with a high risk of cardiovascular disease who consumed 12 or more fortified eggs per week. Fortified eggs contain less saturated fat and additional vitamins and minerals like vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are typically added through enriched feed for the hens producing the eggs.

The study was funded by Eggland’s Best, one of the largest egg producers in the U.S., and participants were over the age of 50 with a history of one prior cardiovascular event and two cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Researchers measured the participants’ LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, known as “good” cholesterol, along with other biomarkers after the four-month period. The results showed that there was no adverse effect on the cholesterol levels of those who consumed 12 eggs per week compared to those who did not consume any eggs during that time period.

Dr. Nouhravesh stated that while this was a small study, it provides reassurance that eating fortified eggs is safe in terms of lipid effects over a four-month period among a high-risk population. This suggests that consuming eggs may not negatively impact heart health, contrary to previous beliefs about their potential negative effects on cholesterol levels.

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