January 21, 2019

An Egg a Day Is A-OK

by Berkeley Wellness  

A relatively high intake of dietary cholesterol, including an egg a day, is not associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease, a Finnish study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has confirmed. This was true even in people who carried a genotype (APOE4) that amplifies the effects of dietary cholesterol on blood lipids.

The study followed 1,032 healthy middle-aged people for 21 years. It also found no link between dietary cholesterol (or egg consumption) and atherosclerosis of the carotid artery. On average, participants consumed an egg a day, which contributed less than half their daily cholesterol intake (520 milligrams total). Some research has found that people with diabetes may respond more strongly to dietary cholesterol, but the new study included too few participants with the disease to determine this.

Also see The Sunny Side of Eggs.