Eating Eggs May Not Increase Your Risk of a Heart Attack

First Posted: Feb 15, 2016 09:21 AM EST

Do you like eating eggs? You may not have to worry about heart attacks as much as you thought. Scientists have found that a relatively high intake of dietary cholesterol-or eating one egg every day-is not associated with an elevated risk of incident coronary heart disease.

Dietary cholesterol has often been associated with an increase of incident coronary heart disease. In this latest study, though, the researchers decided to see if that were true or not.

The researchers looked at the dietary habits of 1,032 men between the ages of 42 and 60 years and with no baseline diagnosis of a cardiovascular disease. There researchers assessed the men initially and then did a follow-up assessment after 21 years. During the follow-up, 230 men had a myocardial infarction, and 32.5 percent of the study participants were carriers of APOE4.

The researchers found a high intake of dietary cholesterol was not associated with the risk of incident coronary heart disease. In addition, eating eggs wasn't associated with the risk of incident coronary heart disease. The study also couldn't establish a link between dietary cholesterol or eating eggs with thickening of the common carotid artery walls.

The findings suggest that a high-cholesterol diet or frequent consumption of eggs do not increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases even in a people who are genetically predisposed to a great effect of dietary cholesterol on serum cholesterol levels. These findings, in particular, show that eating a few eggs won't negatively impact your health.

The findings are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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