A few years ago, everyone ordered their omelets only with egg white, for fear of high cholesterol. Then the yolks received a medical stamp of approval for their nutritional load. Now research in Journal of the American Medical Association again binds eggs with heart problems. How much should we be afraid of our favorite breakfast? Dr. Luke Laffin, a prophylactic cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio, breaks it down.
The study sounds disturbing, but men who are active and usually eat healthy should not be overly concerned. Nutrition research tends to draw far-reaching conclusions, especially when it comes to one dietary component, such as eggs. We should not reject the results, however. The study is legitimate, using a large, diverse group of people. Here's what I get from this: keep in mind that foods high in cholesterol, such as eggs, may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases in the future.
If you have a personal or family history of heart problems and you go through a dozen eggs a week, you have something to think about. If you can limit yourself to three or four whole eggs per week, this is ideal, but don’t worry if you hack more than that. Instead of focusing only on eggs, look at your overall diet. If it was a choice between a fried egg and a blueberry muffin, I would say that eggs are 10 out of 10 times.
Moderation diets are what everyone should strive for. Eggs are an easy way to include protein in your diet, but other sources – chicken, fish, tofu, quinoa – also have their place.