Are eggs a heart healthy food?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 1, 2022

Over the years, eggs have become a controversial food for heart health due to their high cholesterol content. This study adds to the mounting evidence seeking to clear up the controversy.

Study Summary

A study assessed the relationship between egg consumption and heart health. It included 3,401 Chinese participants with cardiovascular disease and 1,377 Chinese participants without heart disease. The study found that:

  • Individuals who ate 40-50 g of eggs (the equivalent of 1 medium egg) daily had increased levels of a protein that increases amounts of high density lipoprotein (HDL), so called ‘good cholesterol’.
  • Individuals who ate 40-50 grams of eggs daily had increased blood levels of large HDL molecules, which help to transport cholesterol back to the liver and prevent heart-disease associated blockages.
  • When compared to those who consumed eggs daily, individuals who ate fewer eggs had decreased blood levels of heart-protective metabolites and increased levels of harmful metabolites.

The authors concluded that 40-50 g of eggs per day may help to prevent heart disease.

The Hearty Take

At Hearty, we believe that daily egg consumption can be part of a heart-protective diet. The beneficial physiological impacts outlined in this study, support a body of research which suggests that egg consumption may be heart-healthy. For personalized nutrition advice, reach out to your nutritionist and your physician!

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