t’s No Yolk, Folks: A Daily Egg May be Okay

If you are convinced that an egg a day makes the doctor earn his pay–you may now feel free to add a “sunny side up” to your morning meal. Eating one egg per day does not increase a healthy person’s risk of heart disease or stroke, a study has found.

If you have diabetes, however, there may be a link between the added cholesterol and heart disease, so talk to your health care provider first.

Health experts long have recommended that people limit their cholesterol consumption to 300 milligrams per day. Eggs contain about 213 milligrams of cholesterol. But when researchers examined data from more than 100,000 people who ate an egg a day, they found there was no evidence of a “significant association between egg consumption and risk of coronary heart disease or stroke in either men or women.”

People with diabetes who ate at least one egg daily, however, doubled their risk for heart disease compared with diabetics who consumed less than one egg per week.

It’s not known why the cholesterol in eggs doesn’t affect healthy people. Researchers speculate that the beneficial ingredients in eggs, such as antioxidants, folate, other B vitamins and healthy, unsaturated fats, may offset the dangers of increased cholesterol.

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