Is eating egg yolks as bad as smoking?

Is eating egg yolks as bad as smoking?

Surveying more than 1,200 patients, Dr. Spence found regular consumption of egg yolks is about two-thirds as bad as smoking when it comes to increased build-up of carotid plaque, a risk factor for stroke and heart attack. Newly published research led by Western’s Dr.

Why are egg yolks so bad for you?

While egg yolks are high in cholesterol and are a major source of dietary cholesterol, it is saturated fatty acids that have a greater effect on our blood cholesterol levels and, therefore, heart disease risk.

Is it okay to eat 1 egg a day?

“Eating an egg a day as a part of a healthy diet for healthy individuals is a reasonable thing to do.” A study published in May in the journal Heart(link opens in new window) found that an egg a day just may keep the doctor away.

Is eating an egg like smoking 5 cigarettes?

Researchers found that eating one egg per day was just as bad for your heart as smoking five cigarettes per day! A single large egg contains more than 180 mg of cholesterol, and the average American consumes almost five eggs per week. No wonder heart disease is the number one killer.

What’s the difference between egg yolks and smoking?

“Smoking has a direct effect on blood vessels and development of plaque, whereas with eggs, it’s really an indirect effect: Eggs are part of the diet and the diet has an effect on overall blood cholesterol,” said Dr. David J. Frid, a staff cardiologist in preventive cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic.

How are egg yolks linked to heart attack?

Dr. J. David Spence, a professor of neurology at Western University in Canada found a relationship between egg yolk consumption and the development of atherosclerosis, a condition that contributes to heart attack and stroke risk in which plaque accumulates along the walls of the arteries.

How much cholesterol is in one egg yolk?

A single egg yolk, at 200 mg, has two-thirds of the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute’s recommended daily cholesterol intake for healthy individuals who don’t have heart disease, diabetes or high LDL-cholesterol. That organization recommends limiting whole eggs to four per week.

Are there any health benefits to eating eggs?

But egg consumption isn’t entirely unhealthful, research suggests. One major study found that egg eating was associated with a rise in serum HDL levels — the good, protective kind of cholesterol — along with LDL levels, which clog arteries. Eggs are also a good source of vitamin D, according to Frid.

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