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Is Eating Eggs Really as Bad for Your Heart as Smoking? (Health)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 10.13.2012

Cardiologists say the study shouldn’t be taken so seriously because the research is flawed.

Heart Disease
Is Eating Eggs Really as Bad for Your Heart as Smoking?
By Alexandra Sifferlin

A new study suggests that eating three whole eggs a week can thicken the arteries as much as smoking. Some heart experts say not so fast

Is your breakfast omelet harming your heart? A recent study by researchers at Western University in Canada found that the more egg yolks people ate, the thicker their artery walls became — an indicator of heart disease risk — and that the effect was almost as bad as from smoking cigarettes.

In the study, the researchers measured carotid plaque build-up in the arteries of 1,231 men and women, average age 62, who were seeking care at cardiovascular-health clinics. Participants filled out questionnaires detailing lifestyle habits including medication use, cigarette smoking and egg-yolk consumption. The researchers gauged how much people smoked and how many egg yolks they ate over time, by calculating their “pack-years” (the number of packs of cigarettes people smoked per day multiplied by the number of years they spent smoking) and “egg-yolk years” (how many egg yolks they ate per week for how many years).

FINISH READING this at: Time Magazine


Additionally, a typical egg contains about six grams of high-quality protein and all nine of the essential amino acids. Of course, eggs are also one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat. Eggs also contain the following vitamins:

Vitamin B5
Vitamin B12
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B9
Vitamin A
Vitamin D
Today, some farmers are using certain methods to increase the health benefits of their eggs. Chickens who receive a special vegetarian diet typically produce eggs with less cholesterol and more omega-3 fatty acids. Check the packaging carefully or shop at health food stores to find these special eggs.

Though eggs have sometimes received a bad rap in past years, more and more health professionals have started promoting the benefits of eggs. And with new research, some of the previous claims about this inexpensive and delicious food have been discredited. In reality, eggs are a great health food. Whether you like them scrambled, over easy or sunny side up, eggs are a great meal to start your day, yolk and all. In this article, we'll investigate some of the great health benefits of eggs, including the ways that they can help you avoid certain diseases and harmful health conditions.

Vitamins and Nutrients
Eggs are a great source of many of the vitamins and nutrients our bodies need to survive. For example, eggs are one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D, whereas most foods that contain vitamin D are actually fortified with it. Eggs also contain the following nutrients:



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