Eggs Increase Risk For Cardiovascular Disease

Eating even small amounts of egg, just half an egg a day, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death from all other measured causes (e.g. stroke and cancer) in this recent study:

Associations of Dietary Cholesterol or Egg Consumption With Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality, Journal of the American Medical Association, March 2019

Findings: Among 29,615 adults pooled from 6 prospective cohort studies in the United States with a median follow-up of 17.5 years, each additional 300 mg of dietary cholesterol* consumed per day was significantly associated with higher risk of incident CVD and all-cause mortality, and each additional half an egg consumed per day was significantly associated with higher risk of incident CVD and all-cause mortality.

Conclusions: Among US adults, higher consumption of dietary cholesterol or eggs was significantly associated with higher risk of incident CVD and all-cause mortality in a dose-response manner.

* One egg contains about 200 mg of cholesterol.

It was a dose-response association so the more eggs one ate the greater their risks. Eggs are often hidden in baked goods. And cholesterol is found exclusively in animal foods; there’s no cholesterol in plant foods.

I ran through this exercise (see also my previous post: Eggs Increase Risk For Diabetes) because when I did a Google search on eggs, page after page of returns had articles claiming that eggs were healthy. But that’s not what the science says. How can that be?

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine had the answer:

Unfortunately, Americans are on track to eat more eggs this year — about 279 eggs per person, on average — than they have in nearly five decades. Part of the problem is that the egg industry has scrambled the science, keeping Americans in the dark about the link between eggs and heart disease. In recent years, the majority of studies published on eggs and cholesterol have been funded by the egg industry itself — often resulting in misleading conclusions that downplay the dangers of eggs.

People are back to eating eggs. The egg industry won.

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