An Egg a Day Keeps the Heart Attacks Away

New research suggests a link between daily egg consumption and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

By Ethan L. Johns
May 22, 2018

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Good news for all the eggheads out there. Whether you like ‘em fried, baked, boiled or scrambled, new science is here to say that an egg every day could be keeping your ticker ticking.

According to an observational study published on Monday in the journal Heart, a moderate level of daily egg consumption (about one per day) could reduce an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease. So no, sadly you don’t have free range to eat as many eggs as you want.

The study was conducted across China by a research team from the School of Public Health at Peking University in Beijing. Beginning in the years between 2004 to 2008, researchers analyzed the baseline responses of over 500,000 adults, aged 30 to 79. Participants were asked about their egg consumption and medical history.

In a second survey conducted from 2013 to 2014, the participants were asked once again to report the frequency of their egg consumption and medical history.

Analyzing the results, researchers found a correlation between daily consumption and a decreased risk of stroke (down 26 percent), as well a decreased likelihood of death from both stroke (down 28 percent) and cardiovascular disease (down 18 percent). The risk of general ischaemic heart disease was reduced by about 12 percent, as well.

While the findings show an observed correlation, further research is needed to prove that these reductions are actually caused by egg consumption.

Of course, health isn’t the only reason to eat eggs; we all know that they can be pretty good when whipped into an omelet. Looking for inspiration? Here’s a whole lot of egg recipes to get your day started the right way.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns