According to a new study, egg yolks are not related to heart disease. It was generally known that high cholesterol foods and heart attacks are closely connected. Researchers discovered high cholesterol aliments, such as eggs, may not be related to heart disease. Eggs, especially their yolks, are known to contain many nutrients and vitamins. Despite this, they also contain cholesterol, which had been tied to heart problems.
A team of Finnish scientists conducted a study which concluded egg yolks are not unhealthy for individuals’ hearts. For the study, researchers evaluated 1, 032 healthy men aged 42 to 60. For 21 years, experts tracked participants’ daily menu and lifestyle. The results showed the one third of the individuals had ApoE4. ApoE4 is a gene related to heart disease.
Generally, those who carry this gene should be extremely careful about their food choices and lifestyle. According to experts, these people are prone to heart issues. Overall, the participants consumed almost 2, 800 milligrams of cholesterol per week. The cholesterol intake was primarily taken from consuming four eggs a week. It was estimated that one egg has approximately 180 milligrams of cholesterol.
In addition, scientists paid close attention to individuals’ age, education, smoking habits as well as weight. After analyzing all these, they still found no connection between cholesterol level and heart disease in the participants. Also, there wasn’t any relation to artery thickness and cholesterol consumption. In spite of the generally idea that cholesterol aliments may affect a person’s heart, recent studies proved it might not be true.
Some physicians believe heart disease may be caused by other health issues or negative habits, such as smoking or eating too much sugar. However, experts say cholesterol does play a role in heart health. According to them, individuals should consume eggs or other cholesterol aliments with moderation.
Jyrki Viranen, an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland, claimed
“Moderate intake of cholesterol doesn’t seem to increase the risk of heart disease, even among those people at higher risk”.
Experts said eggs are necessary for one’s diet as they can bring many health benefits. These aliments contain Vitamin A, Folate, Choline, Vitamins B5, B12, B2, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamins D, E, K, B6, Calcium and Zinc. Such vitamins are good for bones, brain and eyes. Even though egg yolks are not related to heart disease, researchers recommend only one per day associated with a healthy diet. Further information on hearth health and cholesterol intake can be found at the American Heart Association.
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