New Study Compares Heart Health Dangers Between Eggs and Cigarettes
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The debate over health risks and benefits of eggs has been ongoing, but now a recent study suggests that eating egg yolks may be as bad for a person as smoking cigarettes.
The research suggests that eating egg yolks may lead to plaque buildup in the arteries that is comparable to what's found in cigarette smokers.
The study was released by Dr. David Spence from the Stroke Prevention and Atherosclerosis Research Center at Western University in Canada; he surveyed more than 1,200 patients on their smoking and yolk eating habits.
The study found those eating three or more yolks a week had significantly more plaque than subjects who ate two or less yolks per week.
Artery plaque buildup happens when bad cholesterol accumulates over time on the walls of the artery.
The American Egg Board responded saying new USDA research shows that eggs contain 14 percent less cholesterol than previously thought.
That's good news for Lesa Thayer and her family. "We eat eggs every day, we have kids that eat them, we eat them and they're really good," said Thayer.
Thayer owns Happy Home-Acre Farm and whether she's eating yolk or not, fresh is the way to go for her family. "We know that they're chemical free, preservative free and hormone free," said Thayer.
The American Egg Board also said that their more than 40 years of research supports the role of eggs in a healthy diet without significantly impacting the risk for heart disease.