BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Since forever everybody is talking about why are eggs bad for our health. According to a couple of studies, these tiny white wonders, which are the highlight of every decent breakfast can, in time, harden our heart arteries, thus upping the risk of deadly heart attacks. But a new study has emerged, in order to challenge the old beliefs by saying that eggs are not to be blamed for heart attacks.
A brand new study, coming all the way from the frozen North, has managed to prove that eggs, no matter how they are consumed, are in no way contributing to heart diseases. In fact, this study also pointed out that even those carrying the APOE 4 gene (increased sensitivity to cholesterol found in various foods) are not in any danger of developing a heart disease.
But don’t jump out of the wagon yet, before you understand all the factors involved in this brand new study. According to Jyrki Virtanen, the lead author of the novel study, he and his team of researchers noted down the diets of every patient only at the beginning of the study. This means that the team cannot account for any dietary changes which occurred later on.
So, the study in question was performed by Virtanen and his team of medical researchers from the University of Eastern Finland. It involved approximately 1000 middle-aged men from Finland, with ages between 42 and 60. Moreover, the study spanned over a period of 21 years.
As stated, the team was able to write down the participant’s dietary information only at the beginning of the study, meaning that they are unable to determine whether a participant switched to another diet in the meantime.
All of the subjects enrolled in the study consumed one egg per day, and the average daily cholesterol intake was estimated at around 398 milligrams. At the end of the trial, approximately 230 men from the control group suffered heart attacks.
Even though others would look upon this fact as evidence to support the fact that cholesterol found in eggs is capable of increasing the risk of heart diseases, the team of scientists from Finland declared that they haven’t found any palpable link between cholesterol intake and cardiovascular diseases.
So, eggs are not to be blamed for heart attacks, but one cannot account for the side dish. The team declared that their study was not to be construed as irrefutable evidence that eggs have nothing to do with heart attacks. As Virtanen stated, it’s one thing to consume a hard-boiled egg at breakfast, but it’s entirely another when you decide to use fat-enriched butter, a side of bacon or some buttery croissants.