The great debate: egg-cellent choice or not?

While it can be eaten any time of the day, this popular food is most often enjoyed at breakfast. And, if breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, this recent study isn’t one you’ll be egg-cited about. According to a study published in the medical journal JAMA, eating three or more eggs per week can increase your risk of heart disease, as well as early death.

The great egg debate has been going on for years. Are they good for you or bad for you? The researchers who conducted the study set out to answer the question once and for all. They examined date from six U.S. study groups including over 29,000 people who were followed for around 17 years, on average. During the follow-up period, they noted 5,400 cardiovascular events, including 1,302 that were fatal, along with 1,897 incidences of fatal and nonfatal heart failure, plus 113 other deaths related to heart disease. Another 6,132 participants died from other causes.

Based on this data, researchers concluded that consuming an additional 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with a 3.2 percent higher risk of heart disease, as well as a 4.4 percent higher risk of early death. For each additional half egg consumed per day, the study showed a 1.1 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a 1.9 percent higher risk of early death due to any cause. A single large egg contains around 186 milligrams of cholesterol.

The study concluded that the consumption of cholesterol-rich foods should be limited — the latest announcement to scare people away from a healthy food source, simply because it contains cholesterol. Contrary to what your doctor might tell you, cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Heart disease is driven by a chronic inflammatory response in your body. Likewise, eating cholesterol does not make your cholesterol high.

Eggs contain many high-quality nutrients, including proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. They also contain antioxidants, which can actually help prevent disease, including heart disease. There are plenty of reasons to keep eggs in your diet. In fact, most people can safely eat around one dozen eggs per week without any risk to their health. Always opt for organic, free-range, pasture-raised eggs to reap the health benefits they have to offer, for breakfast, lunch or dinner!


By Dr Joseph Mercola / Physician and author

Dr. Joseph Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), he treated thousands of patients for over 20 years.

Dr. Mercola finished his family practice residency in 1985. Because he was trained under the conventional medical model, he treated patients using prescription drugs during his first years of private practice and was actually a paid speaker for drug companies.

But as he began to experience the failures of the conventional model in his practice, he embraced natural medicine and found great success with time-tested holistic approaches. He founded The Natural Health Center (formerly The Optimal Wellness Center), which became well-known for its whole-body approach to medicine.

In 1997, Dr. Mercola integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the Internet. He founded the website to share his own health experiences and spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health. is now the world’s most visited natural health website, averaging 14 million visitors monthly and with over one million subscribers.

Dr. Mercola aims to ignite a transformation of the fatally flawed health care system in the United States, and to inspire people to take control of their health. He has made significant milestones in his mission to bring safe and practical solutions to people’s health problems.

Dr. Mercola authored two New York Times Bestsellers, The Great Bird Flu Hoax and The No-Grain Diet. He was also voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News with Peter Jennings, Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl Attkisson, and other major media resources.

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(Source:; March 19, 2019;
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