A study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University in the United States warned against excessive consumption of eggs, stressing that eating three eggs a week may lead to heart and circulatory diseases, and even premature death.
The study, published by the American Medical Association’s “Jama” journal, attributed that to the egg yolk containing a very high percentage of cholesterol.
In detail, the study researchers examined the health data of more than 29,000 Americans, the average age of the study participants was 51.6 years, and their condition was followed for 17.5 years.
The study relied on analyzing the eating and health habits of participants who did not previously have heart disease, and who reported all of their personal habits that may damage the heart, such as smoking and alcohol consumption.
In addition, the researchers indicated that 5,400 people from the research sample suffered from an attack of cardiovascular diseases, and that 6,132 of them died of natural death in the two decades after the start of the research.
In the study, the researchers cautioned against excessive consumption of eggs, especially the yolk; To maintain heart health and protect from danger Blockage of blood vessels, atherosclerosis, and stroke.
She also indicated that eating more eggs with no physical activity, smoking and eating foods saturated with fat affects the heart muscle significantly.
She stressed that getting 300 mg of cholesterol (in general) increases LDL cholesterol by 0.15 mmol/L, which increases the relative risk of cardiovascular disease by 3%.
The researchers concluded that an increase in cholesterol intake above the normal limit at a rate of 300 g per day increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 3.2%, and increases the rate of early death by 4.2%, and that each half of an egg consumed daily is associated with an increased risk of heart disease by about 1.1%, and premature death by 1.93%.