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Eggs are Nearly as Bad for Your Arteries as Cigarettes!

Eggs are Nearly as Bad for Your Arteries as Cigarettes!

According to a new study published in Atherosclerosis, consuming eggs may be nearly as detrimental to heart health as smoking cigarettes.

For the study, researchers at Western Ontario University surveyed 1,231 patients about diet, smoking, and exercise. They then used ultrasound to establish a measurement of total arterial plaque.

They found that the patients who consumed the most whole eggs experienced a narrowing of the carotid artery 2/3 that of the study’s heaviest smokers. Similarly, they also noted that people eating three of more egg yolks per week  had significantly more plaque on their artery walls than those eating two or fewer yolks a week.

Advancing age was associated with a linear increase in arterial plaque, while smoking and egg consumption were each independently associated with a significant and exponential increase in arterial plaque.

Lead researcher Dr. David Spence explained: “What we have shown is that with aging, plaque builds up gradually in the arteries of Canadians, and egg yolks make it build up faster – about two-thirds as much as smoking. In the long haul, egg yolks are not okay for most Canadians.” We’re guessing this also applies to Americans.

Unsurprisingly, Egg Farmers of Canada are taking issue with the study results. Following the release of his 2010 study linking eggs to various health problems, Spence’s home was egged. Wow, that’s original!

Props to Dr. Spence for helping spread the word about the detrimental health effects of eating animal protein in general, and eggs in particular.

Previous research has also linked egg consumption to prostate cancer.

Image Credit: kattebelletjelanier67/Flickr

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2 comments on “Eggs are Nearly as Bad for Your Arteries as Cigarettes!”

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5 Years Ago

I think someone missed this part in the study: "This hypothesis should be tested in a prospective study with more detailed information about diet, and other possible confounders such as exercise and waist circumference." Perhaps the people in the study fried their eggs in butter and ate them with sausages or also consumed deep fried hot dogs for lunch. It's impossible to determine for sure if it was only the eggs causing the arterial plaque.

Joe Tramp
5 Years Ago

Eggs are delicious and healthy - in moderate amounts (say egg/day incl. pies and similar food) :) Regarding results of the survey, every food would be poisonous...


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