Eggs were once considered a no-no for heart health because of the high amount of cholesterol in egg yolks. However, more recent studies suggest that eggs can be good for your heart. So, what’s the truth about eggs and heart health?
Researchers at Boston University studied data on more than 2,300 adults. They found that eating five or more eggs a week was associated with lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, suggesting eating eggs may actually promote heart health.
Critics caution that the study did not examine other heart disease risk factors, such as cholesterol levels, and that it’s premature to declare eggs “good for the heart.”
Speaking to a local Boston newspaper, Amber Core, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University, said that the findings do not necessarily show that eating eggs protects against heart disease.
“While this study suggests that eggs may have a positive impact on blood pressure and fasting glucose levels, this is not indicative of protection against the development of heart disease. Heart disease development is more so determined by high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and genetic determinants,” she said.
Currently, the American Heart Association recommends one whole egg or two eggs with just the whites per day as part of a heart-healthy diet.
The current biggest concern about eggs may not be their impact on your health but their impact on your wallet. As anyone who has been to the market lately will tell you, egg prices are at record highs.
Egg prices rose almost 60% in December compared to a year before, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average price of a dozen eggs was $4.25 in December, up from $3.59 in November and $3.42 in October.