An egg a day is OK

By Mario
Published: Thursday 15 July 1999

Eggs have been a controversial food in the recent years with conflicting claims about its nutritious content. Critics claim that they are dangerous as eggs contain as much as 210 mg of cholesterol. Because of this, the theory goes, eating eggs result in heart diseases. But egg supporters keep reassuring people that it should be possible to eat eggs and still be healthy. Interestingly, there is not enough scientific data to support either of them. Frank B Hu and his team from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, studied over 40,000 men for almost a decade, and concluded that it is not the effects of eggs per se that is the problem but the other life-style choices. Egg-eaters were found more likely to be smokers, had low physical activity and unhealthy eating practices. The study concludes that one egg a day did not cause heart disease or strokes in healthy men and women. Only in a small group of people with diabetes was there a risk of heart disease. ( Journal of American Medical Association , Vol 281, No 15).

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