5 Myths about Eggs Heart Disease and Health Cleared Up

There is so much confusion in news reports about eggs, some suggesting eggs are healthy and others associating eggs with high cholesterol and heart disease. Here are some myths and concerns about egg consumption and their answers.

1. False: Eating eggs increases cholesterol and heart disease & stroke risk

3 recent studies debunk this notion as well as a Harvard medical study.

An article published by NPR mentioned Dr. Walter Willett, chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Nutrition Department, as being one of the first physicians to discover that cholesterol in the blood is associated with higher risk of heart disease.

However, Doctor Willett and his colleagues after studying thousands of patients for years have found no evidence that moderate dietary egg or cholesterol consumption increased the risk of heart disease or stroke. Such findings were only present in people who had a strong genetic risk for high cholesterol and possibly people with diabetes.

A 2013 study published in BMJ stated that eating one egg per day is not associated with impaired heart health.

A 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans — co-developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended total cholesterol of 300 milligrams per day for healthy people, roughly 1.5 average-sized chicken eggs. Additionally, the report stated: “Available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and [blood] cholesterol” and added that “cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

Fact: Eating eggs can reduce your stroke risk

A 2016 study in the Journal of American College of nutrition stated that people who eat an average of one egg per day have a 12 percent lower risk for stroke than those who eat fewer eggs.

2. False: Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs

The color of egg shells comes from pigments that the hands produce. Both white and brown eggs have the exact same nutritional values.

3. False: Washing egg shells can remove salmonella

Salmonella bacteria are present on the inside of the egg, therefore washing will not remove the bacteria if it is present.

4. False: Salmonella is only found in the yolks of raw eggs

While salmonella is found mostly in the yolk, the whites are contaminated as well. It is always advisable to never eat raw or undercooked eggs.

5. True: Eggs have vision-related benefits

Eggs contain various nutrients that are beneficial to eye health.