Egg and cholesterol intake doesn’t show an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease, even with ApoE4 gene –the gene has high susceptibility for heart disease- according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Eggs have been known to be high in cholesterol, but what researchers are discovering is that this cholesterol may be good for the heart instead of causing heart problems.
4 eggs a week!
The study used men who consumed 2,800 mg of cholesterol a week. Their cholesterol intake had over 25 percent sourced from eating four eggs a week. There has been no association with cholesterol or egg consumption and heart disease –even with ApoE4 carriers.
The study also looked into the men’s carotid artery thickness (a factor of developing atherosclerosis) and found it isn’t associated with cholesterol consumption, said Jyrki K. Virtanen, Ph.D. an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland and the study’s lead author
“Moderate intake of cholesterol … doesn’t seem to increase the risk of heart disease, even among those people at higher risk.”
Additionally, the study found that cholesterol from eggs increased the HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is the “good” cholesterol. It keeps move cholesterol away from your arteries and removes arterial plaque –all preventatives of heart disease.