An egg a day increases risk of death

By Dulcie Ward, R.D., and Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.

People who ate one or more eggs per day had an almost 25 percent increased risk of death in a 20-year period compared with those who generally avoided eggs, according to Harvard’s Physicians’ Health Study I.

For participants with diabetes, the risk of death was twofold. The study included 21,327 participants with an average 20 year follow-up.

One large egg contains approximately 215 milligrams of cholesterol, more than any other common food. Eggs also contain saturated fat and animal protein.

Djoussé L, Gaziano JM. Egg consumption in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality: the Physicians’ Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:964-969.

Thanks to PCRM / Good Medicine Magazine for this article.

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