Let's face it: The controversy about eggs and whether they destroy the health of the cardiovascular has been around for years. On the one hand, people claim that their relatively high amount of cholesterol pushes our own cholesterol levels out of the charts and that cholesterol can seriously harm one's health. On the other hand, people say that the cholesterol we eat does not affect our cholesterol level or that we should not deal with cholesterol because it is harmless. What is a person to believe?
Sorting the answer to this question could have widespread public health implications when one considers that the average American eats 280 eggs a year, which amounts to nearly 5-1 / 2 eggs per week. Saying it is a lot of eggs would certainly be an understatement.
New research may be just what we need to determine which side of the argument is correct. According to a new large study published in Journal of the American Medical Association reviewing eating habits and heart health consequences of 29,61
According to the researchers, the risk of heart disease and premature death increases that 3 or more eggs eat weekly. Eating 2 eggs daily was enough to increase the risk of heart disease with a huge 27 percent and also increased the risk of death from any cause. Considering the average breakfast of many people throughout North America and around the world, it is a disturbing discovery with massive potential public health implications.
Of course, the controversy continues. And experts on both sides of the table continue to discuss the findings of the study, especially in the face of conflicting previous studies. But since this study helps put some of the argument behind us. It is difficult to argue with these results.
And as far as the cholesterol argument is concerned, and whether it is actually bad for us: now there is no end to the debate there. The reality is that your body needs cholesterol, from which you make hormones, produce vitamin D, provide structure to cellular walls, and repair blood vessel damage. However, it does not need the high levels many people face. High levels of cholesterol have been associated with heart disease, but in recent research has also been associated with other serious illness, including Alzheimer's and cancer.  Excess cholesterol can clog arteries by making them narrow and limiting blood flow through them, making us vulnerable to heart disease. Of course, there are many other factors involved in heart disease. Recent research published in Medical Journal Nature Chemistry showed that cholesterol also plays a causal role in Alzheimer's. The researchers found that excessive cholesterol can act as a catalyst to cause beta-amyloid plaques to form in the brain – an important cause of Alzheimer's disease. When betamyloid plaques build up, they prevent healthy brain function and even kill healthy brain cells.
Excessively high levels of cholesterol have also been associated with cancer. According to a study published in medical journal Cell Stem Cell, showed that dietary cholesterol was associated with an increase in the proliferation of some intestinal cells (stem cells) which resulted in a significantly increased risk of tumors in the intestines. Their results suggest that dietary cholesterol is not the harmless thing most of us have recently learned to believe, and indeed, as many internet sites continue to claim. But perhaps most shocking was the fact that animal fats that ate a high fat content (and high cholesterol) had a huge 100-fold increase in tumor formation.
While egg lovers can try to hold onto their favorite foods at all costs, it seems that the jury deals with eggs and their connection to heart disease.
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