WW (formerly Weight Watchers) tells its members to eat eggs with abandon, counting them as a free food in its diet plan. The risk of increased dietary cholesterol consumption causing heart disease was higher if subjects were thin, female, and had higher LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
The researchers examined data from six USA study groups including more than 29,000 people followed for 17 ½ years on average.
Limiting cholesterol may be particularly important for people already at risk for heart disease.
Two eggs contain more than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol.
The study left egg consumers around the world confused about whether or not eggs are safe for consumption and if yes, then how many eggs should they exactly be consuming on a daily or weekly basis.
Egg yolks are the richest source of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed food - with one large egg providing 186 milligrams of cholesterol in its yolk, according to the study.
Based on the study, people should keep dietary cholesterol intake low by reducing cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs and red meat in their diet.
It's important to note that no one, including the study authors, is saying you need to cut eggs completely out of your diet.
Whether eating eggs or cholesterol, which is also found in products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products, is linked to cardiovascular disease and death has always been a subject of debate, the researchers said.
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After analyzing 30,000 Americans from six separate studies, researchers concluded that eating an extra half-egg a day increased the risk of cardiovascular disease (six per cent) and premature death (eight per cent) over the study period.
That said, the relationship between eggs and the risks of heart disease and early death is only "modest", he said.
Eggs, a staple of the American diet, have been cast once again as a villain.
"We want to remind people there is cholesterol in eggs, specifically yolks, and this has a harmful effect", added Allen. In fact, a government panel of nutrition experts said in 2015 that the effects of dietary cholesterol are overstated.
An adult in the US gets an average of 300 milligrams per day of cholesterol and eats about three or four eggs per week.
Should I stop eating eggs?"People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease".
Wright praised the researchers for using a large sample of people, and taking into account unhealthy risk factors, such as saturated fat intake, when assessing the data. Over the follow-up period, a total of 5,400 cardiovascular events occurred, including 1,302 fatal and nonfatal strokes, 1,897 incidents of fatal and nonfatal heart failure and 113 other heart disease deaths.
Compared with previous studies, "this report is far more comprehensive, with enough data to make a strong statement that eggs and overall dietary cholesterol intake remain important in affecting the risk" of heart disease and death, Dr. Robert H. Eckel writes in an editorial published along with the study.
Now, a new study - published yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - has weighed in. "These new findings provide one piece of evidence", Allen says. You're getting a lot of protein, though you can get that from egg whites, too. "This is the diet we should be adopting".