Egg Yolks Almost as Bad for Your Heart as Smoking Cigarettes: Will You Cut Back on Eating Eggs?

mrosen814 2012/08/20 18:00:00
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According to a new study out of Canada, researchers claim that eating cholesterol-packed egg yolks is just as bad for one's cardiovascular system as smoking is.

“One jumbo chicken egg yolk has about 237 milligrams of cholesterol,” study author Dr. David Spence told CNN. Spence explains that eating large amounts of cholesterol causes plaque buildup in the blood vessels, the same way smoking does.

What do you think? Will you cut back from eating eggs -- or stop eating them entirely -- due to the findings of this study? Or will you have your eggs -- and eat them too?

Think twice before you bite into a hearty breakfast of eggs benedict slathered in hollandaise sauce — you may as well be lighting up, according to a new study.
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  • j2 2012/08/20 20:00:31
    This is a pretty weak study.

    1) "Researchers looked at 1,231 patients with an average age of 61.5. Each . . . had already experienced high blood pressure, hypertension, a small stroke or a family history of cardiovascular disease."

    2) "The study did not account for waist circumference or exercise program."

    3) The study relied individual self reporting: "After filling out questionnaires about lifestyle, diet and medications, how much they smoked and the number of egg yolks they ate, patients underwent an ultrasound scan to examine their plaque buildup."

    4) The study had a prior desired outcome: "In this study, patients with a higher likelihood of cardiovascular issues were used in order to get more visible results instead of using the general population with a lower risk."

    Summary: The research cherry picked the weak links and then failed to control for other causes.

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  • Miss Kris the Centrist 2012/09/02 07:24:25
    Miss Kris the Centrist
    Aren't cigarettes known for causing lung cancer? I didn't know they were bad for your heart.
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/08/23 21:32:24
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    Let me eat my eggs in peace, god damn it!
  • CocaColaCandy 2012/08/23 20:54:06 (edited)
    Like most things, moderation is the answer and always has been! Will I load up a plate with eggs benedict and a mound of bacon every day? No, but I never did. If I feel like an omelette for breakfast once in a while, I'm not going to kill myself with stress wondering if it's healthy enough!
  • Diddley Squat 2012/08/23 20:32:17
    Diddley Squat

    And I ain't quitting smoking, either.
  • Bunk11 2012/08/23 19:36:38
    This was a poorly designed studies. Other studies have shown that eating up to 2 eggs a day is either beneficial or at least not harmful.
  • Mitri 2012/08/23 19:31:20
  • Gia 2012/08/23 19:09:10
    No, but I might eat more of the egg whites and take some of the yolk out. I love eggs so it would be hard just like quitting smoking is. Eggs   cigarettes together
  • TheEbonyAphrodite 2012/08/23 18:45:11
    This a weak study. Not to mention a stupid one.
    I doubt eggs can be THAT harmful.
  • cancled 2012/08/23 15:17:23
    Well I guess it really depends on who is reporting that egg yolks are bad for you.
    According to the MayoClinic eating too many eggs can increase your cholesterol, but eating four egg yolks or fewer on a weekly basis hasn't been found to increase your risk of heart disease.
    And eating egg yolks is no way as bad as smoking, that's absurd.
    I marinade my tobacco in egg yolks, then roll it up and smoke it, Lol, Lol.
  • EmpathyReigns 2012/08/23 14:23:08
    Not crazy about eggs!
  • elvira 2012/08/23 13:22:02
    I eat only the whites of the egg. I chuck the yoke in the trash. Most people don't eat the core of an apple. I consider the yoke to be the core of an egg.
  • harley oldman 2012/08/23 13:21:45
    harley oldman
    iI meant to say NO...I eat about 6-8 Eggs a week.
  • meltrab9194 2012/08/23 09:14:10
    i dont eat eggs that much anyways so if i cut back any more i might aswell stop eating them period plus i only like egg whites for some odd reason eating omelet, scrabbled eggs etc with the yolk i tend to gag and idk why. the only time you can see me eating the yolk with out gagging is when we're using it as an ingredient to bake something.
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2012/08/23 07:49:06
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
  • Mamaknows 2012/08/23 06:28:52
    Already have. I stick to egg whites they are tasty and have the most protien. I cook the yolks and mix it with dog food for our lab. Waste not want not.
  • Dickens 2012/08/23 05:47:42
    ...nope... just like always, everything in moderation for me (including moderation..)
  • sally 2012/08/23 05:47:01
    I love eggs, they make a great angel cake and a lot of other pastry goodies. I also love a good omlet.
  • Brian Griffin 2012/08/23 03:14:47
    Brian Griffin
    Omg yet another fake health risk, its all bollocks and it always will be and plus the yolk is my favourite bit of the egg :]
  • Thomas G Towns 2012/08/23 02:02:37
    Thomas G Towns
    But they are so hard to light !!!
  • Bunk11 Thomas ... 2012/08/23 19:37:56
  • edifyguy 2012/08/23 00:57:47
    Neither smoking nor eggs are bad for your cardiovascular system; in fact, both are very good for a healthy cardiovascular system. The issue arises when the system is out of balance from inflammation. Therefore, I will use antioxidants from time to time to keep inflammation low, and continue to eat eggs and light up whenever the fancy hits. I will also outlive the nincompoops who spend their lives meddling in the affairs of others.
  • ancientmath 2012/08/23 00:31:48
    Back in the 80's they said "milk causes cancer", too; so I'm taking my grain of salt with a little pepper....over easy, please.
  • Pianocam 2012/08/23 00:28:28
    There a good source of protien and I don't even eat them that often, so I think that I'm good.
  • jerry 2012/08/22 21:59:40
    sounds like egg farmers must have contributed to Republicans and the White House launched an "egg study."
  • Sydney.nightshade 2012/08/22 21:53:53
    First eggs were good, then they are bad, then the whites are good, then they are both bad...it just never ends. Screw all of that, I'll eat what I want and die happy whichever way I happen to die.
  • Dickens Sydney.... 2012/08/23 05:55:31
    ..how true.."they" said the same thing about butter..first it was bad and "they" said margarine was better, then "they" found out how much worse margarine was cuz of the trans fats etc. etc., etc....I just eat what I like and enjoy salts, fats and sugars with some moderation...no matter what "they" say..
  • ziad 2012/08/22 20:59:50
    two harms health
  • Rob Williams 2012/08/22 20:58:04
    Rob Williams
    But only because I already have done... now I have about half a dozen a week rather than four a day.
  • tootien 2012/08/22 20:44:46
    This is so ridiculous...
  • Jaiheena Star 2012/08/22 19:01:57
  • MissJo 2012/08/22 18:38:12
    I rarely eat them anyway.
  • GiuliettaTomolei 2012/08/22 16:42:38
    Why should I stop? 'Researchers' can't seem to make up their minds about eggs or other things, first they're bad, then good, then bad again.
  • nat75 2012/08/22 16:00:17
    i just picked yes because i dont even like eggs lol. but i thought eggs were supposed to be good for you? where i live when you are pregnant you are encourage to eat lots of eggs.
  • CocaCol... nat75 2012/08/23 21:04:51
    They're a great inexpensive source of protein! Lots of families on a tight food budget supplement with eggs, and not just for breakfast. They've come in handy for me when I was laid off, money was tight and I had growing kiddos in need of a good protein source. And both pregnant women and children in stages of rapid nervous system development need a higher amount of cholesterol to aid in brain development.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/08/22 15:50:37
    Lady Whitewolf
  • Gohmert Pyle 2012/08/22 15:37:49
    Gohmert Pyle
    I don't smoke, so it's all good.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/08/22 15:32:52
    Christopher Kirchen
    I eat an egg white omelette a week. I should be fine.
  • Crische 2012/08/22 15:26:16
    Hate is bad for your heart as well, but no one seems to care about that. Love conquers all.. even eggs.
  • Nonpartisan 2012/08/22 13:58:30
    I quit eating Egg Yolks 40 years ago when I learned from Nathan Pritikin that they are 100% cholesterol, and his extensive studies showed that you can easily prevent, and reverse, heart disease by taking cholesterol out of your diet. Your body makes all of the cholesterol that it needs additional from your diet cholesterol just builds up in your circulatory system over time until you have real problems like my father had before he followed the advice of Mr. Pritikin. He was so blocked up with cholesterol deposits that the expert cardiologists told him that he would be lucky to live another month and to go home and prepare to die at the age of 40. After one month at the Pritikin Longevity Center he could pass any physical that you could give him and he is still healthy and alive today at the age of 90 with no heart problems due to cholesterol.

    Now comparing cholesterol to smoke in the lungs is silly, they have nothing to do with each other except that the chemicals in smoke do cause heart problems also, in addition to many other very bad health problems. No I am smart enough to not deliberately inhale any smoke either.
  • Jensenmk 2012/08/22 11:57:31
    More junk science.
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