Eggs are not the enemy

eggs in tray on white surface
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Last Tuesday, March 19th, The Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, published the results of a very important study about the cholesterol content on an the egg and its impact on cardiovascular diseases.

The title, Associations of Dietary Cholesterol or Egg Consumption With Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality, could be considered the most extensive and comprehensive study developed in three decades.

The sample included  29,615 American adults with an average age 51.6 who were monitored for seventeen and a half years nonstop.

The verdict was that the consumption of 300 mg of cholesterol a day (equivalent to 1.5 eggs) increases the risk of early death by 4.43% In the case of cardiovascular diseases, the risk factor rises 3.24%. Each additional egg carries an extra 1.11%

High cholesterol is a subject I follow closely. My husband had a massive heart attack eight years ago despite being in good shape, having low blood pressure, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Therefore, when I received the email of the study, I shared it with him because his breakfast includes a two-egg omelet almost every day. We both read it and compared the results of his most recent blood work. He gets tested every three months.

Currently, my husband’s level is 118, relatively low compared with 240 which is the guideline for high cholesterol. He exercises religiously, four to five times a week, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, and controls his intake of other foods high in cholesterol such as red meat and dairy.

Now, from my empiric point of view I believe that this and other studies–which point their spears toward certain foods–ignore a definitive component in association with the causes of cardiovascular diseases: family history.

Back to my husband’s heart attack, I remember that during his five-day stay at the cardiac unit of the hospital I read all the pamphlets available in the waiting area. Before hypertension, cholesterol, or obesity, the hereditary risk factor was at the top of the list.

Perhaps you won’t believe, but after talking to my brothers-in-law, they remembered that their father suffered the same heart episode. My husband and my father-in-law were the exact same age and had the exact blocked artery at 100%.

In conclusion, the reality is that egg is a food high in cholesterol. It almost has the same milligrams that one 250 grams steak. So, if you decide to eat it every day, you must be mindful about the rest of your daily intake. No doubt, “we are what we eat” as Donkey says!

Thank you for reading and sharing.

Xiomara Spadafora

This column was sponsored by Zellner Insurance Agency. Many things in life don’t have insurance. For everything else call Zellner (888) 208-8119

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