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They are a main component in the diet of many people, and yet are considered relatively controversial when talking about health.
Still, according to a new study, eating one to three eggs a week lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by a staggering 60 percent.
Cardiovascular disease refers to any condition affecting the heart or blood vessels, with coronary heart disease and stroke among the leading causes of death and disability worldwide.
But as with many medical conditions, the risk of these diseases can be lowered by a healthy lifestyle.
The study, published in Nutrients journal, found that eating between one and three eggs per week protects against heart disease.
The study of more than 3,000 adults found that people who ate these amounts had a 60 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
A total of 3,042 men and women from Greece participated in the experiment, who filled out a survey about how many eggs they ate per week, either whole or as part of a recipe.
After a decade passed, 317 of them developed some form of heart disease during that time.
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The researchers found that people who ate one egg or less per week had an 18 percent incidence rate of cardiovascular disease.
While people who consumed one to four eggs per week had a prevalence rate of nine percent, and people who ate four to seven per week - eight percent.
The study found that participants who ate one to three eggs per week had a 60 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and those who ate four to seven eggs had a 75 percent lower risk.
However, when looking at the potential intake of saturated fatty acids (SFA), it was concluded that eating one to three eggs per week was safer.
"Eggs remain one of the most 'controversial' foods due to their saturated fatty acid and cholesterol content, along with their composition, which is rich in high-quality protein, iron, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and carotenoids," the study states.
"In the context of a rather conflicting literature, our study including a sample of people of Mediterranean origin suggests that eggs may even have a protective role in the onset of cardiovascular disease, but only in the case of adhering to a healthy dietary pattern characterized by a low intake of saturated fatty acids," it says. , "A consumption level of two to four eggs per week is the current recommendation of most health bodies and international guidelines. The findings presented here seem to be consistent with this recommendation."
Nutrition and diet