One egg a day reduces risk of heart attack and stroke

Many patients with high cholesterol are afraid to eat eggs because they are afraid of eating high cholesterol. Even if they do, they will only eat albumen instead of egg yolk. Eating one egg a day may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, AFP reported. The team reported in the British medical journal Heart that adults who ate one egg a day had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

26 per cent reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

The research team tracked 500000 healthy adults aged 30 to 79 from China for nearly nine years, the report said. People who ate eggs a day had a 26% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke, while egg eaters had an 18% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 28% lower risk of death from a hemorrhagic stroke.

Eggs are the main source of cholesterol in the diet, the team reports in the medical journal Heart. Eggs also contain high quality leptin and multivitamins. Heart disease is the third most common cause of death in Hong Kong, accounting for 13.2% of all deaths, according to the Department of Health in 2015.

In accordance with past nutritional guidelines, for example, cholesterol intake of not more than 300 mg per person per day is recommended. It is generally recommended that no more than one egg should be eaten per day.

However, in recent years, the “Dietary guidelines for the American people” published in the United States have removed the restriction of not taking in more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day. Consumers are advised to pay more attention to the extra nutrition of eggs, such as protein, vitamins, and so on, in conjunction with other dishes every day. A balanced diet is fine.

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Egg yolk and albumen should be eaten together.

Registered dietitian Li Desheng said in an interview with the TOPick that many people are afraid of high cholesterol in egg yolks and would rather eat only protein.

Albumen and egg yolk are the whole structure. If you eat only albumen, you will lose your balance. The situation is like a car. Eating albumen is just like the shell of a car, and the engine, machinery, and lubricating oil in the car have already been lost, so it is not suitable for the body.

He also pointed out that vitamin D, bile and some hormones needed by the human body are also made up of cholesterol. Only a small part of it comes from dietary cholesterol. It can be seen that eating eggs has little effect on cholesterol in the body, so there is no need to deliberately avoid egg yolks.

Some people point out that eating more eggs will increase cholesterol, but as long as you eat more fruit, you can have antioxidant substances to offset, so that the body back to balance.

According to information provided by the Department of Health, egg yolk also provides some nutrients required by the human body, such as vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid and omega 3 fatty acids. The protein mainly contains protein and water.

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