A new study has shown that eating one egg a day can reduce your risk of stroke by as much as 12%.
Many people avoid eggs because the food can be responsible for spiking cholesterol. However, eating one egg per day is not enough to raise cholesterol levels.
The conclusion of the research was published in the American College of Nutrition journal.
The study, which was partially funded by the Egg Nutrition Centre, pored over studies about the eggs correlation to stroke and to coronary heart disease. Analysis was taken from the US, Japan, Australia, Spain and the UK. Studies that were analyzed in this data set took place over six to 26 years.
The studies which were reviewed took place between 1982 and 2015 and followed a total of 276,000 subjects in regard to looking at the increase of coronary disease and 308,000 subjects when determining whether or not strokes also had a correlation to eating eggs.
It was shown that there was no correlation with eating eggs in moderation and rising levels of coronary heart disease, but it was found that those who eat eggs each morning have a 12% less risk of having a stroke.
Eggs are incredibly nutritious, even though they often get a bad rap for their cholesterol content. One single egg can contain as much as 186 mg of cholesterol. However, eggs are a fabulous source of protein, folate, iodine, vitamins A, B2, B12 and D.
Doctors do emphasize that the way an egg is eaten can also make it more or less nutritious. For example, a hard boiled egg eaten with a small amount of salt is much healthier than frying the egg and adding it to a sandwich filled with red meat.
Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said the following of the study:
“The fact that eggs can reduce your risk of having a stroke is interesting, however more research is needed to fully understand this association.
Eggs are a nutritious food, but you do need to pay attention to how the eggs are cooked and to the trimmings that come with them.”
It has also been confirmed that eating runny eggs is now safe for pregnant women and children, despite previous warnings to the contrary.