Egg consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease: three large prospective US cohort studies, systematic review, and updated meta-analysis

Results from this cohort study and updated meta-analysis show that moderate egg consumption (up to one egg per day) is not linked to CVD risk overall; results were similar for CHD and stroke, and seems to be linked to slightly lower CVD risk among Asian cohorts

SPS commentary:

According to an editorial, if frequent egg consumption is occurring in the context of an overall dietary pattern known to be cardioprotective, or eggs are being consumed for essential nutritional needs, then it is probably nothing to worry about, but if it is occurring in context of a typical Western dietary pattern (high levels of refined grains, added sugars, red and processed meats, and ultraprocessed foods), the best evidence for cardioprotection supports shifting overall dietary pattern to a Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) or Mediterranean diet, as both diets are supported by good evidence across study designs, though adopting one of these diets is easier said than done without large structural changes to overall food environment. It adds that single foods could have contextual relevance for health, but a complex and extensive body of nutrition and dietary research really does support the current focus on overall dietary patterns in recommendations and guidelines.


British Medical Journal

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