A group of researchers from China and England examined the relationship between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, major coronary ailments, hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.
Egg saves lives
The study used data from the China Kadoorie Biobank survey conducted with nearly half a million adults aged 30-79 from 10 different geographic regions in China.
Participants selected between 2004 and 2008 were asked how often they consumed eggs, and these individuals were followed up to examine their morbidity and mortality rates.
For the new study, the researchers focused on 416,213 participants who did not have cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
As a result of an average of 8-9 years of follow-up in this group, a total of 83 thousand 977 cases of cardiovascular disease and 9 thousand 985 deaths from cardiovascular diseases, as well as 5 thousand 103 coronary diseases were recorded.
It was stated that at the beginning of the study period, 13.1 percent of the participants consumed at least one egg every day, and 9.1 percent never or very rarely consumed eggs.
The results revealed that daily egg consumption was associated with an overall lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with people who did not consume eggs.
Eggs reduce stroke risk by 26 percent
In particular, those who consumed at least one egg a day had a 26 percent lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke, a 28 percent lower risk of death from hemorrhagic stroke, and an 18 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
On the other hand, it was stated that compared to those who "never/rarely" consume eggs, people who consume eggs daily have a 12 percent lower risk of ischemic heart disease, which is caused by the inability of their heart muscle to be fed for various reasons.
Egg contains high quality protein, many vitamins, bioactive components such as phospholipids and carotenoids.
Most previous studies investigating the health effects of eating eggs found insignificant associations between egg consumption and coronary heart disease or stroke.