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How Many Eggs Are Too Many? Local Experts Weigh In

Posted at 5:27 AM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 08:24:23-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– We all know that what we eat can affect our health.

But did you know that one of our favorite breakfast foods can actually cause major problems

A new study that was published earlier this week showed that eating more than 3-4 eggs per week leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

The study done by investigators at Northwestern University looks at about 30,000 patients over the course of about 17 years which experts note is a sizable and noteworthy study.

Doctors say the concern is heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and death—conditions that doctors say your diet choices play a large roll in.

A cardiologist at UK’s Gill Heart and Vascular Institute says it’s not necessarily the egg we should be concerned about, he says it’s more about the fact that there’s at least half of your allotted cholesterol count for the day inside one egg.

He has several tips as you think about what to make for breakfast.

“Be aware of cholesterol in your diet,” Dr. Adrian Messerli. “Try to keep cholesterol to less than 300 milligrams per day. Egg consumption? Probably 1-2 eggs per week is reasonable. Once you get beyond that, it’s going to start raising you consumption of cholesterol.”

It’s also important to remember that most of the cholesterol is in the yoke so if you can’t get down to 1-4 eggs per week, a good compromise may be leaving the yokes out as often as you can.