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A study found that consuming two eggs per day was linked to a 27 percent higher risk of developing heart disease. But many experts say this new finding is no justification to drop eggs from your diet.
Eggs have made a big comeback. Americans now consume an estimated 280 eggs per person per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And that’s a significant increase compared with a decade ago.
Part of the renewed appeal stems from the dietary advice we got back in 2016. That’s when the U.S. Dietary Guidelines dropped a long-standing recommended limit on dietary cholesterol. The move was seen as a green light to eat eggs.
But a new study published in the medical journal JAMA reopens a long-standing debate about the risks tied to consuming too much dietary cholesterol.
“What we found in this study was that if you consumed two eggs per day, there was a 27 percent increased risk of developing heart disease,” says researcher Norrina Allen, an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University.