Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bad News for Folk who like Egg Yolk: Study Warns Eating the Whole Egg is as Dangerous as Smoking

            Good Day Humboldt County!

I’m not sure I can digest the fact that something I’ve been eating for 62-years is suddenly going to kill me. I like to ignore studies like this, but I think it’s only right that I share this information and let you judge. 

 I’m trying to imagine what warning labels would look like on cartons of eggs. The graphics shown here could be a blueprint for cartons of eggs in October. “Boo-Ware! Of Egg Yolks!”

Just as you were ready to tuck into a nice three-egg omelet again, comforted by the reassuring news that eggs are not so bad for you, here comes a study warning that for those over 40, the number of egg yolks consumed per week accelerates the thickening of arteries almost as severely as does cigarette smoking.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Atherosclerosis, measured the carotid wall thickness -- a key indicator of heart disease risk -- of 1,231 patients referred to a vascular prevention clinic, and asked each to detail a wide range of their health habits, from smoking and exercise to their consumption of egg yolks. Just as smoking is often tallied as "pack-years" (the number of cigarette packs smoked per day for how many years), egg-yolk consumption was tallied as "egg yolk years" (the number of egg yolks consumed per week times the number of years they were eaten).” (Read the rest here)

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