Really, It's Okay to Eat Eggs

John T. MacKay, MD
By John T. MacKay, MD
November 17, 2020
Eggs are okay to eat

If you pay attention to nutrition news, you’ve probably heard just about everything about eggs. The good, the bad and the half-boiled! Here’s the latest: Eggs aren’t the pariah they once were. 

In January 2020, the journal Circulation published a science advisory from American Heart Association Nutrition Committee that states eggs may be included as part of a healthy eating pattern. 

But this really isn’t news. A few years ago, researchers realized that moderate egg consumption (i.e., one egg a day) had a beneficial effect on cognitive performance, according to a study published in 2017. In this study, called the Kuopio Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, 2,497 men aged 42 to 60 and free of any dementia were enrolled into the study and followed for 22 years. Each 100 mg increase in dietary cholesterol was associated with a decrease in the incidence of Alzheimer’s dementia and improved performance on tests that involve executive functioning. 

How is this possible? The brain is made of fat. Without fat, forget it—literally. 

Egg consumption apparently doesn’t increase your heart disease risk either. A 21-year follow-up in the very same study looked at carotid artery thickness, which is associated with cardiac risk. The study found no relationship between egg intake and vascular disease.

If you stopped eating eggs, you may want to add them back to the menu.

This blog reflects the medical opinion of Dr. Lou Malinow, an MDVIP-affiliated internist, board-certified hypertension specialist and Diplomate of the American Board of Lipidology, and not necessarily the opinion of all physicians in the MDVIP national network.

This content was last reviewed November 2020.

About the Physician
John T. MacKay, MD

MDVIP has enabled me to practice medicine in the manner patients deserve. The time I have available allows me to form very close bonds with my patients to help to facilitate a level of trust and comfort that is difficult to find in a traditional practice. As a cholesterol and blood pressure specialist, I tend to take a very aggressive preventive approach to medicine, which I believe will be extremely beneficial decades down the road. My patients appreciate my emphasis on wellness and my dedication to remaining on top of current medical information. The ability to positively impact so many lives is such a privilege; I really can't wait to get to work every day!

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