Research Report News Podcast: Rethinking Dietary Cholesterol For Heart Health

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Finnish researchers recently found that eggs may not be as bad for the heart due to high cholesterol as originally thought. These findings come after tracking the dietary habits of more than 1,000 Finnish men for over 20 years. All were heart healthy when the study began, and about one-third carried the APOE4 gene. This gene is known to increase dietary cholesterol sensitivity.

This study did not find a link between the consumption of eggs or total dietary cholesterol intake and heart disease risk. This was even true for carriers of the APOE4 gene. Therefore, when eaten with an overall healthy diet pattern, an egg a day does not seem to pose a risk to heart health.

These findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on February 10, 2016.

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