(We knew it all along, right?)
the BBC -
egg consumption has little effect on
cholesterol levels, research has confirmed.
A University of Surrey team said their
work suggested most people could eat
as many eggs as they wanted without damaging
The researchers, who analysed several
studies of egg nutrition, said the idea
that eating more than three eggs a week
was bad for you was still widespread.
But they said that was a misconception
based on out-of-date evidence.
Writing in the British Nutrition Foundation's Nutrition Bulletin, they said eating
saturated fats was far more likely to cause health problems.
Researcher Professor Bruce Griffin said eggs were actually a key part of a healthy
diet, as they were particularly packed full of nutrients.
He said: "The ingrained misconception linking egg consumption to high blood
cholesterol and heart disease must be corrected.
The amount of saturated fat in our diet exerts an effect on blood cholesterol
that is several times greater than the relatively small amounts of dietary cholesterol.
The UK public do not need to be limiting the number of eggs they eat - indeed
they can be encouraged to include them in a healthy diet as they are one of nature's
most nutritionally dense foods."
While elevated blood cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart disease, only
around a third of the cholesterol in the body comes from the diet.
Other factors such as smoking, being overweight and physical activity can influence
blood fat and cholesterol levels and heart disease risk.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) dropped its advice to limit egg consumption
to three a week in 2007 in light of new evidence.
However, research by the British Egg Information Service suggests 45% of consumers
still believe it was sensible to limit consumption.
Victoria Taylor, a senior BHF dietician, said: "We recommend that eggs can
be eaten as part of a balanced diet.
There is cholesterol present in eggs but this does not usually make a great contribution
to your level of blood cholesterol.
If you need to reduce your cholesterol level it is more important that you cut
down on the amount of saturated fat in your diet from foods like fatty meat,
full fat dairy products and cakes, biscuits and pastries."
In 2007 the Egg Information Service was banned from re-running a television commercial
from the 1950s which urged viewers to "go to work on an egg" to celebrate
its 50th anniversary.
The Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre said the slogan went against the principle
of eating a varied diet.