A recent research study has come to a startling conclusion — eating egg yolks can be almost as bad for you as smoking. A simple conclusion is that those at risk of vascular disease need to avoid egg yolks.
People who ate three or more yolks a week had significantly increased plaque compared with people who ate two or fewer yolks a week, the team found. That makes sense, Spence said, since just “one egg yolk contains more than the recommended daily intake of cholesterol.”
An expert not connected to the study agreed. According to Samantha Heller, clinical nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., “it is known that the amount of cholesterol in many egg yolks is more than the recommended 200 milligrams per day for people with risk factors for cardiovascular disease.”
The study authors noted that the effect of egg yolks on plaque was independent of the person’s sex, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, smoking, weight and diabetes.