Fiona Wilkinson.

Eating an egg a day won’t have a negative impact on your heart health.

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked into the diets of 1,032 men between 42 – 60 years old. After 21 years the scientists from University of Eastern Finland re-evaluated the participants’ health and found that 230 had a myocardial infarction (heart attack) and 32.5% carried the APOE4 gene responsible for lower cholesterol metabolism.

The researchers found that high dietary cholesterol was not linked to the risk of heart disease, even in those with the APOE4 gene.

If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol this study is worth remembering: dietary cholesterol in the form of eggs won’t do you any harm. The best way to balance your cholesterol is for you to eat plenty of wholegrains, healthy plant-based oils (olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocado).

Include omega-3s from oily fish and make sure you are getting enough sleep to keep you in good health.


Associations of egg and cholesterol intakes with carotid intima-media thickness and risk of incident coronary artery disease according to apolipoprotein E phenotype in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study