Most research on heart health focuses on the BIG things. You can probably guess the ones I’m talking about because they’re the things your doctor likely brings up whenever you’re in for a visit.
- massive lifestyle changes
- powerful drugs
- major operations
You get the idea.
But some of the best options for heart protection often come from the small stuff instead. Because let’s face it, those are the kinds of changes most of us can realistically handle and work into our daily routine.
And that’s precisely what one recent study recommends. It’s a change so small and humble that, on most days, you’d never think twice about it.
Heck, if you’re like me, you might even be practicing this heart-healthy routine already (especially in the morning). Because it’s simply eating EGGS.
And if that’s the case, the new study reveals that this small step could deliver a big leap in protection from heart disease and even early death.
Eggs are linked to a healthy heart
Now, as a Healthier Talk reader, you may know I’ve been singing the praises of eggs for years. Because despite the myth that eggs will send your cholesterol skyrocketing, they’re a nearly perfect food.
In fact, new research confirms they not only won’t harm your cardiovascular health, but they’re also actually GOOD for your heart.
Eggs aren’t just a delicious addition to your meals. They’re also loaded with protective nutrients and minerals. And the new study finds eating eggs every day can help raise your levels of several vital markers of cardiovascular health.
Blood tests found daily egg eaters have higher levels of apolipoprotein A1. That’s an essential protein that helps the body crank out more HDL cholesterol.
The egg-eating volunteers had higher levels of HDL cholesterol – the “good” kind – as a result. But that’s not all. They also had higher levels of the larger HDL particles that are even more effective at helping to keep blood vessels clean and clear.
That cuts the odds of blockages, reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
The tests also looked at 14 other compounds in the blood linked to a higher or lower heart-disease risk.
Now keep in mind this wasn’t designed to be a cause-and-effect type study. But the results were still impressive.
The researchers found that the egg fans had lower levels of the bad ones and higher levels of the good ones. However, the participants who avoided eggs, on the other hand, had the opposite: lower levels of the good ones and higher levels of the bad ones.
In other words, avoiding eggs could potentially be bad for your health.
MORE reasons to eat eggs
I can’t think of a food that’s battled more misinformation than the humble egg.
Eggs used to be the ultimate breakfast food… a morning staple. Having sunny side up or scrambled eggs was as much a part of getting up as a cup of coffee. For many people, they still are.
But too many folks have avoided eggs ever since so-called health authorities have accused them of having too much fat and cholesterol.
Now, we know the truth. Those fats are healthy fats. And the cholesterol in eggs won’t significantly raise blood levels of LDL cholesterol.
Just the opposite, in fact. As the new study shows, it can actually HELP with cholesterol by increasing HDL. Even the health authorities have come around and now recommend eggs again.
Yet eggs still haven’t quite regained their place of honor at the breakfast table. In many cases, they’ve been replaced by unhealthier foods such as cereal and bagels.
Sure, they’re tasty too. But cereal and bagels are also some of the emptiest of carbs, not to mention highly processed ones. Replace them with eggs, and you can enjoy more than the lower heart risk found in the new study.
The protein in eggs can help build muscle, the choline can help protect your brain, and the combination of fat, protein, and more can lead to a satisfying feeling of “fullness” so you won’t be hungry again an hour after breakfast.
I’ve got even more on the incredible benefits of delicious and nutritious eggs right here.
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