(Brenda Goodman, WebMD) — Eggs, a staple of the American diet, have been cast once again as a villain. It’s not specifically the eggs, but the cholesterol in eggs that seems to be the problem, according to a new study.
Wait, what? Yes, it’s true. Even the researchers who worked on the study aren’t happy about it.
“It’s sad news to everyone,” says study author Norrina Allen, PhD, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago.
You might be forgiven for thinking of eggs as beyond reproach. In 2015, the experts who compile the U.S. Dietary Guidelines largely gave cholesterol a pass, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to support telling Americans to stick to a certain daily limit. WW (formerly Weight Watchers) tells its members to eat eggs with abandon, counting them as a free food in its diet plan.
As Americans have embraced low-carb diets, many have turned to eggs as a reliable protein source. According to industry data, the average American will eat more eggs in 2019 than any time for the past 20 years. (…)