We Settle the Debate: Are Eggs Bad for You?

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So many delicious dishes are made from eggs: eggs Benedict, shakshouka, frittata—we could go on. Packed with protein and vitamin E, eggs are the perfect breakfast food or lunch accessory (what's better than a runny egg in a steamy bowl of ramen?). Somehow, though, eggs have stood firmly at the epicenter of a long-term debate as to whether or not they're actually good for you—a Prevention article once ran the headline "Eggs Are Worse Than Cigarettes?" in reference to a study that suggested eating egg yolks was two-thirds as bad as smoking in terms of arterial plaque buildup. (Spoiler: The study suggests an association between eggs and plaque, not a direct causal relationship.)

Eggs are also naturally high in cholesterol (187 grams in one large egg) and thus assumed to raise the cholesterol in your blood (more on that below). The fat content (5 grams per large egg) also sounds the uncertainty alarm, but all of this considered, is consuming your weekly egg diet—whether that's deviled, scrambled, over easy, etc.—leading you down a slippery slope? Well, our finding are below.

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