The Bawmann Group
HEART HEALTHY– BENEFITS OF NATIONAL HEART MONTH AND NATIONAL HOT BREAKFAST MONTH CAN LAST THROUGH THE YEAR
DENVER – February 2013 – February is over, but that doesn’t mean we should forget matters of the heart as the year progresses. In honor of National Heart Month and National Hot Breakfast Month, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants Coloradans to take time to reflect about one’s heart and make a conscious decision to keep it healthy every month of the year.
“Along with being a quick and delicious hot meal, eggs are also good for your heart,” said Mike O’Connor, Colorado egg farmer and member of the CEP. “Research over time reinforces this, proving that eggs are an important part of a low-calorie, nutrient-dense and balanced diet for all ages.”
Nutrition data from the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) shows that eggs are naturally lower in cholesterol than thought in previous years. The USDA-ARS reviewed the nutrient composition of standard large eggs, and results show that the average amount of cholesterol in one large egg is 185 mg, 14 percent lower than previously recorded and well within the 300mg recommended daily value of cholesterol. The analysis also revealed that large eggs contain 41 IU of vitamin D, an increase of 64 percent from estimates several years ago.
More than 40 years of research has shown that healthy adults, as part of a well balanced diet, can eat eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. Below is a snapshot of the research over the years, courtesy of the American Egg Board.
- A 2008 study from Surrey University published in the European Journal of Nutrition provides evidence that increasing dietary cholesterol intake by eating two eggs a day does not increase total plasma cholesterol when accompanied by moderate weight loss. The study authors concluded that cholesterol-rich foods should not be excluded from dietary advice for weight loss.
- A 2007 study of 9,500 people reported in Medical Science Monitor showed that eating one or two eggs a day did not increase the risk of heart disease or stroke among healthy adults. The study noted that eating eggs might actually be associated with a decrease in blood pressure.
- A study presented at the Experimental Biology conference in 2007 showed that egg consumption contributed less than one percent of the risk for heart disease when other adjustable risk factors were taken into account. The researchers concluded that wide-sweeping recommendations to limit egg consumption might be misguided, particularly when eggs' nutritional contributions are considered.
- In 2006, Nutrition Bulletin published a review of scientific studies from the past 30 years showing that eating eggs daily does not have a significant impact on blood cholesterol or heart disease risk. The authors noted several benefits of egg consumption — including the high-quality protein eggs provide — and argued that consumption of one to two eggs a day should be actively encouraged as part of a calorie-restricted weight-loss plan.
- A six-week study conducted by researchers at the Yale Prevention Research Center in 2005 showed that adding two eggs a day to a healthful diet did not significantly increase blood cholesterol levels in young or middle-aged men and women with normal or even moderately elevated blood cholesterol levels.
- A review of more than 25 studies that appeared in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2000 showed that eating an egg a day isn't associated with increased risk of heart disease in healthy men and women, even after taking into account other aspects of their diet that may increase the risk for heart disease.
- A 1999 Harvard University study that collected data from more than 100,000 men and women found no significant difference in heart disease risk between healthy adults who ate less than one egg a week and those who ate more than one egg a day, and that eating up to one egg a day is unlikely to have a significant overall impact on the risk of heart disease or stroke.
Celebrate National Heart Month and National Hot Breakfast Month by treating your body to a healthy first meal every day of the year. Whether you microwave an egg in a coffee cup, cook it with a bowl of hearty oatmeal or whip up a veggie omelet, your heart, body and mind will reap the healthy benefits.
CEP is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout the state. Members are committed to doing what’s right for their communities, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout Colorado. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets.
For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com. Engage with CEP and find tasty recipes on Facebook at facebook.com/coeggproducers, Twitter at twitter.com/coeggproducers and Pinterest at pinterest.com/coeggproducers.