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Egg Yolk Cigarette Study Vindicates Vegans

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Research highlighted in the vegan-friendly movie “What The Health” uncovered the inconvenient truth from an egg yolk cigarette study that eating eggs are just as unhealthy as smoking. While this has caused an uproar for the egg industry, the research showed that eating eggs results in arterial plaque that increases linearly with age and arterial plaque increases exponentially with smoking. Therefore, probably egg yolks should be avoided by persons at risk of vascular disease.


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Research In Egg Yolk Cigarette Study Shows Eggs Cause Arterial Plaque

While vegans have always known to avoid eggs for ethical reasons a recent egg yolk cigarette study published in the journal Atherosclerosis has vindicated their beliefs for health reasons. Reserchers assessed the arterial plaque in patients attending Canadian vascular prevention clinics to determine if their atherosclerosis burden, as a marker of arterial damage, was related eating eggs. To provide perspective on the magnitude of the effect, researchers also analysed the effect of smoking.


Arterial plaque was measured in patients attending vascular prevention clinics at University Hospital by ultrasound. The subjects filled out questionnaires regarding their lifestyle and medications, including pack-years of smoking, and the number of egg yolks consumed per week times the number of years consumed.

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Data were available in 1262 patients; average age was 61.5 and 47% were women. Carotid plaque area increased linearly with age after age 40, but increased exponentially with pack-years of smoking and with egg-yolk years. Plaque area in patients consuming less than 2 eggs per week was lower, than in those consuming 3 or more eggs per week. In multiple regression, egg-yolk years remained significant after adjusting for coronary risk factors.


Researcher’s findings in the egg yolk cigarette study therefore suggest that regular consumption of egg yolk should be avoided by persons at risk of cardiovascular disease. This hypothesis should be tested in a prospective study with more detailed information about diet, and other possible confounders such as exercise and waist circumference.