Some health experts now say eating egg yokes may be as bad as for your health as smoking.
In a new study, researchers at Western University in Canada found that cholesterol-rich egg yolks can stiffen your arteries almost as much as smoking, no matter how you cook them, whether boiled, scrambled or sunny-side up.
The study author, Dr. David Spence, Professor of Neurology says, "People at risk of vascular disease should not eat egg yolks. The cholesterol found in an egg's yellow center can even clog the carotid artery leading to the brain, upping risks for stroke."
The study's research team collected data on more than 1,200 men and women who were taking part in an initiative aimed at curbing heart disease.
The research team found that people who ate three or more yolks a week had significantly increased plaque compared with people who ate two or fewer yolks a week.
They said, regular consumption of egg yolks sped up plaque deposits in arteries at a rate that was about two-thirds the rate seen with smoking.
The report was published online this month in Atherosclerosis.
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